Perhaps over recent years the Premier League has been a little too predictable, especially in its higher echelons; however that is likely to change and the 2013-14 Premier League season appears to be heading towards being considerable more competitive and more tightly contested. This has been brought about by a major management shuffle at the top end, and the management structure has changed in all three of last season’s leaders. There has also been some game changing transfers to factor into your calculations.
The biggest change is Manchester United. Currently priced at 5/2 the club is now only the third favourite to win the Premier League. The departure of Sir Alex Fergusson and the forthcoming departure of Wayne Rooney are having a significant impact on the betting odds. The favourite club to win the Premier League is Chelsea and this has been spurred on by the return of Jose Mourinho six years after his original departure. With odds as short as 2/1 this would seem to be a little short to be considered value and you might be better advised to look a little deeper; for instance you can find odds as long as 11/1 fir quality clubs such as Arsenal or even casino style odds such as 40/1 on Tottenham. Read more »
Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale has said that he is extremely happy with the way this season has been progressing. Bale is currently one of the six players who are nominated for the PFA player of the year award at the end of the season. This is one of the most coveted awards for a player in English football. Bale won the Young player of the year award last season. He is nominated for the category once again along with the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. Bale is having one of his best seasons as a professional footballer after managing to score 23 goals in all competitions for Tottenham this season.
He has been widely linked with a £ 45 million move to Real Madrid in the summer, but he has rejected any talk of a transfer by saying that he is concentrating on the football right now. Bale was one of the influential players on the pitch in the recent 3-1 win over Manchester City. He has made his comeback into the first team despite still not recovering fully from the ankle injury he suffered in the Europa league match against FC Basel a few days ago. Bale is aiming to become the fifth player in the history of English football to win the PFA awards twice.
“The PFA nomination is massive. It’s great for your peers to vote for you. Hopefully I will win. To be nominated is fantastic and fingers crossed. The game against City was amazing. We knew it was massive going into it. The lads showed a lot of character. In the end, it was a fantastic turnaround. As soon as we scored the first everyone had that confidence, the fans raised the noise and gave us that belief to go forward and thankfully we were able to score two more,” said Bale.