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Koeman set to be a sorry Saint


Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman

FOLLOWING the welcome summer distraction of the World Cup, the Premier League has crept its way back up on us and will kick off again on Saturday with chairmen and supporters full of dreams that will either be quashed in weeks or take a long nine months to be realised.

After selling almost everything worth more than a tenner during the summer, it could well be a long season for Southampton and their new manager Ronald Koeman.

In total, Southampton have waved goodbye to 12 players in the summer including Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw and while the inclusion of Fraser Forster is a real positive, he may not be able to keep enough clean sheets to stop them going down for which at 4/1 looks a good bet.


At the top end of the table it would look to be between the clubs that dominated last year, although you can expect Manchester United to have more of a say and Tottenham and Everton will be in the hunt for Champions League places as well.

Liverpool may struggle to overcome the loss of Luis Suarez, while Chelsea may still lack a little up front, unless Diego Costa proves to be a sensational signing, therefore the league looks to be Manchester City's to lose.

City are 5/2 to win it outright with Chelsea the current favourites at 9/5, but expect a bit of Manchester domination this season with United expected to finish closest to their noisy neighbours.

The one slight benefit of United's disastrous campaign last season is that they have no European football to get distracted by and that could well be a big aid for Louis van Gaal in his first season and one bet that stood out is Manchester United at 2/1 to finish above Chelsea.

In the league betting without Manchester City and Chelsea, United look good value there at 11/8, while backers of Everton at 6/4 for a top six finish shouldn't be disappointed come the end of the season.

Harry Redknapp has recently recruited Glenn Hoddle to his backroom team and that will be an interesting addition but QPR are 13/8 and value at that to be the top promoted side this season. There's no doubt that under van Gaal, Robin van Persie is going to be the main man up front and he's 9/2 to be leading scorer this season but Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez could prove good each-way value in this market at 14/1 with the first four being paid out by Boylesports.

The most assists market is unsurprisingly wide open with Boylesports going Cesc Fabregas and Mesut Ozil heading the betting at 14-1 but again as an each-way bet David Silva could be a shout at 18/1 and if Liverpool are going to be involved at the business end Raheem Sterling will have to be getting plenty of assists and he's 28/1.