The Premier League is back. Well, almost. It doesn't get underway until Saturday, which means there is still some time to get your bets in before the season. Here are five bets you should probably consider.
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Chelsea - 5/1 to win the league
Chelsea definitely aren't the favorites to win the Premier League, but you're not going to get good odds on Manchester City or even Manchester United. Arsenal isn't a terrible bet at 6/1, but how many times can you get burned by the Gunners title chances and not feel like betting on them to win it all is like lighting money on fire? Meanwhile, Chelsea are also 6/1 and will benefit from a lack of European soccer like Leicester a year ago. They should be fresh all season and have Antonio Conte leading them now. Between that and those odds, it's a pretty good bet.
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Romelu Lukaku - 12/1 to lead the league in goals
In Lukaku's last four seasons, he has scored: 17 goals, 15 goals, 10 goals and 18 goals. Not bad for a striker who is still just 23 years old and hasn't ever played for a great team. If he stays at Everton, he still has an outside shot at leading the league in goals, but imagine if Chelsea buy him, as has been rumored. He could score 30 goals with the service he'd get at Stamford Bridge. The only thing stopping him would be Diego Costa, who might be sold anyway and, even if he stays, has injury issues. At 15/1, jump on it.
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Hull City - 2/1 to finish last
The season starts this weekend and Hull City do not have a manager. They haven't signed a single first choice player either, and their players are even making jokes about not having enough men. This all at a club that has just been promoted from the Championship so, like any team that was in the second division a year ago, they needed to make some serious moves to compete. They haven't and it's hard to imagine them even having a chance to avoid the drop.
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Swansea - 7/2 to finish in the top half
Swansea looked pretty awful for stretches last season, went through three managers, and still finished 12th. They've lost Andre Ayew, but Fernando Llorente could be a big addition up top and Borja Baston almost certainly will be. Add in Mike van der Hoorn and you have a boost to the defense for the Swans too. All this for a team that will be getting a full preseason under manager Francesco Guidolin and Swansea should be better than they were a year ago.
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Divock Origi - 6/1 top Liverpool scorer
Daniel Sturridge is the obvious answer for who will lead Liverpool in goals, but what if he's not fit? Time on the training table has kind of been his thing. Philippe Coutinho is a decent answer, as is Roberto Firmino, but Origi has a decent shout. The 21-year-old is coming into his own and has shown flashes for Liverpool and Belgium. Now he's coming off of an incredible preseason and looks like he's in the form of his life.