2012-13 English Premier League Kicks Off
The 2012-13 English Premier League kicked off in exhilarating style on the weekend, highlighted by the sterling performance of defending champions Manchester City, who came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2.
Because English Premier League (EPL) games are beamed and streamed all over the world these days, betting fans from Venice to Vancouver can enjoy all the soccer action live, as well as bet on games at an increasing number of online sportsbooks.
For this reason, Canadian-friendly online sports betting site Bodog has posted a selection of 2012-13 English Premier League betting lines, including the outright league winner, which has Manchester City leading the way on 1/66 odds, followed by Manchester United on 1/33 odds, Chelsea on 1/4 odds and Arsenal on 8/13 odds.
Manchester Expected to Yield League Winner
After the nail-biting end to last season, which saw fierce rivals Manchester City and Manchester United battle it out to the bitter end, it's not surprising that this season most soccer pundits foresee yet another Manchester victory, as these two highly-funded teams seem set to continue their famous rivalry en route to the top of the table.
Although, it has to be said that while winning the English Premier League is old hat for Red Devils' manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his team, it is still very much a novelty for Citizens' manager Roberto Mancini and his team, who's incredible victory last season marked the club's first league title in 44 years.
So the big betting question is whether Mancini and co can continue their winning momentum into the new season? The premature answer is yes, judging by how City overcame a deficit on the weekend to beat Southampton (who granted are the least favored to win the League this season), and start off the new season with three points.
City is already Putting Pressure on United
This means that City is already putting the pressure on their derby rivals, who will only kick off their season today (Monday, August 20) when they travel to take on Everton as the overwhelming 10/11 favorites at most online sportsbooks, including Bodog.
In other results from the weekend, Chelsea started their season off in winning form by racking up a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Sunday. However, the same could not be said for Arsenal, who had to be content with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Saturday, to the chagrin of manager, Arsene Wenger.
Here are the current 2012-13 EPL outright winner odds posted at Bodog:
2012-13 EPL Winner Odds at Bodog
Manchester City - 1/66
Manchester Utd - 1/33
Chelsea - 1/4
Arsenal - 8/13
Tottenham Hotspur - 9/4
Liverpool - 11/4
Newcastle United - 10/1
Everton - 18/1
Fulham - 66/1
Sunderland - 66/1
Aston Villa - 100/1
Stoke City - 100/1
Queens Park Rangers - 125/1
West Bromwich Albion - 125/1
Swansea City - 150/1
West Ham United - 150/1
Wigan - 250/1
Norwich City - 300/1
Reading - 300/1
Southampton - 300/1