The 2020-21 Premier League season has already been both explosive and unpredictable. With a bumper schedule of fixtures over the festive season and numerous casino bonus options to choose from, there will no doubt be plenty of people looking to take a punt leading up to the festive period.
How best can you turn this topsy-turvy season to your advantage from a gambling perspective? Here are a handful of tips for backing the right teams over the festive period and beyond.
Merit in Manager of the Month
December is always an action-packed month for football, but this season’s fixture congestion is even more hectic than normal, with no fewer than six gameweeks in a single month. There’s value in backing which team will rack up the most points in that window – and which manager will cart off the coveted Manager of the Month award as a result.
Although Tottenham are top of the pile at the time of writing, a difficult run of fixtures means they’re unlikely to still be there come the end of the year. The safer money might look to back Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp or Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, all of whom face fairly favourable schedules. An outside bet might fall on Aston Villa’s Dean Smith, who faces four relegation-threatened teams in those six games and whose team has started brightly thus far.
Top scorer by Xmas
One thing that the Premiership has not lacked for so far this season is goals. Perhaps it’s the absence of fans and the pressure that comes with their presence. Perhaps it’s the multitude of injuries that have hamstrung defences across the board. Perhaps it’s the wealth of attacking talent that teams in the top flight now possess. Whatever the reason behind the glut of goals, you can expect that to continue over the busy festive period – and backing the top scorer come Christmas is another way to snap up good odds.
Although Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Heung-Min Son and Jamie Vardy currently lead the way, the favourable schedule faced by Liverpool could see either Mohammed Salah leapfrog them all, while Diogo Jota has started life at Anfield encouragingly and has one of the best goals-to-minutes ratios in the league, meaning he could pose an attractive outside bet. Meanwhile, Timo Werner seems to be finally adjusting to life in the Premiership at Chelsea and could be replicate to replicate his blistering form for RB Leipzig last season.
Every year, the summer transfer window brings with it plenty of spending by the Premier League participants. 2020 was no exception, with teams spending well over a billion pounds on new faces in total. Will the same thing happen in the January transfer window? And who will splash the mega moolah and outspend their rivals?
With Liverpool’s injury crisis ravaging their back line, it’s highly likely that they will go after at least one premium defender (and perhaps more) to maintain their title charge. Meanwhile, Tottenham’s encouraging start to the season could persuade chairman Daniel Levy to loosen the purse strings further and acquire the world-class centre back they crave. Elsewhere, Man City’s inability to really get going might see them go all guns blazing in the transfer market, as well. Backing one of those three to spend the most money in January could prove fruitful.