Back Crystal Palace at 15/1 with a 44-point start for the 2014/15 season
Crystal Palace are 15/1 with bet365 to win the 2014/15 Premier League although that doesn’t mean backing them to win the title.
Instead, consider the Eagles to win the Handicap betting market which means each team in the top flight is given a fictional points start to level the playing field and add to the excitement from a betting point of view.
When we say EVERY team, that doesn’t mean Chelsea who are off scratch and are considered the side to beat for the 2014/15 season, with champions Manchester City off a one-point start while a rejuvenated Manchester United get five points in hand.
However, the top teams could be set to take points off each other and we saw plenty of points dropped against the so-called lesser clubs last season, with Chelsea stumbling against the likes of Aston Villa and Sunderland which ended up costing them dearly.
Crystal Palace were flying under Tony Pulis come the end of last season and bet365 can be punished for giving the Eagles a 44-point handicap this term, with the South London side set to be tight at the back and full of ambition moving forward.
Pulis has a wealth of experience managing in the top flight thanks to his time at Stoke City and the Welshman can steer Palace in the top half and well within 44 points of the top teams, especially as they have Champions League commitments.
Southampton wound up in eighth place last season although bet365 are giving them a massive 39 points on Chelsea this season thanks to the exodus at St Mary’s.
Several of the Saints players have left for Liverpool and it’s interesting to see the Reds afforded 11 points in the season handicap market, with Brendan Rodgers bulking up his squad for a title tilt in addition to a Champions League campaign.
Meanwhile, Burnley are off a 50-point mark in the Premier League handicap market with the new boys expected to struggle more than QPR despite finishing well ahead of them in the Championship last term.
We will stick with Crystal Palace each-way to bring home the bacon, with Glenn Murray getting a chance to strut his stuff with Marouane Chamakh this term after spending most of the campaign on the sidelines.
BETTING TIP: Crystal Palace on Premier League season handicap + 44 @ 15/1 with Bet365