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EPL Surprise Champs?

Going into the opening of the Premier League season last year, pundits and prognosticators alike were justifiably concerned about how Tottenham would perform without a true home pitch.  The new stadium was in full construction mode and Spurs were stuck at Wembley for all of 17-18’s campaign.  After just a so-so start, the Spurs quickly put those concerns to rest and promptly finished top 3 for the second straight season, behind the two clubs from Manchester.

The Spurs, rather quietly I might add, have put one of the best, and easily one of the most consistent, teams together and, I believe, are poised at a title run this season.  Never was that more evident to me than during this summer’s World Cup which showcased Tottenham’s many established and rising star performing at star levels.  With the talen, depth, and coaching consistency and ingenuity that Spurs have again this season, they are my sneaky choice to steal the English Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur 14:1 to win 18-19 EPL

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What to Consider when Betting Matchday 1 in the English Premier League

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 10-12 marks the opening weekend for the 2018-19 English Premier League season.  Manchester City will look to defend its title and build on its 100 point team point tally from 2017-18 (if that’s even possible).  The chase pack will likely include recent oddsmaker sweethearts, Liverpool, who did much this offseason to address their issues in net and lack of team depth, as well as Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal.  Continue reading What to Consider when Betting Matchday 1 in the English Premier League

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A Quick Overview of Soccer in England

For those unfamiliar, this will serve as a quick breakdown of the layout and structure of club football (soccer) in England (and Wales).

The top tier of English football is called the Premier League (20 teams from England and Wales). Below the EPL are the Championship (24 teams), League One (24 teams), League Two (24 teams), and many more. The Premier League is the most lucrative soccer league in the world. They currently have a TV contract with NBC in the U.S. Seasons typically begin in August and end in May with each team playing each other twice (once each on each other’s home pitch) for a total of 38 games for each team. At the end of each season, the bottom three teams are relegated down to the Championship, while three other teams are promoted up from the Championship for the following season. Continue reading A Quick Overview of Soccer in England