PREVIEW: PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN

Get up to speed with the state of the league in our Premier League preview.

The English Premier League has been given the all-clear by authorities and will return to our screens on 17 June. Which means Premier League betting is set to return too.

Following a series of discussions and meetings held between all 20 of the Premier League clubs towards the end of last month, an agreement was made to ensure the return of the competition in mid-June. The first two fixtures scheduled to take place are Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United, followed by a full fixture list that weekend.

Highly valued positions in the table remain up for grabs, with only nine-points separating current fourth-place holders Chelsea from eleventh-place Crystal Palace. Join us as we take a look into the league table and remind ourselves who’s fighting for what!

League title and the battle for the Champions League

We’ll start our Premier League preview at the top. This season, Liverpool have ascended to total domination of the Premier League. As the league restarts, they’re in an incredible position up-front, with the title all but secured. With Klopp’s men needing a total of 87 points to claim their first league title in 30 years, two wins will see them move out of Manchester City’s grasp and be crowned champions of the Premier League.

Although it’s mathematically still possible for Manchester City to challenge for the title, Pep’s men will know that the dream of three Premier League titles in a row is lost to them. Secure in second place with a five-point gap and a game in hand, the Citizens will look to make the best out of the situation, and finish in second place as best of the rest. 

Much like Manchester City, Leicester City find themselves relatively secure, hovering in third place with a five-point gap to Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers will want his team to look forward and not back and will be pushing them to challenge City for a possible second-place finish, setting them up nicely for Champions League football next season.

Three points away from fifth-spot, Chelsea find themselves leading an extremely tight pack of teams fighting for the valuable fourth Champions League place. Although many considered this season a write-off for the Blues due to their summer transfer ban, Frank Lampard’s squad has shown otherwise. Chelsea will hope to continue to be able to rely on their young talented group to secure crucial points against the odds. 

The fight for Europa League

Manchester United find themselves fending off competition for a spot in the Europa League, only six points above eleventh place. Solskjaer will have bigger hopes for the Red Devils though, and no doubt have them focused on challenging Chelsea for a Champions League spot.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United are in similar situations. Equal on points and separated by a couple of goals, both sides will need to fight through the final games of the season for a Europa League place.

North London teams Tottenham and Arsenal have had similarly turbulent seasons, leading both clubs to change manager mid-way through the season. With Jose Mourinho and Mikel Arteta each having a point or two to prove, we’d be reluctant to rule either club out of a last-ditch effort to secure a European spot.

The battle to avoid relegation

With the restart of the league, AFC BournemouthAston Villa and Norwich City are forced to face the grim reality of their situation once again. All find themselves in the red, at the bottom of the table and in danger of relegation. Each club must view the resumption of the league as an opportunity to turn their fortunes around and pick-up some incredibly valuable points that could ensure their survival. 

Premier League Betting

You can expect plenty of Premier League Betting options at EnergyBet to ensure you can make the most of the return of the biggest football league in the world. Join us as we enjoy not only the comeback of English football but lots of other sporting competitions around the world too. 

Stay tuned to EnergyBetWorld as we’ll be previewing Europe’s other top leagues as well as this Premier League preview.

Leyton Orient Season Preview

The 2019/2020 EFL League Two season should be an exciting one in general – it looks wide open – but also for Leyton Orient in particular. The O’s will look to build on last season’s glory filled season and kick on once more.  

Season 2018/19

Last season cannot be described as anything other than an unbridled success for Leyton Orient. Sure, it was disappointing to lose to AFC Fylde at Wembley and miss out on a trophy, but promotion was always the name of the game for The O’s. And promotion was what was delivered, with the club finishing in 1st place and earning a spot back in the English Football League.

Promotion in any form is an achievement, but to do so via automatic promotion and winning the title adds extra kudos. Title wins do not happen by fluke and Leyton Orient can enter the new season with confidence in the players they’ve retained in their squad. Three of last season’s squad made it into the league team of the season, further illustrating the quality within the ranks.

Despite the season being a resounding success, a shadow was cast across the club this summer with the untimely passing of manager Justin Edinburgh. As a coach and the main catalyst for the success that was garnered on the pitch, Edinburgh will go down in club folklore. As a man, he’ll remain in the hearts of supporters of the club forever.

League Two

The lowest tier of the English Football League, League Two, is often the most unpredictable of all the divisions. As it stands – admittedly before a ball has been kicked – the league looks pretty open. Bradford City, Salford City, Plymouth Argyle and Mansfield could all justifiably consider themselves as being in with a shout of winning the title. Leyton Orient can place themselves within a group of clubs chasing a Play-Off sport, such as Northampton, Forest Green and Swindon.

At the bottom of the table, things are less open. Macclesfield look doomed given the financial concerns that surround the club, and Morecambe will have to perform miracles, once again, to prevent relegation to the Vanarama National League.  

Leyton Orient vs Cheltenham Town betting odds

The O’s open their campaign with a home fixture against Cheltenham Town who finished in 16th position in League Two last season. Orient will fancy their chances of bagging some goals as Cheltenham finished with a goal difference of -11 last season and are 6/1 (7.00) to be relegated this season. Leyton Orient are at odds of 16/15 (2.07) to win the match. A Cheltenham victory is priced at 22/9 (3.35). You can back new signing Lee Angol as an anytime scorer on his competitive debut at 8/5 (2.60). Back Leyton Orient to win 2-0 and start the season with a bang at 42/5 (9.40).

LEYTON ORIENT BETTING ODDS

If you fancy Orient to win the title, they’re at 16/1 (17.00) to do so and just outside the major contenders to take the league. They’re very much amongst the contenders for promotion though and are at odds of 7/2 (4.50) to go up to League One. In the top scorer stakes, Lee Angol has odds of 39/1 (40.00) to finish top of the pile.  

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.





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