Most observers, and those interested in gambling on football, are expecting the 2013/14 battle for promotion to be contested by Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City and Wigan. Leicester looked good at the weekend in their 3-0 win over Watford. At the moment, the bookies agree. QPR have been awarded the status of favourites at 2/5, but really the odds suggest that it is likely to be a close call between the three. But with the players available to Harry Redknapp, the Hoops surely must bounce back up to the Premier League. Wigan’s form has been very up-and-down in the league, mainly due to the mass mount of games they are playing through being in this seasons Europa League. But at 9/2, it would be a brave man to bet against Owen Coyle’s side. Plus with Leicester placed at evens, it is hard to look past the league’s big guns for promotion. But with the Christmas period approaching, what teams could pose a challenge for the promotion push?
We had a difficult campaign last season, and with a squad very thin on the ground, a similar outcome looked on the cards. But the Tangerine Army have flourish this season, and are currently sat comfortably, and deservedly, in the top six. The win at the weekend over Nottingham Forrest another example of us pulling out a last minute win. Many saw the sale of winger Matt Phillips to QPR as huge dint in any promotion hope (a man of the match performance on Saturday for QPR and back in the Scotland squad), but with Tom Ince staying, the man with 6 goals to his name this season seems to be taking over the role of Phillips and himself from last season.
The odds on Blackpool returning to the top flight after a three-year absence have tumbled in recent weeks, and most bookmakers are putting them at 7/1. If they manage to keep Tom Ince fit (and at Blackpool), it could be a fantastic bet.
It only takes a few good results to get yourself into a great position in the Championship, and some of the division’s fallen giants will be hoping for this sort of run. Leeds United under Brian McDermott are well placed at 10/1, Derby join them at 11/1 and last season’s defeated play-off finalists Watford are a good bet with the bookmakers at 11/4 (Maybe not based on the game at the weekend to Leicester).
Of course, it would be easy to say the promotion race is over with the favourites occupying the top spots, but with the transfer window opening in January, the clever punter will wait and see what signings are made before gambling. Whilst making up your mind, the football slots games at a casino online are a great way of spending your time.
It will be interesting if we stay in the top six over christmas and into the New Year if we are seen as real contenders and out odds will shorten. However it all depends on the transfer activity in January, our squad is pretty bare at the moment and it’s only going to get harder.
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