With the 2014 World Cup now having drawn to a conclusion attention now turns more towards the English Premier League. And it has to be said that if the 2014/15 Premier League Season will be as exciting as the previous one then we are in for many good games once the competition gets underway on Saturday 16th August, 2014. The upcoming 2014–15 Premier League season will actually be the 23rd season, since its inception back in 1992.
As is always the case in the offseason, player transfers are always a source of great interest for fans of the EPL. One of the big controversies of the World Cup was Luis Suarez’s biting incident. The Uruguayan striker was sold by Liverpool to Barcelona in a reported $128 million dollar deal. After being rated as the world’s best striker before going into the World Cup, his absence will definitely be huge. Liverpool’s strong 2013-14 season means they will play in the Champions League this season, which is extra workload they didn’t have to contend with last season.
Chelsea is a club that has bought well in the offseason. Frank Lampard played his last season for the Blues but they’ve picked up star striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. And the 2014-15 season will also see the return of Didier Drogba to Chelsea, who has signed a one year deal.
Manchester City are yet to announce any huge signings. The other Manchester club is reportedly signing Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, although the deal is not done yet. Vidal’s Chilean team mate Alexis Sanchez has decided on his future. He is making a move from Barcelona to Arsenal that will add a more potent option to the Gunners attack in a reported £35 million dollar deal.
In addition to squad changes, movement in the managerial ranks also takes place. After The Red Devils bad season and the sacking of David Moyes, Ryan Giggs stepped in as the stand in coach at the end of last season, but he will step aside as the club has appointed Louis van Gaal as the new coach of Manchester United.
Futures betting offers are always popular. In the futures betting market, the early money is on Chelsea to win the 2014-15 Barclay’s Premier League at 7/4, given all their new signings to bolster the squad. Manchester City, who are defending their title, are second favorites with Coral at 12/5. With the window still open for player transfers until September, Manchester United are expected to make a number of new signings, and are third favorites to win the title at 5/1. As a way to attract new football punters, online bookmakers are offering free bet offers on the 2014/15 Premier League title race.