Premier League Specials 2023/24 – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

The new Premier League campaign is fast-approaching and Star Sports have a whole range of specials for the season ahead.

Our football expert has compiled this guide which hopefully will help you find some value ahead of the big kick-off!

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Top Goalscorer

How can anyone stop Erling Haaland? That’s the question facing Premier League defenders this season after all netting a record-breaking 36 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier League, and it’s understandable that he’s just 4/6 to win back-to-back golden boots. It’s hard to put anyone off that price, although with four each/way places – three of them up for grabs if Haaland just streaks clear again – it’s worth having a look around to hit the places.

Marcus Rashford sprung to life after the World Cup, scoring 22 goals in all competitions after coming home from Qatar, with 13 of those coming in the Premier League as he landed 17 goals in all. With Rashford now fully fit – he had to overcome a back injury combined with shoulder surgery which sidelined him for a combined seven months – and a full preseason under his belt, he could well continue his great form from the end of the last campaign and if that was the case then he’s capable of breaking the 25-goal mark here.

Rashford could also benefit from United’s decision to sign Mason Mount, with Bruno Fernandes likely to play higher up the pitch, and punters should not be put off by Rasmus Hojlund’s arrival, with the talented 20-year-old newcomer one of only two out-and-out strikers at United undertaking his first season in English football.

Ollie Watkins landed 15 goals for Aston Villa but crucially 13 of those came after Unai Emery arrived and with Emery now settled and Villa having made some exciting additions, there’s no reason he can’t improve on that tally. Over the past ten years, the average goal tally of the fourth-highest scorer has been 18.7 goals, and it’s not hard to imagine Watkins adding 3 or more goals this season if Villa stay on the same path.

Last but not least, have some each/way thievery with Mohamed Salah. He managed 19 goals in a Liverpool team that was all at sea last season, and he now goes off at a bigger price than he has in the last three campaigns despite the expected improvement from the Reds. 8/1 with starsports.bet offering a ¼ the odds for 4 places appears most fair.

PFA Player of the Year

This could be a big year for Jack Grealish. Much maligned after his initial struggles at Manchester City, he benefitted hugely from his initial season there to understand his role, much like Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, all of whom only really hit their stride in their second seasons under Guardiola after learning his tactics.

Grealish, who is now comfortable staying on the left and waiting for the ball, played a key role in big games as City headed for the treble, and with Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan now gone, he should be a fixture in Guardiola’s lineup, meaning he can beat the 23 appearances he made last season. If he keeps up his form, he’s unlikely to be a 20/1 shot for a City side that’s just 8/11 to win the league.

Goalscorer Handicap

This market – which doesn’t include Harry Kane – could be the best way of supporting Erling Haaland. He finished last season six clear of Kane but 16 clear of Ivan Toney, with Mohamed Salah one goal further back. It’s hard not to imagine him in the same form this season and 14/1 is absolutely worth chancing that he can dominate to a similar extent, with Haaland benefitting from the fact he’s City’s penalty taker and clear main option.

Take a couple more against the field in the shape of Marcus Rashford (+13) and Ollie Watkins (+17), who have been selected for the Golden Boot. Rashford was sensational after the World Cup last season and could kick on this year with a pre-season break under his belt whilst Watkins has quietly become one of the Premier League’s most consistent strikers, netting 15 goals season after registering 11 in 2021-22 and 14 in 2020-21. The 27-year-old has been thriving under Unai Emery and with big things expected of Villa – who have added Moussa Diaby to their side – this season, he could better that tally.

Season Points Handicap

Expect a lot better from Chelsea this season, who are interesting given an 18-point start. Last year’s shocking campaign can be forgotten about pretty easily and it’s important to remember the talent available to Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge. Reece James, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill and Ben Chilwell are high-class defensive options whilst Enzo Fernandez is one of the standout midfielders in the league.

Should new signing Christopher Nkunku – who scored 36 times in 51 Bundesliga starts in his last two seasons at RB Leipzig – hit the ground running then Chelsea can quickly start making good headway, and with no European distractions, a leaner squad and top-class prospects at Stamford Bridge they can bounce back this season.

Unai Emery has transformed fortunes at Aston Villa, with 15 wins in 25 league games since taking over from Steven Gerrard, and their prospects for the upcoming season look bright. Villa have added extra quality with the arrivals of Youri Tielemans, Pau Torres and exciting French winger Moussa Diaby, who caught the eye at Bayer Leverkusen last season.

Villa’s home form was most impressive, with wins in their last seven games at Villa Park, whilst they beat both Newcastle and Manchester United in front of their own fans, and if they continue in the same vein this season then a 31-point start looks very fair.

Goalscoring Pairs (Which Pair Will Score The Most Premier League Goals?)

Darwin Nunez & Bukayo Saka make appeal. Nunez received a lot of criticism last season for a frustrating campaign which saw him miss 20 big chances, but he still managed nine goals during his first campaign, and it would be no surprise if he improved on that now he’s bedded in. The atmosphere at Anfield appears more positive ahead of this season and it would be no surprise if he benefited.

Bukayo Saka scored 14 goals last season in Arsenal’s title bid and it would be no surprise if he matched or improved that record in this campaign.

Top Assists

9/4 is a very fair price about Kevin De Bruyne, who topped this market last season with 16 assists, many of them to Erling Haaland. He should take the beating again although injury is a worry – he could miss the start of the campaign, having missed the pre-season with hamstring trouble.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is an appealing each/way bet at 15/2 with starsports.bet. His move into midfield rejuvenated Liverpool’s attack last season, with seven assists in his last 11 games, and we can expect more of the same this season even with Liverpool’s new midfield additions. Alexander-Arnold, one of the best crossers in the league, also has four top forwards to target in the shape of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo, and he can have a productive season if Liverpool go well.

Jack Grealish managed 7 assists from just 23 appearances for City as he hit his stride last season and with Riyad Mahrez (10 assists) and Ilkay Gundogan (six assists) now gone his role is arguably more important. Kevin de Bruyne is likely to have the bulk of assists for City, but with so many goals in their team they can supply multiple contenders in this market and Grealish could go very well.

Without Big 7

Aston Villa and Brighton are deserving favourites in this market, and it’s hard to separate the two, with Villa just making more appeal although that’s reflected in the prices. There are three each/way places in this market, however, and Brentford are interesting with that in mind.

The Bees were hugely impressive last season – achieving their best finish since 1938 – and whilst Ivan Toney’s ban is a blow, Brentford have proved that they can cope without him, winning five of their seven games where Toney was absent last season. Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo stepped upto the plate when Toney was gone, and Tomas Frank’s tactical flexibility can also help fill the gap left up front. Brentford only suffered nine defeats last season and they could be a more solid option than other contenders in this market.

First Manager to Leave

News of a rift over transfers have made David Moyes a short-priced market leader but that may be premature given reports that West Ham have landed Edson Alvarez from Ajax, whilst also pushing for Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire from Manchester United, and it may be best to leave him for bigger prices. Bournemouth have a tough set of fixtures to begin the season – five of their opening seven fixtures are against teams who finished in the top half of last season – and given that they ‘sacked’ two managers last season, Andoni Iraola is of interest.

Sheffield United – who are just 4/6 to go down – could also struggle early on with Tottenham, Newcastle and Manchester City in their first seven fixtures – and Paul Heckingbottom could also find himself under pressure.

WILLIAM KEDJANYI

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