2016/17 Betting-Directory Football Tips

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2016/17 Season Tips

Each of the Betting-Directory authors has picked out their best bets for the 2016/17 season. Find out who they are tipping below.

Steve Chambers:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Arsenal 13/2 Arsenal can end their Premier League woe by storming to glory this season, as Arsene Wenger's squad is blessed with huge talent, and providing they all stay fit, then the Gunners can lift the trophy for the first time in 11 years.
Premier League Relegation: Burnley Evens Burnley may have landed the Championship title last term, but Sean Dyche's men struggled in the Premier League last time out, and they will come up short once again and face relegation.
Premier League Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud 28/1 (ew) Olivier Giroud scored 24 goals in all competitions last term, and having impressed on occasions for France at Euro 2016, he can sparkle this term, and at 28/1 with Unibet is scandalously over-priced.
Championship Winner: Derby 12/1 With Newcastle being so short for the Championship title then there's value elsewhere, and Derby, who are often in contention for the second tier crown, can pip the Magpies to the 2016/2017 title.
League 1 Winner: Millwall 11/1 Millwall lost out in the League One play-offs last season, but Neil Harris' men can build on that this term and are a cracking bet at 11/1 with Paddy Power to top the pile.
League 2 Winner: Portsmouth 9/2 Portsmouth were another side that failed to venture out the play-offs last season, but the south coast side are favourites for a reason, and they can dominate from the outset and storm to League Two success.
2016/17 Best Bet: West Brom Lowest EPL Scorers 11/2 West Bromwich Albion fans are set for another dull Premier League campaign under Tony Pulis, and having only scored 34 goals in the Premier League last season, the Baggies, a side devoid of attacking flare, are a superb bet at 11/2 with Betfred to be the lowest scoring team this season.

Paul Dunn:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Manchester United 10/3 Man Utd are a very tentative choice in what looks the most open title race in years. Jose Mourinho’s experience of the Premier League could give them the edge over Guardiola’s City and Conte’s Chelsea.
Premier League Relegation: Middlesbrough and Watford 2/1 and 9/4 I’d expect the relegation trio to come from the top four in the betting. At the prices, Middlesbrough (2/1) and Watford (9/4) appeal more than odds-on Hull and even-money Burnley.
Premier League Top Scorer: Harry Kane 7/1 (ew) Harry Kane disappointed at the Euros but he’s a proven goalscorer in a settled side. At 7/1 he is double the odds of Aguero and rates the value each-way pick.
Championship Winner: Newcastle 15/8 Newcastle are plenty short enough in the betting but they are by far the most likely champions having kept Rafa Benitez at the helm. I wouldn’t be lumping on at less than 2/1 though.
League 1 Winner: Millwall 11/1 (ew) At 11/1 Millwall look a pretty tasty each-way bet having finished fourth in the division (beaten in the play-off final) last season.
League 2 Winner: Portsmouth and Leyton Orient 9/2 (ew) and 10/1 (ew) Portsmouth and Leyton Orient should be right in the mix in League 2. I’ll split stakes and take them both each-way.
2016/17 Best Bet: Man Utd win EFL Cup 8/1 10 of the last 12 League Cups have been won by one of the big six and that trend can continue. Mourinho usually fields a strong line up in this competition so take the 8/1 on Man Utd to win the season’s first major trophy.

Jack Kitson:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Chelsea 6/1 All the talk is unsurprisingly focused on the Manchester duo, but I like the look of Chelsea who will be extremely difficult to beat under the master tactician that is Antonio Conte.
Premier League Relegation: Hull, Burnley and Crystal Palace 8/11, Evs and 6/1 New boys Hull are still managerless, fellow new boys Burnley don’t have the strength in depth, while Crystal Palace could be in real trouble if they play like they did in the second-half of last season.
Premier League Top Scorer: Sergio Aguero 7/2 Simply put he’s the best goalscorer in the Premier League. The Argentine has 102 top-flight goals in five seasons at City, including 24 last term. Banker.
Championship Winner: Derby County 12/1 The obvious pick is Newcastle, but I really like the look of Derby. The Rams have a top class boss in Nigel Pearson while they’ve been knocking on the door in the past three seasons (3rd, 8th, 5th).
League 1 Winner: Bradford 12/1 Finished in the play-offs last season, and under Stuart McCall I’m backing Bradford to go a couple steps better and top the table.
League 2 Winner: Plymouth 18/1 Were there or thereabouts throughout the 2015/16 campaign but were left heartbroken in the play-off final. Expect the south coast club to bounce back in style.
2016/17 Best Bet: Man Utd to win the EFL Cup 8/1 Jose Mourinho loves this competition (won it three times) and he’ll be gunning to add another to the cabinet with new club United.

Chris Knight:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Manchester City  5/2 Jose Mourinho normally uses the first year to rebuild a club before winning the title in his second term so I'll give the edge to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City this season.
Premier League Relegation: Hull, Middlesbrough and Watford 8/11, Evens, and 9/4 Going into the new season, Hull are a mess. Barely a first team squad to choose from and the drop beckons. As for Boro, Aitor Karanka walked out in a huff last year and I fancy that there is an uneasy truce at the Riverside. Poor results could see them fall apart quickly. Watford did fantastically well under Quique Flores but he was harshly dealt with and I'm not sure Odion Ighalo can produce the goods again. 
Premier League Top Scorer: Alexis Sanchez 25/1 (ew) Much will depend on whether Alexis Sanchez can stay fit but the Chilean looked in great touch towards the back end of last season and can flourish for an attack-minded Arsenal.
Championship Winner: Norwich 10/1 (ew) Norwich remind me of Burnley in that they have kept the core of their squad and a good young manager after going down. Alex Neil knows how to get out of this division and the Canaries look good value.
League 1 Winner: Charlton 11/1 Five of the last eight League One winners had been  relegated from the Championship during the previous season and Charlton, who have prudently signed the prolific Nicky Ajose and Lee Novak, can bounce straight back up this time.
League 2 Winner: Portsmouth 9/2 Portsmouth will have learned a lot from their play-off defeat of last season and armed with the best squad in League Two they can go up as champions this time.
2016/17 Best Bet: Dual Forecast: Manchester City/Manchester United 9/2 The two Manchester clubs boast the best managers in the division and have done some astute business in the transfer market. Expect them to fill the top-two places come season's end.

Russell Palmer:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: No Bet N/A Looks a really competitive market this year and on paper Manchester United should be big improvers. Both Manchester clubs have new managers and they should be closer in the betting based on their respective summer signings to date, so United get the vote from a value perspective but it's probably a no bet for me.
Premier League Relegation: Sunderland and Leicester 5/2 and 16/1 He may be able to count to three in Spanish but I'm not sure David Moyes has enough about him to secure perennial strugglers Sunderland from safety, whilst a small each way saver on Leicester to go from heroes to zeroes at big prices!
Premier League Top Scorer: Harry Kane 7/1 (ew) Providing he's not on corner taking duty, Harry Kane looks a solid each way pick given his scoring stats over the last two seasons. A guaranteed starter and as fit as a fiddle, Kane is Tottenham's leading goal threat and another placed finish looks assured.
Championship Winner: Newcastle 15/8 Newcastle walked the Championship last time they were in the second tier and with Rafa Benitez at the helm and some good early business they're banker material at 15/8.
League 1 Winner: MK Dons 12/1 (ew) Much like my colleagues I like the look of Millwall, but in the interest of variety MK Dons make appeal at a shade bigger in the betting to make a speedy return to the Championship.
League 2 Winner: Cheltenham and Grimsby 35/1 (ew) and 25/1 (ew) Teams promoted the year before have gone on to secure back to back promotions up into League One and I like the look of this trend when it comes to Cheltenham and Grimsby who can both be backed at 25/1.
2016/17 Best Bet: Rangers to win SPL 5/2 I like the look of Burton to stay up in the Championship this season and awaiting prices. North of the border Celtic have had it too easy of late in the SPL whilst Rangers have a manager to outwit Brendan Rodgers in Mark Warburton who has already made some shrewd signings.

Harris Simpson:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Manchester United 7/2 With some quality additions over the summer, United finally look to have a squad with the required quality to wrestle back the title, and in Mourinho, they have a manager more than capable of delivering it.
Premier League Relegation: Hull, Watford and West Brom 8/11, 9/4 and 40/17 With the departure of Steve Bruce, Hull have had a far from ideal pre season, and in a division as demanding as the Premier League, that could prove to be extremely damaging in their bid for survival. Watford’s decision to axe Quique Sánchez Flores was nothing short of bizarre, and it remains to be seen what impact Walter Mazzarri will have at the club. West Brom finished 6 points clear of relegation last season, but their brand of insipid football may serve to demotivate not only supporters, but the players as well.
Premier League Top Scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10/1 (ew) Not since the days of Cristiano Ronaldo has the Premier League been able to boast a player of Ibrahimovic’s showmanship and ego. He will be the key man in Mourinho’s side, and he has all the ingredients to rack up the goals this season.
Championship Winner: Newcastle 15/8 It is impossible to look beyond Newcastle this term, they have the strongest squad, and whatever your opinion on Benitez, one of the most experienced managers as well.
League 1 Winner: Millwall 11/1 They were unlucky to miss out on promotion last season, and with a bit more luck the season, they should be there or thereabouts.
League 2 Winner: Accrington Stanley 33/1 Thoroughly unlucky to miss out on promotion through their league form, will be determined to go one step further this season.
2016/17 Best Bet: Top Scorer Four-Fold 82/1 Messi top La Liga goalscorer. Higuain top Serie A goalscorer. Lewandowski top Bundesliga scorer. Ibrahimovic top Premier League scorer.

Richard Smith:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Manchester City 5/2 Two titles in the past five years proves Man City has the components, and with perennial winner, Pep Guardiola now in charge, they can resume filling the trophy cabinet.
Premier League Relegation: Burnley, West Brom and Hull 40/1 Burnley and Hull, two yo-yo clubs, can be joined by West Brom, who looked relegation fodder when recording just one win from their final 11 games of last season.
Premier League Top Scorer: Andre Gray 100/1 (ew) With a 56% strike-rate for the Clarets, Gray will be crucial in his side's bid for survival. If the Clarets can score 50 goals, Gray should be in the hunt for the Golden Boot at big odds.
Championship Winner: Newcastle 7/4 Unoriginal, but the Magpies stand out head and shoulders above anything else in the division. Walked the Championship in 2009/2010, and look stronger this time around.
League 1 Winner: Scunthorpe 20/1 Mark Robins paid the price as this strong League One squad struggled last season. Graham Alexander took over and won seven of his eight games, anything close to that momentum should see The Iron compete.
League 2 Winner: Leyton Orient 10/1 Five managers in 18 months has cost Orient dearly. However, in Andy Hessenthaler, they've a man that knows what is required at this level, and can steady this ship of talented players towards promotion.
2016/17 Best Bet: Blackpool relegated from L2 16/1 A falling stone! Eight managers in four years illustrates issues on the pitch, whilst venom from fans towards owners ensure things remain unsettled off it. A winning best bet for the past two season, the final nail could be hammered in to the Seasiders coffin come May.

Mark Taylor:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Manchester United 3/1 While all the summer talk has been about Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan could yet be United's best recruit. His speed of thought has drawn comparisons with Paul Scholes and if he can provide a rapid link from midfield to attack, he will soon become an Old Trafford favourite.
Premier League Relegation: Hull, Burnley and Watford 8/11, Evs and 9/4 Hull look to be behind the rest in terms of preparation following the departure of Steve Bruce and it's difficult to see them being able to make the kind of start they need to have a chance of staying up. Burnley should be better equipped after last season's heroics but they will struggle to keep pace. Middlesbrough have made some fascinating signings and they might just stay up ahead of Watford, who punched above their weight last season.
Premier League Top Scorer: Sergio Aguero 7/2 Aguero should thrive in a City side that will play to Pep Guardiloa's exact specifications.
Championship Winner: Newcastle 15/8 It's hard to look past Newcastle though expect challenges from Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby.
League 1 Winner: Millwall 11/1 Could AFC Wimbledon's amazing rise through the leagues continue? You can get 28/1 on the Wombles but Millwall look best equipped to make a swift return to the Championship.
League 2 Winner: Doncaster 13/2 Under Darren Ferguson, Doncaster 13/2 look like they could make a swift return to League One though they will be pushed by an improving Leyton Orient 9/1 and Portsmouth 4/1.
2016/17 Best Bet: Leicester to be top of EPL at Christmas 25/1 Could lightning strike twice? Leicester to be top of the Premier League at Christmas 25/1.

Sean Raymond:

  Tip Odds Why?
Premier League Winner: Chelsea 6/1 Antonio Conte is a born winner and he will revitalise an excellent Chelsea squad this season. Expect Eden Hazard to find his very best form once again and if he does, they will be too good this term. United have spent huge sums and have to go close but Conte can lead the Blues to glory.
Premier League Relegation: Swansea 9/2 Swansea made a late surge into mid table last season and we feel they are going to struggle again this term. Guidolin has lost his captain Ashley Williams and his creative spark Andre Ayew during the summer and that experience is going to be hard to replace.
Premier League Top Scorer: Diego Costa 20/1 Conte can get the best out of Diego Costa once again with the Brazilian likely to be back to his bustling best this term. If Costa fancies it, 20/1 will be a big price about him picking up the golden boot.
Championship Winner: Norwich City 4/1 The Canaries may lack a top class front man this season but they still have an excellent young Manager and a strong squad full of experience which can lead them straight back into the top flight.
League 1 Winner: Bolton 10/1 The Trotters have dropped into League One but they look ready to start their climb back up the ladder. Phil Parksinon knows the lower leagues better than anyone and with a decent squad behind him, expect them to finish top of the shop in League One.
League 2 Winner: Portsmouth 9/2 Pompey have spent far too long languishing at the bottom table and this is their year to start the big climb back towards the summit. They have a strong and settled squad down at Fratton Park which is key and in Paul Cook they have the man at the helm to lead them to the League two trophy.
2016/17 Best Bet: Juve to win the Champions League 12/1 Juve may have lost Pogba but they have replaced him with the likes of Pjanic, Dani Alves and Higuain to build a squad specifically for an assault on the Champions League. Serie A will be easy for them and if Gonzalo fires as expected, they can go very close in the race for the Big Cup.

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