AS MUCH as we love the British summertime, more often than not it can feel like a long old slog until the Premier League gets underway again.
However, it may not have to be too long until a potential pay-out. While Manchester City to win the league at 1/2 may not be the most attractive betting proposition, Sporting Index, who now also offer fixed odds betting, will pay out if the Citizens are top of the table on September 2nd.
This involves a run of four games against West Ham, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Brighton which, when compared to the opening fixtures of their fellow title challengers, could well be a relatively straightforward start to the campaign.
Liverpool and Spurs must both face Arsenal during this time, while the Lilywhites also have a trip to the Etihad as their second game of the campaign.
When you factor in Chelsea’s opener at Old Trafford, it certainly makes City an appealing prospect to top the table at the end of August.
Casting a glance toward the other end of the table, Sheffield United have broken their transfer record four times this summer but remain the least valuable side in the Premier League.
The irrefutable correlation between squad value and finishing position justifies the 4/6 on offer for the Blades not to survive the drop a virtual certainty, with their opening fixtures of Bournemouth away and Crystal Palace at home potentially lulling them into a false sense of security.
That said, there is even more value in backing them to finish bottom at a price of 11/4.
Manchester City to win Premier League 1/2 (Sporting Index)
Sheffield United to finish bottom 11/4 (Sporting Index)