We've looked at the betting figures and noticed some popular bets ahead of the 17/18 season.
Boro to win the league.
The bookmakers currently have Middlesborugh as 7/1 favourites to win the Championship next season and it appears that the punters agree. Boro are sure to find things easier than last season and have also added some key players to their squad, with Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher, Jonny Howson and Darren Randolph all signing during the summer. We’ve seen plenty of support for a large number of teams but it’s Boro who account for nearly a third of stakes in the market. Let’s hope new manager Garry Monk can insipire them to bounce straight back up!
Sunderland to get relegated… again!
Yes, you did read that correctly. The Oddschecker users are getting behind the back-to-back relegation at 14/1. In fact, they are even less optimistic about Sunderland’s chances of staying in the Championship than they were about their chances of staying in the Premiership. The numbers prove this too: last July they received 17.5% of bets in the PL relegation market and this July they received 24% of bets. Perhaps as a result of this betting activity and their dismal pre-season performances, one bookmaker has even slashed their odds to 5/1.
Billy Sharp to be top goal scorer.
When looking at the betting figures for the Top Goalscorer market, one name stood out far above the rest. Billy Sharp has received 2.5x more bets than any other player. The Sheffield United striker bagged 30 goals last term and the punters think he can replicate that form in their tier above or maybe they are just willing to take a punt at the tasty odds of 66/1! It’s a big ask, given the opposition he will face and the competition he is up against, but we feel there is value in that price too.
Bristol City to finish in the bottom half.
Whilst there was not a huge amount of bets in the Finish In Bottom Half market, there was still a clear favourite amongst the people betting. Bristol City saw a whopping 75% of all stakes placed on them to finish in the wrong end of the table. After finishing a disappointing 17th last season and doing little to add to their squad this summer – the odds of 4/5 seeem to be enough to tempt the punters.