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Bwin's Burning Issue: Who'll Win The PL?

Bwin's Burning Issue: Who will win the Premier League title?

bwin has teamed up with Vital Football to give fans the chance to air their views on football's biggest issues.

Every week, we'll be inviting readers to offer their take on what we consider to be the biggest talking point of the week.

Today, with the start of the Premier League just days away, our burning issue is: Who will win the title?


Why not have a look at the odds and take advantage of the 'match your bet` offer!

Given their status as defending champions, it won't be too much of a surprise to learn that Manchester United are bwin's favourites to retain their Premier League crown with odds of 7/4.

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The Red Devils certainly looked like champions-elect in yesterday's 3-2 Community Shield win over rivals Manchester City, while six friendly wins out of six - including a 2-1 victory over Barcelona - also inspires confidence.

However, with Roberto Mancini choosing not to call on record-signing Sergio Aguero or want-away striker Carlos Tevez on Sunday, the Citizens are unlikely to have shown their full potential.

As such, they could still be in a position to mount a concerted challenge to their neighbours' domestic supremacy.

Already third-favourites in bwin's title betting market with odds of 33/10, City are looking to further improve their chances of success by re-entering the transfer market, with Mancini insisting his preparations for the new season are not yet complete.

Should a Samir Nasri or Wesley Sneijder be added to the ranks at the Etihad Stadium then City will surely offer United a more rigorous test as the season unfolds.

Chelsea are sandwiched in between United and City in bwin's title betting market with odds of 12/5, although with a new manager and an ageing squad it remains to be seen whether the Blues can re-capture the title they surrendered last season.

And then there's Arsenal to consider. Can the Gunners really mount a challenge given Arsene Wenger's inability to bring in defensive reinforcements over the summer and the expected departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona?

Odds of 8/1 give Arsenal a chance, albeit a slim one, with Liverpool similarly priced at 9/1.

There is a school of thought which says the Merseysiders will be in the mix this season as they will not have to cope with the distraction of European competition.

Sir Alex Ferguson certainly expects Kenny Dalglish's men to be in the hunt, with the United manager declaring Liverpool 'back on his radar' after a summer of frenzied transfer activity at Anfield.

That said, Liverpool have conceded 15 goals in six pre-season fixtures, suggesting they are still a work in progress.

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This leaves Spurs, a top-four side two years ago, as the best of the rest with title odds of 40/1.

They might have kept hold of Luka Modric - for now - but Harry Redknapp's failure to address his striking options means a Europa League place could be the best the White Hart Lane faithful can hope for.

But what do you think? Is the title destined for Old Trafford? Can Manchester City usurp their local rivals? Can Andre Villas-Boas revitalise Chelsea, Arsenal prove their doubters wrong or Liverpool and Tottenham improve sufficiently to upset the four market-leaders? Are there any outsiders set to push into this race at the top or is the Premier League now a closed shop?

It's over to you…




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Date:Monday August 8 2011

Time: 8:11PM

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CITEH cannot BUY the league. First buy a tactical Manager then we will see how it goes...
bluemillionaire
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09/08/2011 01:25:00

bluemillionare - wow a Chelsea fan telling us we can't BUY the league. Don't think we will win it this season but with Chelsea spending £90+ million this year you've got to fancy their chances.
Thaibluefan
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09/08/2011 02:35:00

bluemillioaire ......Between 2003 and 2010/11 seasons Chelski spent 530.7mil GBP and City spent 529.2mil GBP ...!!!!!so who is buying the league?
Doody
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09/08/2011 03:48:00

Bluemillionaire - what planet are you from?
Bluedub
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09/08/2011 09:49:00

I am from mars. Roman bought Chelsea in 2003 we won the league the next year. Shiekh bought city when? When will city win the league? The moral of the story is- Money is not everything... You need a plan too...
bluemillionaire
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09/08/2011 21:10:00

Here is the Breakdown: Manure cannot borrow it again this season: We all know what is in Old Red Nose's head by Now; CITEH cannot buy it, They should rather try to buy a more tactical manager than a defensive minded Mancni; Arse N' all cannot Kid it, It is not a toy, They need Men; Liverfool cannot come near it, They are now living in HISTORY; Spuds cannot smell it, When in his normal mood, Harry Redknapp could sound pessimistic about the prospect of the sun rising in the morning, CHELSEA will reclaim it, IT is our birthright.
bluemillionaire
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09/08/2011 21:13:00

bluemillionaire....If you do win it good luck to you and well played and I think you have every chance but please don't come on here spouting crap about us using money to buy players ......the words Pot and Kettle spring to mind.
Doody
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09/08/2011 21:32:00

bluemillionaire...you seem to forget that your side had been in the top 6 of the league since the 69-97 season. 4th the season before he bought your club. To me that says you were missing just a few key peices at the club. They PURCHASED those peices and look at that...you won! Now City on the other hand were a mid-table club that had just returned to the premiership 6 years earlier. Year of purchase 10th. Following season 5th, barely. Following season FA Cup winners and 3rd with the exact amount of points as the 2nd place club! Who was that?...Chelsea!! Guess Mancini and the boys ARE doing something right after all now aren't they?!
BlueBrotherOfaRag
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10/08/2011 00:58:00

96-97 season*
BlueBrotherOfaRag
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10/08/2011 01:05:00

lets get things into perspective, neither city or chelsea have spent anything, the cold hard facts are that both abramovitch and mansour have both used over 500 million of their own money to try and buy the big one ie the champions league think on boys, what will become of all the players on 150,000 plus per week when the fifa ruling comes into effect, and a club can only spend any operating profit it generates,then i suspect that both city and chelsea as well as several other premiership clubs will be doing their buying from the blue square league the time is fast approaching when all clubs will be on a level playing field,then the league will become a true test of abillity and not who has the deepest pockets
cornish gooner
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11/08/2011 17:46:00

as an extra thought, how many of the top 6 clubs actually make an operating profit !!!!!!!!!!!!!
cornish gooner
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11/08/2011 17:50:00

Cornish, have you ever heard the phrase speculate to accumulate? By the way it's not a FIFA ruling it's a UEFA ruling that has more holes in it than Arsenal's back four. Clubs will never be on a level playing field. Think on and jog on.
Bluedub
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11/08/2011 18:25:00

bluedub why nasty sarcastic somewhat childish remark about arsenals back four i was merely stating an opinion as to how i see the present state of ludicrously obscene amounts of money being poured into some clubs to try to buy sucsess its got stuff all to do about speculate to accumulate its all about pricing 75% of clubs out of the market and if all you can think of in reply is to make a silly childish comment then i feel truly sorry for your state of mind so with your kind permission, i will jog on
cornish gooner
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11/08/2011 20:13:00

I thought your tone was patronising when you said "think on boys". If I have misinterpreted that I apologise. Most clubs have always been priced out of the market by the richer clubs, it's not a new phenomenon that City or Chelsea started, put simply it's the nature of the beast. There has always be haves and have nots in football and there always will be, unless of course the authorities do eventually get off their arse and introduce watertight rules that will ensure a leve playing field but I wouldn't hold my breath on that happening.
Bluedub
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11/08/2011 21:27:00

bluedub,thanks for your reply,and thank you for your apology, the last thing i want to do is to fall out with fellow supporters i have supported arsenal and football for over 60 years, but it saddens me to see how money mad and mercenary clubs and players have become i have a theory that all the football governing bodies in the world should get together and introduce a maximum wage policie of say ten thousand pounds a week, how many of our so called highly paid superstars would turn round and say im not playing football for that, ill go and work in a factory instead food for thought or what best of luck for the season and lets hope someone can stop united i dont think i can stand another season of fergurson gloating
cornish gooner
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12/08/2011 09:40:00

Cheers Cornish. Hear hear, it would be nice to see Slur Fergie taken down a peg or three.
Bluedub
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12/08/2011 12:03:00

 

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