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Cooler temperatures may be hitting England as winter approaches, but the Premier League is only heating up as Christmas comes. While some say that you don’t win the title until Easter, it’s really the holiday period that can prove critical with the rash of games taking place. Points won and lost at this point can ultimately determine the outcome.
Heading into the Christmas season, the pre-season odds applecart has already been upset. Liverpool are now nowhere to be found among the favourites or even Champions League contenders, a fate shared by Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile, Chelsea have solidified with Jose Mourinho – despite his calls for Stamford Bridge to be noisier – looking again like he’s leading a genuine championship calibre team. Only a fool would write off Manchester City with their depth and experience, though United on the other side of town look like a lost cause already. And who is that riding the coattails of Chelsea? It’s only plucky Southampton, shocking all who had written off the South Coast team based on a summer of upheaval. Instead, the true importance of having a solid system of play has been shown with Southampton’s consistency despite change.
And that brings us to our point today: one thing the Premier League, with its long season and even competition, is not is a lottery. The odds are tightly wound for the favorites for a reason. Same goes for the FA Cup which, according to bookmaker’s odds, is going to be a tight contest.
As in betting on football, you can improve your orders by taking into account statistics and numbers that can help guide your gamble. Studying the past form of a Southampton or a Chelsea is obviously what punters do in the Premier League, and the same should go as you prepare a punt on the lottery: winning combinations can be examined since the Lottery’s launch to try and find out which balls will be drawn next.
Nothing in life is certain, even if you have the track record of Louis van Gaal, as Manchester United are finding out with a bad run of form and luck. But a little research can certainly go a long way in helping you pick the right bet, whether it’s football or the lottery.