Football/soccer premiership preview 2005/06

Written by PuntersRealm

Premiership preview 2005/06

The 2005/06 Premiership season gets underway on August 13th, and ifrepparttar bookmakers are to be believed,repparttar 148334 title will once again be contested by three teams.

Two of those – Chelsea and Arsenal – meet on 7th August inrepparttar 148335 traditional curtain-raiser torepparttar 148336 new season,repparttar 148337 Community Shield. As if any further spice was needed –repparttar 148338 on-going Ashley Cole tapping-up saga looks set to ensure that meetings between these two London rivals are tense and feisty affairs.

A look at each ofrepparttar 148339 three sides can point us inrepparttar 148340 direction ofrepparttar 148341 best bets available prior torepparttar 148342 start ofrepparttar 148343 new campaign.

Where better to start than with champions Chelsea. Their first title in 50 years was delivered with games to spare last season, and although bitterly disappointed by their European exit atrepparttar 148344 hands of eventual winners Liverpool (more about them later),repparttar 148345 season must be viewed as a huge success for Jose Mourinho’s side. One loss, 15 goals conceded and a winning margin of 12 points separating them from second-placed Arsenal says it all.

Add to thatrepparttar 148346 growing defensive rock comprised primarily of captain John Terry and keeper Peter Cech,repparttar 148347 dazzling attacking play of Robben and Duff, plus of courserepparttar 148348 spending power of Roman Abromavitch, and onrepparttar 148349 face of it Chelsea look like being incredibly hard to displace as champions.

Their price of evens is not an unfair price given their dominance last season as well as their ability to go out and buy established and expensive top-class players, however things will surely be tougher for them this time around.

Arsenal, who got off to such a great start last term, only to falter following a crushing defeat at Old Trafford that ended their 49 game unbeaten run, will be out to stoprepparttar 148350 Chelsea machine in its tracks. Arsenal have traditionally struggled following a title-winning season, only to come back stronger and more determinedrepparttar 148351 season after. Withrepparttar 148352 arrival of top-class players promised – something they were unable to deliver at this time last year due to their new stadium project andrepparttar 148353 financial restrictions that resulted – Arsenal can mount a serious challenge to Chelsea’s title, and at odds of 11/4, make plenty of appeal.

Coca Cola Championship 2005/06 Betting preview

Written by PuntersRealm

Coca Cola Championship 2005/06 Betting preview:

The new season is fast approaching, but there remains plenty of time for transfer movement overrepparttar coming weeks and that will be a key factor inrepparttar 148333 betting forrepparttar 148334 Championship.

The three teams that were relegated fromrepparttar 148335 Premiership headrepparttar 148336 market, where they are joined by Wolves (13/2), who had an outstanding run overrepparttar 148337 second half of last season.

Southampton (6/1) and Crystal Palace (13/2) should each be expected to make a strong bid forrepparttar 148338 title but I believe Norwich, who are a touch longer thanrepparttar 148339 other market leaders at 7/1, arerepparttar 148340 best equipped to bounce straight back torepparttar 148341 top flight as champions.

Relegated teams do not always adjust straight away torepparttar 148342 Championship, particularly if they are forced to sell key players and that is likely to happen to bothrepparttar 148343 Saints and Palace and, like West Ham before them, I can see them scrapping for play-off places.

Southampton have already lost Kevin Phillips and Jamie Redknapp, while Peter Crouch isrepparttar 148344 subject of strong interest from several Premiership clubs. Similarly, it will be a surprise if Palace keep hold of Andy Johnson.

Norwich, onrepparttar 148345 other hand, look set to retainrepparttar 148346 key men who will make a significant difference to their prospects.

Dean Ashton scored 20 goals in 24 league games last season for Crewe at this level and then prospered in his five months inrepparttar 148347 Premiership withrepparttar 148348 Canaries.

He should guarantee them 20 goals, while Darren Huckerby will once again be a real menace, as he was when he inspired City torepparttar 148349 title two years ago.

The hard-working Jason Jarrett, signed on a free transfer from Wigan, will be a decent replacement should Damien Francis depart, while Nigel Worthington can call on an experienced defence who have proved themselves to be winners at this level.

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