Gabbiadini, Defoe and Reds to Exceed Expectations

Manolo Gabbiadini scored four in eleven league games for Southampton last season.

Manolo Gabbiadini scored in Southampton’s final pre-season game leading into the 26th edition of the English Premier League and one thinks that he should be shorter odds in betting on the top divisional goal scorer for the Saints.

Coral cannot split Charlie Austin and Gabbiadini at the head of its market on Southampton’s top English Premier League goal scorer but it would appear that the latter has the inside running based on how the Saints lined up against Sevilla last weekend. Gabbiadini was Southampton’s main striker in its 2-0 home win over Sevilla, with Austin cooling his heels on the bench for the entire match.

Gabbiadini, who is available at odds of -120  with Coral, scored four goals in his 11 English Premier League games after joining Southampton last term compared to Austin’s tally of six goals in 15 top-flight appearances. The early signs are that Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has decided that Gabbiadini is going to spearhead Southampton’s attack until such time that he fails to deliver the goods and the Italy forward’s numbers at both domestic level and international level suggest that he will not let down the Saints and their recently installed Argentine coach.

Jermaine Defoe won millions of admirers for the manner in which he handled his relationship with the late Bradley Lowery, the Sunderland fan who lost his fight against a rare, debilitating form of cancer at the age of six. Defoe left Sunderland for Bournemouth during the summer months and, as he demonstrated in two and a half years playing for the Black Cats, there are few finer English finishers than the veteran striker who will turn 35 in October.

Joshua King was Bournemouth’s leading English Premier League goal scorer last season but one thinks that he will play second fiddle to Defoe in the Cherries formation this term, with the Norwegian playing in a less advanced position than the Englishman. King experienced a breakthrough season last time around so not only has he got to reproduce that same high level of performance but also outscore Defoe to burn one’s suggested wager. Defoe is trading at odds of -110  with Coral and Ladbrokes to succeed King in what looks like a two-man race unless Bournemouth gets unexpectedly busy in the transfer market before the window shuts this month.

The gap between the haves and the have nots in the English Premier League is getting wider with every passing year and that leads one to the various handicap markets for a value futures bet. Chelsea accrued more than double the number of English Premier League points of eighth-placed Southampton last term so one thinks it makes sense to focus on the seven sides that are getting the smallest starts from bookmakers.

Liverpool, which is receiving nine points from 188Bet on its English Premier League handicap market and is available at odds of +1200 , is the most logical improver out of last season’s top seven teams. Liverpool would have gone close to winning its first English Premier League title had it not dropped lots of soft points versus the division’s lesser lights and it is much easier for the Reds to improve their results against the likes of Burnley, Crystal Palace and Swansea than it is for them to squeeze even more out of their clashes with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham. One likes the business that Liverpool has done in the transfer market and, even if the Reds lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, they will have the compensation of mega bucks to spend on more than one quality replacement.

Gabbiadini to be Southampton top scorer
Premier League 2017/18 season
Odds:  -120

Defoe to be Bournemouth top scorer
Premier League 2017/18 season
Odds:  -110

Liverpool +9 points to win the Premier League – Season Handicap
Season 2017/18
Odds:  +1200

Jermaine Defoe
Manolo Gabbiadini

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