Is it better to place season-long bets during the season?

The Premier League has just gone past the mid-way point of the season, giving everyone; including punters a clear indication of who will be towards the bottom of the league at the end of the season.

Betting midway through the season gives the punter more chance of a return, however the money that you will win is less.

The clear advantage of placing a season bet at the half way point of the season means that you have more knowledge to place a good and well-informed wager. It is almost like betting in-play during a live game.

Seeing how a team’s signings have performed thus far is a good indication, should a team’s star signing not have worked as it was planned to; they will be located towards the bottom end of the table.

A clear example of this would be Huddersfield Town. Despite being among the favourites for the drop at the beginning of the season, due to big summer signings not performing well, they find themselves cut adrift.

Opposed to this, you have Watford. When the Hornets sold Richarlison to Everton in the summer, they were placed among the favourites for relegation with various bookmakers. However, the signing of Gerard Deulofeu has gone against how the bookmakers suggested. The Spaniard hit the ground running and they now sit comfortably in the middle of the table.

This further highlights the advantage of betting midway through the season, as pundits and punters wouldn’t have seen this type of form for Watford evolving.

Another team that not many people would have predicted to be struggling as bad as they are would be Burnley. The Clarets performed extremely well last season; achieving European football for the first time in the Premier League era. The achievement saw Sean Dyche receive acclaim from all corners of the country.

However, this season the Clarets have found themselves in a relegation battle with defensive mistakes and shortcomings in front of goal combining to cause no end of problems for Dyche.

The struggles will continue until the end of the season, meaning that punters who placed a bet on relegation for Burnley in the summer will be licking their lips. They were priced as high as 10/1 with some bookmakers for relegation before a ball was kicked; while Punters would be lucky to get prices at half of that price now.

Furthermore, Dyche himself was among the highest prices to lose his job this term but that is not the case anymore. Due to Burnley’s poor start, the Englishman hasn’t been far away from the favourites in the ‘Sack Race’ markets. This market is a good example of getting value for money over the course of the season, with managers always under pressure.

When teams form changes you will notice immediate changes within the market, such as the quick downturn in fortune for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. He sharply went from quotas at double digits to odds on.

As far as the markets for title winners, that hasn’t changed much throughout the season. With only Liverpool and Manchester City’s price shortening, with the chasing packs prices only going higher.

There isn’t much value left in betting in the potential winner of the title, however the market for finishing in the top four is very competitive and offers good value for money. Teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal still offer good value for money and could be considered.

In-season betting is perfect for those looking for good value for money but beware of cashing out on bets that you already have running, especially if the teams that you have betted on are still in with a chance of producing a good return.

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