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A lull in the serious football action as we head towards important international matches gives us a chance to assess what, if any, impact the transfers have had on the markets. Gareth Bale’s world record move to Real Madrid certainly grabbed the headlines, but Barcelona are still the 8/11 favourites to win La Liga with 11/8 the best price you will get about Madrid. And they is no confidence in the Welshman getting involved in the annual battle to be top scorer, with Lionel Messe 4/11, Cristiano Ronaldo 5/2 and Bale available at 50/1.
Mesut Ozil’s switch from the Bernebeu to the Emirates has delighted Arsenal fans. The Gunners are now 14/1 for the title and even money to get into the top four again. There has also been money for Liverpool to win the Premier League title following their perfect start – they are as short as 10/1, with Manchester City and Chelsea vying for favouritism around 2/1 mark and Manchester United 4/1.
At the other end of the table Crystal Palace (4/9) and Hull (5/6) head the relegation market, with Cardiff 2/1, Sunderland interesting at 5/2, West Brom 4/1 with Norwich and Stoke, and Fullham and Newcastle at 11/2. Aston Villa got most of their transfer business done early and given they are up against only West Brom and Stoke, could be a shrewd bet to be top Midlands club at the 5/4 still available on Betfair – they are odds on elsewhere.
Gareth Bale is 10/1 to outscore team mate Cristiano Ronaldo at club level this season, which will surely only happen if the latter gets an injury. There’s also a handicap market which makes it 5/6 each of two with Bale getting a 14-goal start.
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