Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

The Punter: Toffees looking sweet on handicap

When it comes to Premier League handicap betting, it’s best to look away from the more fashionable outfits.

Last season it was Birmingham City who walked away with this particular market while Stoke City tend to make a habit of doing well.

The Potters got into the frame last time and before that shared the top spot with Fulham.

So it’s surprising to see Stoke getting a very generous 40 points of a start in a market which has Chelsea on scratch and Manchester United +3.

Teams are quoted in most places at the same odds of |15-1, although this can vary. The result is based on adding the total points gained to the handicap awarded by the bookmaker.

Stoke must be in with a chance while Arsenal on +10 have some appeal — but no Premier League team has more appeal than Everton at +24.

The Toffees have stayed in the top eight since the 2006-07 season and that has to give them a decent shout, especially if they can make the first five come the end of the season.

Handicap betting (odds generally 15-1) each-way 1/5 1, 2,3,4 5: Chelsea (0); Manchester United (+3); Man City (+7); Arsenal (+10); Liverpool (+14); Spurs (+19); Everton (+24); Aston Villa (+26); Sunderland, Blackburn Birmingham (+38); West Ham (+39); Fulham , Stoke (+40); Bolton, Newcastle (+42); Wolves (+46); Wigan (+47); West Brom (+50); Blackpool (+54).