Punters all over the nation are licking their lips with anticipation for a new season of Premier League betting, but amongst the euphoria of handing your cash over to your chosen bookies, it may have been possible that you missed a cracker. So for those of you who want to bet outside of the conventional outrights, here are five bets for this year's Premier League that may have slipped under the radar.
Shane Long To Be Southampton's Top Scorer
10/3 - BetVictor
The twittersphere couldn't believe that Shane Long commanded a £12m fee from Southampton for his services, but Balls.ie readers were very vocal in their support for the lad from Tipperary. So it's time to put your money where your mouth is. Facing competition from new signing Graziano Pelle, and Jay Rodriguez, who had an excellent campaign before his injury last year, it will be a tough task for a striker who has never bagged double digit goals in the Premier League.
Louis Van Gaal To Win LMA Manager Of The Year
5/1 - Coral
One for the Man United fans perhaps. Should the fiery Dutch boss turn United's fortunes around and finish in a strong position, LVG has a great chance of winning the award with him being such a high profile new addition to the Premier League. The lack of distractions in the form of European football, and a new free-flowing system are reasons to think this one has a possibility.
Frank Lampard To Score 0 League Goals Before New Years Day
15/8 - Ladbrokes
Super Frankie Lampard's decision to join not-yet-existent MLS side New York City FC took a lot of people by surprise, but not nearly as many people as his agreement to join Manchester City on loan for the start of the Premier League season. Will he play? If you don't think he will, you can get almost 2/1 odds on him not netting before the new year. Although you must be confident that if he does play, there won't be any penalties during his time on the pitch.
Alexis Sanchez To Score 12 Or More Goals This Season
10/11 - BetFred
If you think Arsenal's new signing and former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez is going to hit the ground running, then why not back your instinct and almost double the money you are willing to bet. If you don't, you can get the same odds on under 11 goals, but with a player of Sanchez's quality you'd be mad to go for that.
West Ham To Be Premier League's Lowest Scoring Team
14/1 - BetVictor
West Ham under Big Sam certainly couldn't be described as a creative attacking side. Dependant largely on set-pieces and goals that drop onto Kevin Nolan's foot, an injury to Andy Carroll and the risk of an unproven World Cup star in Enner Valencia are a cause for concern for Hammers fans. Normally pretty strong at the back, if you think West Ham will struggle to find goals you could make a tidy profit.