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STAR PREVIEW: Premier League 2022/23 Specials

The new Premier League campaign is fast-approaching and Star Sports have a whole range of specials for the season ahead. Our football expert has compiled this guide which hopefully will help you find some value ahead of the big kick-off!

Click here to check out our tipster’s full 1-20 Premier League table prediction, complete with ante-post selections!

Top Goalscorer

Rather unsurprisingly, considering the fanfare around his big move to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund and the hype that has been around him for the past couple of years, Erling Haaland heads up this market as the 11/4 favourite with

It is the general consensus that Haaland is a star in the making, but there are some doubts over how quickly he will adjust to Manchester City’s finely-tuned rhythm and also how many games he will actually play considering his injury record.

If you couple that with the fact that no foreign striker has evern won the golden boot in their debut season, the value just doesn’t seem to be there for Haaland at 11/4.

Star are going 9/2 that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah finishes the 22/23 Premier League season as top goalscorer. With his future at the club finally settled, the Egyptian king looks a very decent shout.

The fact he is a guaranteed fixture in Liverpool’s front-three as well as the designated penalty-taker for the club means he’ll get plenty of opportunities to score goals. He will also be able to rest over the winter whilst many of his golden boot rivals will be playing at the World Cup in Qatar. At 9/2, this is worth backing.

Next up, we have Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. As we know, these two form a terrifying partnership and Son drew with Salah in the race for the golden boot last season so clearly possesses good credentials for this.

However, with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison now taking on some of those attacking responsibilities, Spurs’ goals may be more shared out this season.

Chelsea have added Raheem Sterling to their attack – and he was always good for a goal at City – but he will likely get less chances for Chelsea than he did for the Cityzens and I am not sure he’s quite clinical enough to make himself golden boot material.

However, with Romelu Lukaku moving back to Inter Milan on loan, this might present an opportunity to Kai Havertz to make himself the Blues’ main man and – at a whopping 40/1 for top goalscorer – I think it is worth a punt.

PFA Player of the Year

This award has been won by a player from either Liverpool or Manchester City on the last five occasions so, naturally, players from those clubs are among the front-runners in this market.

Kevin De Bruyne of City heads up this market as the current 6/1 favourite with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at 7/1 and Erling Haaland at 9/1. Harry Kane is 11/1 to win first ever PFA Player of the Year award.

Although Salah won this award with 2nd-placed Liverpool last season, a huge advantage is usually given to players from the team that win the league.

With Liverpool predicted to win the league in our 1-20 preview, there is value in Salah winning it for a second season in a row at 7/1 just like De Bruyne did in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Thiago, the instrumental Spanish midfielder, also catches the eye at 20/1 with De Bruyne proving previously that elegant, stylish midfielders can do well in these awards.

Goalscorer Handicap

This is another unique Star Sports market with all contenders at 14/1.

At (+10), Kai Havertz would start the season 10 goals up on Erling Haaland, 8 goals up on Mohamed Salah, 7 on Harry Kane and 4 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

We reckon the German could be in for a big season as the Blues’ new main main – as discussed for the top goalscorer market – and, therefore, looks like an attractive option here.

Season Points Handicap

In this handicap market, a five-point headstart for Liverpool over title rivals Manchester City looks generous whereas +44 for Crystal Palace also makes a lot of appeal.

Goalscoring Pairs (Which Pair Will Score The Most Premier League Goals?)

This could be big value in this unique goalscoring pairs market. Star Sports have already seen lots of support for the pair of Mohamed Salah and James Maddison which started out at 4/1 but is now as short as 7/2 and joint-favourite with Erling Haaland and Bukayo Saka.

Gabriel Jesus feels like a really great fit for Arsenal and Diogo Jota, despite perhaps going under the radar at times in that Liverpool attack, managed to rack up 15 league goals last season.

Salah and Maddison and Haaland and Saka both look like strong shouts, but the pairing of Jesus and Jota at 9/1 looks like best value.

First Player to Reach 10 Goals

Erling Haaland heads up this unique Star market for the first player in the Premier League to reach 10 league goals at 5/2. It isn’t hard to see why – the Norwegian hit the 10-goal mark in just seven Bundesliga appearances last season and he could have lots of fun against Bournemouth in City’s first home match.

However, my feeling is that he will take some time to adjust to the Premier League and adapt to City’s rhythm so, although I am sure he will score plenty of goals this season, he won’t be the quickest off the mark.

Mohamed Salah is 3/1 with The Egyptian usually gets off to a flying start and, as discussed in the top goalscorer market, lots of things seem to be aligning for him to have a really strong campaign for Liverpool.

In terms of outside bets, it may be worth having a look at Ollie Watkins (50/1). Whilst many players were jetting off abroad on holiday this summer, the Aston Villa striker was working with a finishing coach to try and take his game to the next level. He could easily bag three or four goals in this first two fixtures as well (Bournemouth away and Everton at home).

Top Assists

Kevin De Bruyne heads up this market at 9/2 with – and it’s not hard to see why considering the elegant Belgian’s incredible passing and playmaking capabilities.

Trent Alexander-Arnold comes in at 17/2. The young England international epitomses everything that a modern full-back should be. Although his defensive capabilities have come into question, nobody can doubt his outrageous passing and playmaking abilities.

He got 12 assists from right-back last term and he is just getting better and better so you can expect him to get a few more this season.

Fellow Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson got 10 assists for the Reds from left-back last season and is at a much bigger price at 22/1 with to top the assist charts. He is definitely worth a look at that price with the Scot guaranteed plenty of starts and a new target-man to aim his crosses to in Darwin Nunez.

W/O Big Six (Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Man Utd & Arsenal)

If you go and read the 1-20 league table prediction for the forthcoming Premier League season, you will see that we have predicted West Ham United to secure back-to-back 7th-place finishes under David Moyes.

They are 10/3 in this market, just behind Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United at 5/2, and this could be value. Howe’s Newcastle will improve greatly this season, but seem short in this market with the Toon Army still very much in a transitional phase.

An outside bet could be Crystal Palace who were backed to do well in our 1-20 preview – they have made some smart signings and look big at 16s.

First Manager to Leave

Watford are no longer in the Premier League so this may be slightly harder to guess than last season! It has the potential to be a competitive heat which, at 9/2, Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch currently heads up with

However, considering how well Marsch has been backed in the transfer window by the Leeds board, this looks a little short. Even if Leeds get off to a slow start, Marsch is likely to be given time to integrate his raft of new signings – many of whom have come from old club RB Salzburg.

Everton’s preseason performances, and lack of inspiring transfer business, strongly suggest that the Toffees could be in for another painful season. This leaves Frank Lampard at 5/1 to be the first manager to leave their post in 22/23.

However, Fulham manager Marco Silva at 8/1 looks like the best shout. The Portuguese coach has already been making public complaints about the Cottagers’ lack of transfer business, suggesting a less than rosy relationship with the club’s hierarchy. His side also have a nightmare start; facing Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham in their opening six fixtures.

Fulham could find themselves in a worrying position after that tough start which could tempt the board to act despite Silva’s achievements last season, similar to what they did with Slavisa Jokanovic in 2018.

BACK Mohamed Salah 2pts at 9/2 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Kai Havertz 0.5pt each/way at 40/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

RECOMMENDED BETS – PFA Player of the Year
BACK Thiago Alcantara 0.5pt at 20/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

BACK Kai Havertz +10 – Goalscorer 1pt each/way at 14/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Liverpool +5 – Season Points 1pt each/way at 14/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Crystal Palace +44 – Season Points 0.5pt each/way at 14/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

RECOMMENDED BETS – Goalscoring Pairs
BACK Jesus and Jota 1pt at 9/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW

RECOMMENDED BETS – First Player to 10 Goals
BACK Mohamed Salah 2pts at 3/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Ollie Watkins 0.5pt at 50/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

BACK Andrew Robertson 0.5pt each/way at 22/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

BACK West Ham 1pt at 10/3 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Crystal Palace 0.5pt at 16/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

RECOMMENDED BETS – First Manager to Leave
BACK Marco Silva 1pt at 8/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

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