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The start of the next season of the English Premier League is getting closer and closer with every single days and the bookies seem to have put up quite a few interesting side-markets, so we've decided to revisit the pre-season markets once again, this time without the big outrights, as we have already took a closer look at them in an earlier article.

So which bets have caught our eyes? First of all, we're going to sort of re-double our backing of Crystal Palace, as we believe that they're in a very good position at the moment and should manage to accumulate at least 44 points by the end of the season. Even if our bet on them to win the league without the top six teams fails, this one looks like a near-cert to us with Alan Pardew on board. If you take a look back, the team finished the previous season with 48 points and that was with a really poor first half, so we're happy to back Crystal Palace to finish the next one with at least 44 points at 1.80 with Pinnacle.

As far as the newcomers are concerned, Bournemouth have already spent quite a bit of money and their Championship run was absolutely fabulous, so we think that they have a great chance of staying up next season. Things won't be easy and they'll have to adapt in a few areas, but the squad has both quality and depth, so they should give it a good go, especially since motivation won't be in short supply. Bet365 have them at 1.66 to avoid relegation and that's a bet we're going to back with decent stakes.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are one of the top teams that could easily fail to impress over the next few months, and they definitely appear to lack the firepower that teams need to challenge the big sides. The last few matches they played in the previous season were disastrous and we don't believe that they're going to turn things around very quickly, so we're going to back Tottenham to finish above them at the end of the season for the second year in a row. Paddy Power are offering 2.75 for that to happen, which looks like a very solid price to us.

Finally, we think that the 6.50 Paddy Power are offering for Newcastle to be relegated is a touch high. They looked hopeless for much of the second half of the previous season and they just weren't performing on quite a few fronts, so chances are that this is indeed going to continue for a bit longer - and perhaps for a lot longer. Although several of the seemingly stellar EPL teams might come close to relegation in the next season, we think that Newcastle are the best value to be the odd team out at its end.

Our selections:

Total Season Points - Crystal Palace - Over 43.5 Points at 1.80 @ Pinnacle

Not to Be Relegated - Bournemouth at 1.66 @ Bet365

Season Match Betting - Tottenham to beat Liverpool at 2.75 @ Paddy Power

Relegation - Newcastle at 6.50 @ Paddy Power

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