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Despite all the action in the Copa America and the Gold Cup, it's clear enough that no football fan will be happy until the new season of the European leagues begin - and the English Premier League is the obvious highlight among that selection. Thankfully, we're just a couple of weeks away now, so it's probably already the right time for looking at who the value pick might be in the outright sections.

As tends to be the case these days, it's really hard to look past the major favorites - in this case, it's fair to say that we can shorten the selection to Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United. Those are the teams that are expected to be the top four at the end of the season regardless of how bumpy the road to that might be, but who's going to come out on top is the real question. Chelsea and Manchester City have done really well in the most recent reasons and the former still has the big manager name to back it, but it's simply impossible for us to suggest a bet on Chelsea at 2.50 with Betway. Instead, we think that Manchester United are the team that has strengthened the most in recent months, so we'll back them at 6.00 with Bet365. Going each-way with that bookie wouldn't be the shrewdest thing to do, however.

Those of you who are looking for a good bet on one of the outsiders should certainly consider backing Crystal Palace in the Without the Big Six market at Bet365. The surprise package of the second half of the previous season is priced at 13.00 to top the table without the six biggest names and an each-way bet will guarantee you a nice return even if a team like Everton tops them, so we'll be all over them in the pre-season betting. They aren't strong enough to challenge the best, there can be no doubts about that, but they've found the right man for the job in Alan Pardew and if the guys keep playing as well as they've been playing in recent days, they should be too strong for most of the other teams in the EPL.

Our selections:

Manchester United to win the EPL 2015/2016 at 6.00 @ Bet365

Crystal Palace to win the EPL 2015/2016 (Without The Big Six) at 13.00 @ Bet365 (Each-Way 1/5 1-2-3)

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