The Premier League is officially underway and many of the top rated teams, such as Chelsea, Man City, and Liverpool are already near the top of the standings. But a few teams are surprising to football bettors as Swansea City and Aston Villa are currently within the top 5.
Many of the current standings have been influenced by transfers made ahead of the Premier League transfer deadline on August 31. Off season transfers are unique bets by team managers first made in July. After initial moves are complete, another round of big transfers typically occurs at the end of August near the deadline.
The final days, hours, even minutes ahead of the transfer deadline are when some of the biggest moves are made by teams eager to build a winning squad. Many players are brought into the Premier League from clubs or leagues based outside the UK. On the other hand, clubs must transfer or loan out existing players if they are unable to fit new transfers onto the squad lineups.
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The most active Premier League team in August was Manchester United, which is hoping to rebuild after a disappointing 2013-14 season. Unlike their rivals Manchester City, Liverpool, and other top tier clubs, the Red Devils aggressively bet on new players to help rebuild football fortunes at Old Trafford.
Man U acquired forwards Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, as well as centre back Marcos Rojo – three of their biggest moves throughout August. In exchange, the club loaned out World Cup forwards Javier Hernandez and Nani to make room for the new players.
But despite being the most active team ahead of the transfer deadline, the Red Devils got off to a bad start to the 2014-15 Premier League season. In their first three games, Man U drew 2 of their matches and lost their opener to Swansea City – definitely not the fresh start the club bet on when making transfers.
What other big transfer bets will pay off or fall flat over the course of the season? Follow along with the Premier League to see which clubs come out at or near the top.