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Enjoy Football Betting with a Difference at Coral This Pre-Season


With the World Cup now over, you may think that you will have to wait a few weeks for your football betting opportunities to arrive again with the start of the Football League and Premier League season. However, if you fancy a different type of football bet, then why not head on over to Coral Sport now and take a look at their Transfer Specials.

As any football fan knows, the pre-season period is when most teams across the globe take stock of how their last season went and then try to make a number of signings to improve their squad for the season. This is the busiest period of the year for players changing clubs, often for vast fees, and of course, there has been increased interest on betting on where players will end up come the start of the season.

Coral Sport have taken advantage of that and now offer a special Transfer Specials section, where they will look at the potential future of big name players and allow punters to place a bet on where the player will start the season. This may be at their current club, or with a potentially new club.

Of course, timing is crucial on this bet. Place a bet before news breaks of a potential transfer and you will get much better odds on the move than you would if you try and place a bet after a club has declared an interest in the player or has made an official transfer bid for them.

Shortly, we will take a look at some of the interesting markets Coral are offering for this market at present and all odds quoted are correct at the time of writing which is 1.30pm on Wednesday 18th July. Before that though, let’s look at some of the big transfers that have already happened this transfer window.

Big Transfers This Summer

  • Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to Paris St Germain – £159.3m (paid this summer after loan spell last season)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus – £88.5m
  • Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City to Manchester City – £60m
  • Naby Keita – Red Bull Salzburg to Liverpool – £52.8m
  • Thomas Lemar – AS Monaco to Atletico Madrid – £52.7m
  • Jorginho – Napoli to Chelsea – £50.4m
  • Fred – Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United – £43.7m
  • Vinicius Junior – Flamengo to Real Madrid – £40.2m
  • Fabinho – AS Monaco to Liverpool – £40m
  • Joao Cancelo – Valencia to Juventus – £35.5m

Coral Transfer Section Top Bets

Club After Summer Transfer Window market

Willian (Chelsea)

  • Barcelona (evens)
  • Manchester United (7/4)
  • Manchester City (8/1)
  • Paris St Germain (10/1)
  • Inter Milan (14/1)
  • Real Madrid (16/1)
  • AC Milan (16/1)

Chelsea’s Brazilian wasn’t happy with his lack of game time under Antonio Conte but with Mauricio Sarri now the new Chelsea boss, will he persuade Willian to stay? The Brazilian would find it hard to turn down a move to either Barcelona or Manchester United, especially on bigger wages and with more first team action promised. It wouldn’t surprise me if Chelsea held on to him and Sarri made him a key man this season, but if he is going to move then Barcelona would be my choice here.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

  • Manchester United (2/1)
  • Tottenham (5/1)
  • Chelsea (6/1)
  • Bayern Munich (10/1)
  • Paris St Germain (10/1)
  • Manchester City (16/1)

Manchester United have been long time suitors to Bale after he was only a bit-part player for Zinedine Zidane last season. However a stellar performance after coming on as a substitute in the Champions League Final, plus the fact that Zidane has left the club and Ronaldo has moved to Juventus, means I foresee a much more important role for Bale this season at Real Madrid and for my money, he will still be at the Spanish side at the start of the season. As such, I would not be placing a bet on this market.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

  • Paris St Germain (9/2)
  • Juventus (8/1)
  • Real Madrid (10/1)
  • Barcelona (16/1)
  • Bayern Munich (20/1)
  • Manchester City (20/1)

He may not have enjoyed the best season at Manchester United last year, but he had a stellar World Cup and with rumours that Pogba is unhappy with Jose Mourinho’s style of management at Old Trafford, it seemed possible he would move. Paris St Germain are likely to be keen, but in truth, with their issues with Financial Fair Play, and the cost of a potential Pogba move now likely much higher after the World Cup, I am very confident Pogba will be a Manchester United player at the start of the season, so once again, this is not a market I would be looking to bet on.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

  • Real Madrid (1/3)
  • Paris St Germain (8/1)
  • Barcelona (12/1)
  • Manchester City (20/1)

Forget the three teams named as outside bets for Eden Hazard, the Belgian midfield star will either be lining up for Chelsea at the start of the season, or Real Madrid. Personally, I think Hazard now sees his future away from Stamford Bridge where the boardroom uncertainty certainly may have played a role in his thinking. It may be a World Record deal, but I can see Hazard making the switch to Real Madrid before the season starts.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

  • Tottenham (5/2)
  • Juventus (4/1)
  • Chelsea (9/2)
  • Paris St Germain (10/1)
  • Napoli (16/1)
  • AC Milan (16/1)

While I can’t foresee Paul Pogba being sold at Manchester United this pre-season, I can see another Frenchman Anthony Martial being let go. Martial barely featured for United towards the end of the season and it seems there are real issues with Mourinho. Spurs may be the favourites, but I cannot see United selling to a rival for the Premier League, which for me means that Juventus at 4/1 are an intriguing prospect to slot Martial alongside Ronaldo and Douglas Costa in a revamped attack.

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

  • Manchester United (8/11)
  • Paris St Germain (8/1)
  • Barcelona (8/1)
  • Juventus (16/1)
  • Real Madrid (16/1)
  • Bayern Munich (16/1)
  • Manchester City (20/1)

The Belgian star had a very good World Cup and has been making noises for some time now about his future at Tottenham. There’s no doubt Alderweireld either wants a massive contract (which Spurs are not likely to pay) or a move and I think the second option is more likely. Manchester United do have plenty of centre backs but with Daley Blind moving on back to Ajax in the past few days, I think there is space for Alderweireld to come in and offer United an upgrade at that position.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

  • Liverpool (10/11)
  • Manchester City (10/11)

The Juventus man is one of a number of stars linked with a move away from Turin following the signings of Douglas Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo and it seems that Liverpool and Manchester City are his preferred destinations. Liverpool were said to be in the race a while back but I think their focus has now shifted towards a goalkeeper and tieing up the Nabil Fekir deal, which means I think Manchester City are the most likely to land the talented striker.