The English Premier League is now in its 25th season and is one of the most popular sports competitions in the world.

As we reach Christmas and the halfway mark, we are beginning to see which teams are emerging as favourites and which are looking nailed on for relegation. As the matches become more important and incredible results pop up out of nowhere, gambling on live games becomes even more exciting.

The 2016/17 was always going to be huge for West Ham. After completing the move from their beloved Upton Park, they are now settled into the London Stadium and the pressure is on for them to join the Premier League elite. Last season, the Hammers finished in 7th place, gaining qualification to the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

After a promising season, the 2016/17 campaign didn’t start as well. They failed to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League following an embarrassing home defeat at the hands Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu, a result which was then compounded by a poor run in the league. They are currently hovering mid-table near the relegation zone, meaning they need to have a strong second half to ensure a respectable position in May. Based on their last four seasons in the Premier League, mid table should be attainable.

As it stands, West Ham are currently 500/1 to win the league, so only the brave would want to put any money on this outcome. That being said, Leicester’s 5000/1 odds last season mean anything could happen, so it may be worth a punt now before the miracles start to happen.

With players like Dimitri Payet and the perennial Mark Noble, it may be worth betting on individual games or the likelihood that Payet will continue to find the net as he has over the last two seasons. The big question for the bookies now however is whether a bigger club will swoop for Payet in the January transfer window.

As the league heats up, online gambling become more fun as players try to pick their winners and losers or build incredible accumulators with the hopes of winning thousands from small stakes. The rush of in-game betting is hard to match, but another online game which comes close is online slots which can be found via sites like

For football fans, games like Soccer Safari are a great way to try something different and have some fun aiming to hit the jackpot. Soccer Safari features a fun safari theme complete with Cheetahs, Rhinos and a Zebra referee and has multiple winning lines and cool graphics and sound effects. Why not give it a go to get the same rush as gambling on that last minute winner?

Picking the winner of the league isn’t easy and it feels extra special when you predict the final outcome. The same feeling can be found elsewhere however and online slot games like Soccer Safari are a great way to replicate the moment when your bet comes in, especially when the coins pour out when you hit the jackpot!

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