Transfer Deadline Day Betting: West Brom and Sunderland lead way

David Luiz is being linked with a shock return to Chelsea from PSG
David Luiz is being linked with a shock return to Chelsea from Paris St-Germain

On deadline day morning, Michael Lintorn explores the countless betting opportunities available...

"If you find yourself wanting to combine your knowledge of what is and isn’t going to happen with a flutter, the Betfair Sportsbook is on hand to ensure that you have all the tools you need, offering no fewer than 47 markets on the matter."

Transfer deadline day is already the favourite day of the half-year for Sky Sports, newspapers' online offerings and Stoke City, but is it starting to become a biannual highlight for punters too?

If you find yourself wanting to combine your knowledge of what is and isn't going to happen with a flutter, the Betfair Sportsbook is on hand to ensure that you have all the tools you need, offering no fewer than 47 markets on the matter.

Thirty-two of those relate to players who have been protagonists of this summer transfer window, asking where they will be when the spending comes to a stop.

The odds-on prospects are David Luiz at 4/5 to return to Chelsea, Jack Wilshere at 1/2 to pick Bournemouth over Crystal Palace, Alexandre Lacazette at 1/5 to join Arsenal, Juan Mata at 4/7 to head to Everton, Julian Draxler at 1/2 to sign for Paris St-Germain, Mario Balotelli at 1/10 to swap Liverpool for Nice, Romelu Lukaku at 4/7 for a Chelsea comeback and Saido Berahino at 8/11 to move to Stoke.

If you prefer to focus your punting on the clubs rather than the employees, you can bet on which Premier League side will make the most deadline-day additions. West Brom and Sunderland are joint 3/1 favourites, with the latter being backed all the way in from 8/1. Hull aren't far behind at 7/2.

This writer got in on the Black Cats at the start of the day, though Stoke are an intriguing option at 7/1 given that they seem to be close to capturing both Bruno Martins Indi and Wilfried Bony.

As well as investing in the most active team, you can attempt to identify who will leave it latest, with the Baggies 4/1 frontrunners to conclude the final deal of the day, followed by Burnley, Crystal Palace, Hull and Watford at 5/1.

With links to the likes of Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Wilfried Zaha and Moussa Sissoko, but nothing concrete in place yet, might Tottenham be an attractive outsider in that market at 16/1?

There are also odds on who the first club to be mentioned on Sky Sports News once the clock passes 23:00 will be, with Arsenal rated 4/1 favourites in perhaps the trickiest market of all to call.

If you like your transfer wagers to be a little sillier, you can pick out Jim White's first cliché - with "the clock is ticking" the evens favourite - or look at a series of novelty specials which include there being a live Harry Redknapp interview on Sky at 4/1, Peter Odemwingie appearing there at 16/1 and Berahino tweeting about Jeremy Peace again at 25/1.

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