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What is a Scientific Wager?
A bet whose outcome is settled by scientific method. Scientific wagers typically involve an offer to pay a certain amount of money on the scientific proof or disproof of some hypothesis. Some have a date restriction for collecttion, others are open. Stephen Hawking and Richard Feynman are two weel-known scientists who have gambled on theory.
Note: The Standford Linear Accelerator has an open book containing 35 bets in particle physics dating back to 1980, many still unresolved.
So how should punters expect the rest of this year to go from a betting point of view, and who looks likely to be the club lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.
Manchester City: The only team with a perfect record so far this season, it's no surprise to see City currently topping the title race with the football betting. On the back of a disappointing campaign, Manuel Pellegrini has shaken off the criticism and guided his team through an impressive opening few weeks of the new season. Having seen his playing squad significantly strengthened in the summer, the City manager has all the tools to win a second Premier League title at the club. With options in every position and world class talent throughout the squad, the blue side of Manchester is right to feel confident about their chances this year.
Arsenal: Many people's possible dark horses this season, the Gunners have enjoyed a solid if unspectacular start to the new year. Following a summer in which only Petr Cech was added to a first-team squad that could have clearly done with strengthening in other areas, Arsene Wenger has again come under criticism for his unwillingness to splash the cash. Those doubters have been silenced on a number of occasions in the past, though, and it wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility that the Arsenal manager proves them wrong again. While a couple of injuries could drastically change things at the Emirates, a fully fit Arsenal squad is one that could well push City all the way in the league this year.
Chelsea: The defending Premier League champions have given themselves a huge hill to climb if they are going to have any chance of retaining their crown. Early season defeats to title rivals ManchesterCity and a Crystal Palace team many expected to be battling it out near the bottom of the table rather than the top has left Jose Mourinho's men already chasing those teams at the top of the table. The slow start to the year might have come as a shock to a lot of Chelsea fans but there are signs that the squad are finding their feet this season. While City have already put a bit of distance between themselves and the chasing pack already, the Blues have the players who could go on a long winning run that sees them get right back in contention by the time the final few weeks of the year.
The English Premier League is widely regarded as one of football's most evenly contested divisions and this year looks set to be no different. While some thought it would be defending champions Chelsea who would stand the best chance of topping the league again this year, the opening few weeks of the new campaign has put paid to many pre-season predictions, with Jose Mourinho's side struggling to get their season going while many of their rivals have raced ahead in the league table.