With the Premier League now over for another season the wider world of football suddenly opens up to bleary-eyed fans. The Japanese J-League becomes a lot more watchable while U21 tournaments take priority over anything else on TV.
The Premier League doesnâ€™t return until August and many Bet365 betting fans are already in search of new entertainment. Here are our top five bets for the summer:
1. Brazil to fail in Conf. Cup
Brazil have the expectations of a nation riding on their shoulders this summer as the 2013 Confederations Cup gets underway in June. The hosts must win this tournament to appease angry fans following two years of poor performances and their recent 2-2 draw with Chile didnâ€™t help matters.
Punters should consider Brazil good money to reach the Conf. Cup semis but fall against Spain or Italy.
2. Tahiti to beat Nigeria
The tiny island nation of Tahiti compete at this yearâ€™s Confederations Cup as Oceania representatives and will get battered by Group B powerhouses Spain. However, Tahiti could upset Africa Cup of Nations winners Nigeria, who are without key players Victor Moses and Kalu Uche, and are a good price to win the game.
3. England win a trophy!
The Womenâ€™s 2013 European Championships get underway in Sweden this July and Hope Powellâ€™s troops have a great chance of clinching the title. England are in a tough group alongside Spain, France and Russia but will be confident of progressing after their Olympic Games campaign last summer.
Expect England to go all the way if they avoid the dreaded Germany, who they could meet and beat in the final. If youâ€™re interested in sports betting you may be the perfect person to work for Bet365. Check out Bet365â€™s new careers site here.
4. Arsenal sign a big-name player
Is this the summer Arsene Wenger finally spends the treasure hoard reportedly lying dormant in the Emirates basement? The Gunners boss must spend before August and is likely to bring a striker in after buying cheap last summer. Arsenal are a couple of transfers away from challenging for the title and with their three main rivals all swapping managers Wenger must strike while the iron is hot.
5. Phillips to play on
Kevin Phillips earned Crystal Palace promotion with a playoff final spot kick and the media frenzy that surrounded his â€˜last gameâ€™ suggested the 39-year-old is about to retire. Well, donâ€™t be surprised if the striker doesnâ€™t find another promotion-chasing Champions club for next season â€“ heâ€™s proven capable of scoring at this level despite his age.