The last few weeks have seen this Betting Reporter site preview the new Premier League season. All 20 clubs have been examined, so who’s going to be champions and who are heading for the Championship?
The top two from last season haven’t been that busy in the transfer market. Manchester City have signed Rodri for £62m from Atletico Madrid. He looks a great signing and could help City to success in the Champions League too. Liverpool meanwhile, haven’t made an major signings aside from a couple that have the future in mind.
Tottenham have actually signed some players for a change. Tanguy Nombele has arrived from Lille for £65m but don’t expect many goals from him. Jack Clarke has signed from Leeds but has been loaned back to them but he’s one for the future.
Arsenal shocked their fans when spending £72m to acquire Nicolas Pepe from Lille. He’s scored 37 goals in the past two seasons so could add some real firepower to the Gunners. Manchester United needed to be busy this summer and there’s been major surgery to their defence. Aaron Wan-Bassaki and the soon to arrive Harry Maguire should improve that leaky defence.
Chelsea have a transfer ban at present but did make the Mateo Kovacic loan a permanent deal. However, Eden Hazard has left, who will score the goals he used to get? Outside of the top six, Everton have been splashing the cash with a number of impressive signings. Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Moise Kean look good but will the team gel unlike in the past?
Wolves and Leicester have both strengthened their squads but the latter need to adequately replace Harry Maguire. Aston Villa just keep spending money this season, it’s over the £130m mark but can they get all their new players to create a winning team?
The Title Race
A title win for Manchester City will be their third in a row. The last two seasons has seen them earn 198 points with goals galore. Again, they are worthy favourites and can be backed at 8/15 (1.52) with Betfair to win the Premier League. The strength of their squad is frightening, can anyone stop them? Probably not.
Liverpool were only a point behind City last season. Can they achieve such a high standard again this season? The squad is almost the same as last year but a busy schedule is going to be a potential problem. You can just imagine what Jurgen Klopp thinks about his team being in Qatar for the World Club Championship days before Christmas. Liverpool will have a good season and may well finish runners-up again. It’s 3/1 (4.0) at Betway that they can win the title this season.
Champions League Qualification
It’s hard to see anyone but last season’s top two battling it out for the title. Chelsea finished third last year but 25 points adrift of the top two. With a transfer ban, inexperienced manager and no Eden Hazard, it’ll be a struggle just to make the top four. Bet365 will give you 11/10 (2.1) on the Blues securing a top four finish.
Tottenham at least have their own home ground now. They have spent some money but need to banish that bad patch they always seem to have and cut down the losses, especially away from home. Another top four finish looks possible.
Arsenal and Manchester United aren’t potential champions. They will be fighting it out to get back into the top four. The Gunners look awesome up front but again their defence looks a problem. Are Arsenal managers simply unable to sign top defenders? Paddy Power have odds of 7/5 (2.4) on them finishing in the top four this season.
Manchester United aren’t and they look a decent bet to get back in the top four, probably at Chelsea’s expense. There are still question marks over their manager and whether Paul Pogba can be more consistent. A return to the Champions League places are 1/1 (2.0) at William Hill.
Everton would love to get into the top four. They have made good signings but can tend to make slow starts. Wolves have again made some good signings this summer. They could repeat last years seventh. West Ham are again big spenders but need more consistency. Newcastle can expect another bumpy season, will their fans grow to love Steve Bruce?
Norwich City and Sheffield United will struggle. The latter have made good signings but are their new recruits Premier League quality? Brighton have had plenty of problems since being promoted. They could lose Lewis Dunk and the new signings all have to prove themselves in this league. Southampton continue to struggle and another relegation battle looks likely. The Saints are 5/1 (6.0) at BetVictor to be relegated.
Manchester City again look the strongest squad and they can win the Premier League again. Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United will join them in the Champions League. The odds on a Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham top three finish in that order has odds of 15/8 (2.875) at SkyBet. Norwich City and Sheffield United wlll have brief stays in the top flight and Brighton will join them. The odds on those three going down are 18/1 (19.0) at Bet365.