PREMIER LEAGUE 2017/18 OUTRIGHT BETTING PREVIEW
Altough they finished 3rd last year, Manchester City go into the new season as the title favourites. The Citizens have moved to fix the defensive problems that plagued them last year by signing the likes of Ederson from Benfica, Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, Danilo from Real Madrid and Kyle Walker from Tottenham. The only new face up front is the former Monaco offensive midfielder Bernardo Silva. Manager Pep Guardiola looks to have addressed all the weaknesses in the team and the pre-season has been very promising.
Reigning champions Chelsea are expected to put up a valiant fight to retain their title, but they don't have enough depth in their squad to compete in two competitions as Premier League and Champions League. Whether or not the new signings Álvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoué Bakayoko will take to Premier League football immediately is an unknown, and manager Antonio Conte has urged he needs more players.
Manchester UTD finished 24 points adrift of the champions last term, netted 32 fewer goals netted than the highest scorers (Spurs), and won only eight home games won across the entire top-flight campaign. The positives are that the Red Devils have signed prolific goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic this summer while Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been released. After winning the Europa League, the Red Devils will play in Champions League this season and they are going to find the constraints of top European football hard.
Tottenham, despite having not completed a single summer signing yet, are the 4th favourites to win the title. Spurs are basically unchanged from last season and this could be and advantage in the early stages of the Premier League. Anyway, they will play at Wembley this season where their form was miserable last season.
Arsenal have swapped Champions League football for the Europa League. Alexis Sanchez is rumoured to move away from the Emirates Stadium and club's record signing Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette has been prolific in Ligue 1 but we don't expect the Frenchman to give them the top quality striker they need. The negative atmosphere around Arsene Wenger’s continued position in charge is a huge handicap and they could fail to return to the top four this season.
Liverpool were very scintillatin at their best last season and recorded their second top-four finish in the past eight years.
For a team that likes to press and turn the ball over quickly Mohamed Salah looks an excellent signing but eventually losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona would be a devastating blow. Their defence is still an area of concern and they still look a few players short of being genuine contenders.
Everton look improved this season despite their best player Romelu Lukaku moved to Man UTD. Wayne Rooney returned to Goodison Park and the Toffees also signed valuable players such as Michael Keane, Davy Klaasen, Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez. More signings remain likely as Ronald Koeman looks to bolster his attacking ranks. Only three teams bettered their home record last term but they struggled on the road. A top four finish is a huge ask but they could be the suprise package of the 2017/18 season.
West Ham is another team that should go better than last year having signed the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Chicharito Hernandez, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta. As they head into their second season at the London Stadium they should feel more at home and a top-half finish should not be a problem.
Bournemouth, Leicester and Crystal Palace are expected to compete for a top-half finish as well while Stoke City, Swansea, Burnley, Watford and West Brom are more likely to fight to stay up.
Newcastle should be the better one among the three newly-promoted teams altough manager Rafa Benitez doesn't exactly appear 100% satisfied with his club's transfer business.
Brighton have brought in no fewer than eight new players and we expect them to cause a few shocks at the Amex Stadium this season. This could be also enough to avoid relegation, cosnidering that they only finished one point below Newcastle last season.
Huddersfield are the only team that are odds-on to be relegated to the Championship this summer, despite their complete squad overhaul this summer. The Terriers' big-name signing remains Tom Ince, but their squad lacks a stand-out striker. Probably David Wagner's men will struggle to score the goals needed to survive.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017/18 OUTRIGHT ODDS
- Man City @ 2.88
Chelsea @ 4.50
Man Utd @ 4.50
Tottenham @ 11.00
Arsenal @ 13.00
Liverpool @ 14.00
Everton @ 91.00
Leicester @ 301.00
West Ham @ 501.00
Southampton @ 501.00
Newcastle @ 751.00
Bournemouth @ 1001.00
Stoke @ 1001.00
Brighton @ 1501.00
Crystal Palace @ 1001.00
Swansea @ 1001.00
Watford @ 1501.00
West Brom @ 10001.00
Burnley @ 1501.00
Huddersfield @ 2501.00
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