We are exactly 30 days away from the kick-offto the new Premier League season and it is just about the time for a short preview with our expectations on the outright winners, the top four finish and the relegation battle.
Let’s start with the champions. Antonio Conte had a dream season in his debut at Stamford Bridge as his side completely dominated the competition from the very first round. On paper, the Blues look even stronger after signing Antonio Rudiger from Roma. However, Eden Hazard’s and Diego Costa’s statuses are still wide open, but if Roman Abramovic finds the way to keep them, Chelsea will certainly be among the main favourites. You can now have them at 7/2 to defend the title which is absolutely worth backing at this stage.
Tottenham Hotspur did not change literally anything in comparison to the last season. There are plenty of offers for both Dele Alli and Harry Kane, but we see themwearing the Spurs’ shirt in the next season as well. The Spurs have been the most consistent of the top teams in the last five years and they are always a good shout for the top four finish – this time set at 8/11 odds.
Manchester City are the main favourites for the title according to the bookies who price them at 15/8 to lift the trophy and at 1/5 to battle out for the Champions League spots. It will be very interesting to see Bernardo Silva (who had an amazing season with Monaco last year) at The Etihad, but e honestly don’t see the value in backing the Citizens to go all the way at such low odds.
The last Champions League outfit is Liverpool who gained on the depth in the final third by signing Mohamed Salah from Roma. Jurgen Klopp learned a lot about Premier League last year and we would not be surprised to see the Reds in the contest for the very top of the standings this year. You can back the team from Anfield as an outside winners at 11/1 odds.
We must not forget the giants (Arsenal and Manchester United). The Gunners signed Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, while United lost Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but according to British media Lukaku’s move is a done deal. It’s hard to say if any of the two teams can go all the way, but they will clearly be in the battle for the top four. Arsenal are quite interesting at 1/1 for the top four finish.
As for the relegation battle, two newcomers (Huddersfield Town and Brighton Howe & Albion) are the main contenders to leave Premier League at the end of the season. We can’t see the Terriers competitive in the elite class of the English football and they are well worth backing to get relegated at the odds of 4/6.