Premier League Outrights Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds
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After correctly predicting the Chelsea to be crowned Premier League winners in our last season preview we’re back again to give you all the best predictions for the upcoming Premier League title challenge, with as many as six teams potentially challenging for the trophy.
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Premier League Outright Winners – Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s first season in Premier League management was a little more difficult that he had imagined, but with a season under his belt and plenty of transfer funds at his disposal we’re expecting him and Manchester City to come back stronger than ever in the coming season and if all things go to plan they should be taking the Premier League trophy back to The Etihad next May.
In fairness to Guardiola, Manchester City did finish 3rd in the table last season, only behind a Chelsea side who had no European football to distract them and a Spurs side who went out in the early stages. With Chelsea returning to the Champions League this season and Tottenham expected to struggle at Wembley the gate is open for Manchester City to top the pile.
There are other key factors at play as well. Chelsea are expected to lose top scorer Diego Costa in the summer and his replacement, Alvaro Morata, is an unproven figure in the Premier League. Talismanic captain John Terry has also left and the future of midfield mainstay Nemanja Matic is in doubt. Tottenham, meanwhile, have made no moves in the transfer market so far and have cashed in right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City. Their other main rivals are Manchester United, and whilst they have spent big on centre back Victor Lindelof and striker Romelu Lukaku we doubt that this is enough to bridge the wide gap between them and the champions last season.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have shelled out a fortune trying to plug the gaps that cost them the title last season. Highly rated Bengica goalkeeper Ederson comes in to challenge Claudio Bravo for the number one shirt, whilst full back trio Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, and Danilo have been bought for a combined £115 million to improve on the outgoing Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, and Pablo Zabaleta. Going forward they have signed Monaco winger Bernardo Silva and have a full season of Gabriel Jesus to look forward too, so they’ve made a definite improvement on their squad.
Silva and Jesus could prove absolutely crucial for Man City’s fortunes. Both of them are expected to push for a starting place, but more important is the effect they could have during times of crisis. It’s no secret that Sergio Aguero and David Silva are Manchester City’s most important players, and with both prone to spells on the sidelines their form noticeable suffers without them. Without Silva they average 0.2 points per game less than with him and win 8% less matches, whilst Aguero’s absence causes them to win 3% less games. If Jesus and Silva can reduce that deficit it could be enough for them to win the Premier League.
All the signs point towards a Manchester City triumph this season. They have probably made the best business in the transfer market and already had a well established and title challenging side. Guardiola now has a season under his belt in the Premier League. With all their contenders facing extra setbacks this season it does look like the door is wide open for the Etihad outfit to charge to the top of the table.
Premier League Tricast – Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd
We’ve already covered why Manchester City have the best chance of taking the top spot, but their contenders aren’t expected to be too far behind them, and at 28/1 this Premier League Tricast looks incredibly good value for money.
Chelsea may have Champions League football to contend with this season, but they should still be able to mount a considerable title challenge. They have a proven winner in Antonio Conte, and whilst Costa is expected to leave they still have the electric Eden Hazard. If Alvaro Morata settled in they have a world class striker at their disposal, but even if he doesn’t Michy Batshuayi can definitely do a job for them. Antonio Rudiger is also a very solid option at centre back, and even with their European commitments I don’t think their level will drop off enough to take them out of the top two.
Manchester United have a lot of ground to make up after finishing 6th last season, but they have made positive moves to try and bridge that gap. Their main issue last season was a seeming lack of ability to take the game to their opponents, and their £75 million signing of Romelu Lukaku should definitely help in that regard. The Belgian forward scored 25 league goals last season for Everton, and with Pogba and Mkhitaryan providing backup to him he should thrive at Old Trafford. Victor Lindelof also adds a new dimension to their troublesome centre back spots, and if they can avoid an injury crisis Jose Mourinho should definitely be able to guide them into the top three.
Their contenders for these top three spots are expected to be Arsenal and Tottenham mainly, but both have their problems. Arsenal have made significant moves in the transfer market, but they still harbour a lot of problems at the back and lack a top quality defensive midfielder. The fact that Alexis Sanchez’ future is still in doubt will be a major worry for the Gunners as well. Tottenham’s drawbacks are more unproven, but they are widely expected to struggle at Wembley after their shambolic European campaign there last season. Add that to their lack of summer signings and we’re expecting them to drop off considerable this season.
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Source: Football News