Can Arsenal force their way back into the Champions League places?
Bookmakers have had their say on the coming Premier League season and they predict more of the same with Manchester City priced hot favourites to win two in-a-row. The odds-on you’ll find about The Cityzens has put many off but there’s no doubt traders are right to keep last season’s champions close with money set to be spent this summer.
That stance forces lovers of the value away from the outright betting but there’s plenty to get excited about in a top-four market that’s always competitive. Finding a challenger to the Champions League places could earn you a heathy profit not to mention give backers a bet to cheer on over the course of the campaign.
Here’s the teams expected to finish amongst the prizes and a few worth a look at a bigger price…..
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Spurs look the value
Man City are nailed on to win the trophy according to those who hold the purse strings so we can take them out of the running for a top-four finish as they are no good to us at 1/12. That’s a bet that should win – it would be a real upset if it didn’t – but it’s a price that does us no favours whatsoever.
Others on the list that are just too tight to consider are Liverpool at 1/4 and the 2/7 available at William Hill on Manchester United. Things then get interesting as the offers become a little more enticing.
Chelsea lost out on the top-four last season, falling from champions to fifth over the course of 12 months. That would’ve angered the club’s owners who are sure to splash the cash in an attempt to force their way back into the picture and challenge Man City. It’s unlikely manager Antonio Conte will be given another crack at it meaning we’re set for a busy summer at Stamford Bridge. The work done now will be crucial to how they fare in the campaign ahead. There’s 4/6 (William Hill) about a top-four finish and that appeals with no Champions League football to contend with.
Tottenham are improving year on year and if they hold onto Harry Kane they will continue to move in the right direction. The Londoners will suffer for their own success however with a number of their players involved in the England World Cup squad which means they won’t get too much of a rest over the off-season. They ended third last year, have money to invest and the ambition to push for the top. William Hill’s 4/5 is a stunning offer.
It remains to be seen what will become of Arsenal as the club enter a transitional period. They must be given the credit they deserve for acting swiftly in appointing a new manager following the departure of Arsene Wenger. It’ll be strange to see the Emirates dugout missing the Frenchman, but Arsenal are looking towards the future and new man Unai Emery will come in with his own ideas. He certainly won’t keep as close an eye on the transfer budget as his predecessor did. 9/4 (Betfred) for a return to the top-four.
Another worth a mention is Everton who head the outsiders at 25/1 (Betfred). The Toffees were disappointing last season, spending the opening part of the fixture list fighting against relegation rather than pushing for promotion as was expected. They have a talented team and the backing of the boardroom.
After that we’re confident enough to write off the likes of Leicester 35/1, Southampton shouldn’t be 50/1 and West Ham are difficult to trust even with bits and pieces of 70/1 going around.