This weekend, the 20 teams taking part in this coming season’s Premier League will get their campaigns underway. Friday night sees the first game of the new season as newly promoted Brentford kick off their season at home to London rivals Arsenal and this is followed by nine other games taking place across Saturday and Sunday.
Last season, Manchester City were the comfortable winners of the Premier League with their city rivals Manchester United finishing second ahead of Liverpool in third and Chelsea, who also won the Champions League, finishing fourth.
Leicester finished in fifth, with West Ham a lofty sixth ahead of the London duo Tottenham and Arsenal.
Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham were the three teams to be relegated from the division.
Harry Kane was the top goalscorer in the Premier League with 23 goals, one ahead of Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
With Brentford, Norwich City and Watford the teams promoted back to the top flight, it promises to be an exciting season ahead and of course, you can enjoy all the great pre-match betting, outright betting and In Play betting throughout the season with bet365 Sport.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to the new season.
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The bookmakers feel that there are four teams in with a chance of winning the Premier League title realistically this season and I have to say that I am in agreement with them on that. Manchester City are the 4/6 favourites with bet365 Sport, with Chelsea and Liverpool both 5/1 and Manchester United 8/1.
Outside that quartet the odds rise sharply to Spurs at 40/1, with Arsenal and Leicester both at 50/1 and those seven teams are the only ones rated below 100/1 shots with the bookmaker.
In terms of value, I think Manchester United are the pick to look at here as although they are 8/1, they finished second last season and have made a couple of major signings to improve their squad markedly in Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. Add to that the high quality of the squad and I think they are the best value.
However, I would also hold off on that bet for a little while. That’s because Manchester City are believed to be interested in signing wantaway Tottenham striker Harry Kane. If City do get Kane, then I think that would make them clear favourites to win the league once again. Without him through, I do feel they may be a bit light in attack.
Chelsea are interesting as they had the beating of Manchester City last season and Thomas Tuchel will want his team to make a real challenge at the top of the table and I can see them doing that, especially if they can land Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan as has been rumoured this week.
Liverpool too cannot be discounted as their key defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez return from injury and with new signing Ibrahim Konate looking very strong, the Reds should be much closer to the action at the top of the table this time around.
For me though the title race hinges on whether City can get the Kane deal over the line. If they can, then I would back City to claim the title, if not, then either Chelsea or Manchester United would be my bets, with perhaps Chelsea just edging it. Tip – Chelsea – 5/1
The battle against the drop is always a dramatic one in the Premier League each season and history shows that newly promoted teams tend to find things tough. I do think that will be the case for both Brentford and Watford and I think that both these teams will be two of the three relegated.
The other team could be literally one from many. I do worry about Wolves without the calming influence of Nuno Santo as manager, I also feel Crystal Palace have taken a gamble, while Newcastle’s issues continue and Burnley are always hovering around the drop zone.
Despite that the team I feel will join them in the Championship next season is Brighton as I feel they have lost a key defender in Ben White and haven’t really made big strides to improve their team any. Tips – Watford (Evens), Brentford (11/10), Brighton (6/1).
Rather like the race for the Premier League title, who finishes as the top scorer in the Premier League will, I feel, depend upon a number of potential transfers that could happen over the next week or so.
If Chelsea sign Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City sign Harry Kane, then I think these two players would likely be installed as the new favourites to finish leading scorer. If just one signs, then I think they would be clear favourite to win the honour.
However, if Lukaku stays in Inter and Kane remains at Spurs, then I think that changes things. I can’t see Kane being unprofessional at Spurs, but we know he wants a move and I think that means the edge in his game won’t quite be there.
That allows players like Mo Salah, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Jamie Vardy, Edinson Cavani, Sadio Mane, Son Hyeong-Min and Dominic Calvert Lewin a chance to be in the frame.
However, this is a market that I would hold off on until we have some definitive answers about where the likes of Kane and Lukaku will be playing next season as if they both move, I would back Kane to be the leading scorer for Manchester City.
But if neither player makes the move outlined above, then I think the likes of Edinson Cavani (33/1) would be an excellent choice for this market. However, this is a bet I would hold off on making at least for a couple of weeks yet.
*All odds were provided by bet365 Sport and were correct at time of writing.