Early Look at the 2017-18 Premier League Title Odds
The start of the 2017-18 Premier League season is less than a month away and many believe it’s impossible to correctly predict who will be champions this season.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all made big summer signings already whilst there have been reports of discontent at champions Chelsea. Fans of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will also like to believe they’re in with a shout this season.
Here’s a look at the title contenders:
Manchester City 2/1
Pep Guardiola’s side have been made quite comfortable favourites to win the Premier League this season with most bookmakers like M88 offering odds of 2/1. The Citizens were way off the pace last season, finishing 15 points behind the champions. A lot of money was expected to be spent this summer and the former-Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach hasn’t disappointed. Playmaker Bernardo Silva has joined from French champions AS Monaco, goalkeeper Ederson has been brought in from Benfica and Kyle Walker replaces Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at right-back.
You can expect City to upgrade in other areas this summer too. They will also have Gabriel Jesus from the start of the season this time too – and if his brief spell at the end of last season is anything to go by then the Brazilian is a genuine contender for the Golden Boot. Only injuries and how much playing time he gets with Sergio Agüero also in contention are the big questions.
Manchester United 10/3
The two Manchester sides were the title favourites at the start of last season and the same is happening again for 2017-18. This time both managers have a season under their belt. In particular, José Mourinho’s came good during the second half of the last campaign which included a long unbeaten run as well as winning the Europa League. This has given the manager time to realise Chris Smalling and Phil Jones aren’t good enough so young Swedish international Victor Lindelöf has arrived from Benfica to partner Eric Bailly in defence.
£75 million has been splashed out on Romelu Lukaku as United allowed Wayne Rooney to return to Everton on a free transfer whilst Zlatan Ibrahimović is not expected to be fit again until the New Year. He’s not under contract with Manchester United any longer anyway. How much game time will Marcus Rashford see?
Chelsea were longer odds at the start of last season and I think many are overlooking Antonio Conte’s achievements with odds as high as 19/5 to start the new campaign. However, there appears to be problems in the camp with Diego Costa telling the media that his Italian boss is said he is not wanted at Stamford Bridge anymore. Since then Chelsea have lost out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United so it will be interesting to see what happens to Costa between now and 1 September.
John Terry has left but he didn’t get much action last season. However, it is unknown how important his leadership was in the dressing room. Defensively Chelsea were fantastic after switching to a 3-4-3 formation which greatly surprised me given that they had David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Victor Moses all playing defensive roles. So far this summer centre-back Antonio Rüdiger has joined from AS Roma and and holding midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko was signed from Monaco. The latter means Nemanja Matić could be on his way to Manchester United. What a mistake that could be.
Tottenham Hotspur 10/1
The larger playing surface at Wembley Stadium seemed a big downfall for Tottenham in their Champions League group last season in which they didn’t progress from. Now Mauricio Pochettino’s side have a full Premier League season on it. Either he has to change his pressing tactics, which means there’s no guarantee of success, or watch his side fatigue in games and over the duration of the season. I just don’t see them as title contenders and think they’ll struggle even to make top four this season.
Kyle Walker has been sold for an astonishing £45 million but Spurs have yet to bring in a single player. They’re currently relying on goals from Harry Kane up front as Vincent Janssen looks useless. Dele Alli and Christian Erikisen do chip in from midfield.
Arsène Wenger has a lot of critics to prove wrong this season after being handed a new two-year contract following his FA Cup success in May. With no Champions League football this season will it benefit Arsenal in the Premier League? The long-serving boss has vowed they will be title contenders this season.
2016-17 Bundesliga Team of the Year left-back Sead Kolašinac has joined on a free transfer from Schalke 04 and can play at centre-back too. The Gunners had some success with a back three at the end of last season so it will be interesting to see what they go with to start this one. A reported £46.5 million has been splashed out on Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. The French striker has had an incredible goalscoring record over the past three seasons in Ligue 1 and has bags of pace. Not been given much of an opportunity by the national team though. Can he make it in England?
The bookmakers also see Liverpool as long shots to win the Premier League again this campaign. The front three had an excellent start last season before injuries and the African Cup of Nations disrupted them. Will they make a fearful start to the new campaign? Simon Mignolet finished off last season on form but does Jürgen Klopp really believe the Belgian can do well for a whole season? Really?
Mohamed Salah has joined from Roma after a fantastic Serie A campaign to offer another talented attacking option for the Reds. They have also signed young striker Dominic Solankie from Chelsea. However it’s the defence and protection of it that really need sorting out otherwise a top four finish is going to be difficult enough this campaign, let-alone a title challenge.