Posted on August 18th, 2017
Whereas Spain’s La Liga has long been a two- or three-horse race, the Premier League is arguably the most competitive division in the world. On the face of it, the eventual winners of the 2017-18 season could be any one of six teams: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, or Arsenal. With help from tipsters Bethut’s football predictions, here’s who we think will finish in the top four this season:
The defending champions were far and away the best team in the last campaign last year, with seven points separating the Blues (93) from second-placed Tottenham Hotspur (86). Going into the new season, the spine of last year’s team is still there: Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Pedro.
But having missed out on signing Romelu Lukaku and the future of last season’s top scorer, Diego Costa, uncertain, it’s not clear how the latter’s supposed replacement, Alvaro Morata, will fare in the Premier League. And with the departure of club legend John Terry, they club could also do with another centre-back.
Many pundits have expressed their amazement at how the Chelsea board thought it right to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, a team with the potential to be direct rivals for the title in the new campaign. This was no doubt a bad decision and one that clearly frustrated Conte.
The only other player they’ve bought so far is Tiemoue Bakayoko, which explains the sale of Matic… except that the former isn’t fit yet. As the manager says, they need to buy at least two or three more players if they’re to have a chance of retaining their title. Most bookmakers agree that Chelsea are third-favourites to win the 2017/18 title, with Oddschecker showing both Bet365 and SkyBet offering odds of 4/1 on that to happen.
Manchester United may have finished sixth last season, but the Red Devils are clearly on the up. Jose Mourinho’s team went on a 25-game unbeaten run and won the EFL League Cup and the Europa League. Yes, that run was less productive than it should have been (with 12 draws).
But with three new signings (Victor Lindelof, Lukaku, and Matic) they are now even stronger in defence and have more firepower up front. United have enough quality in their squad to challenge for the title, which is why we put them as second favourites to become champions. Bet365, William Hill and Betfred offer odds of 7/2 for United to win the league for the first time in five seasons.
In his debut season at the Emirates, manager Pep Guardiola finished 2016/17 at his lowest position ever in a league table (third). The purchase of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in favour of fan-favourite Joe Hart proved an unpopular and unwise decision as the Chilean made several glaring errors between the sticks. The two-time Champions League-winning manager also seems to favour Gabriel Jesus over Sergio Aguero, which has also baffled fans and pundits alike.
Yet City haven’t been slow to sign players either, with Kyle Walker, Ederson Moraes, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy all quality players. Guardiola is now putting his stamp on a side he largely inherited and we’ve seen the magic he’s capable of when left do things his way. Most bookmakers offer odds of 13/8 for City to end the 2017/18 campaign as champions, making them narrow favourites for the title.
There may be a distinct lack of silverware in Spurs’ trophy cabinet, but Mauricio Pochettino is a very good manager with a great record in the Premier League. During his time at White Hart Lane, Pochettino has transformed Spurs from a mid-table side into one that is right up there with the best.
Despite this, the club have a lot of money invested in the building of the new stadium and have so far failed to buy any new players. Considering the sale of Kyle Walker to City, the North Londoners need to buy a replacement in order to build on what they’ve achieved over the last two seasons.
As long as they can keep hold of Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen, they should be okay. While we don’t think they’ll win the league, we do think that they will pip Arsenal and Liverpool to fourth place. Bookmakers’ odds on Spurs winning the league vary from 8/1 to 10/1.