With the Premier League set to start on Friday we look at who the current favourites are, teams targeting Europe, key signings and much more.
Who are the favourites for the title?
The two dominant teams over the last several years have been Manchester City and Liverpool and it is no surprise that they are the favourites once again.
No other Premier League team has won the title since 2017, when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea dominated English football and it doesn’t seem like changing anytime soon. City (8/13) are the favourites to claim their third title in a row with second favourites Liverpool at 5/2.
After the two obvious choices, Tottenham (14/1 best price) and Chelsea (16/1) are considered the likeliest of those outside the top two to win the league. Conte will be looking to win his second Premier League title with two different clubs, while Thomas Tuchel will be looking to add the Premier League to his Champions League success.
Which teams are targeting Europe?
The big six are the favourites to reclaim their European spots once again, with Arsenal and Manchester United the two expected to finish outside the top four.
Other than the big six, West Ham, who have qualified for the Conference League this year are 10/1 shortest to break into the top 4. They have managed to keep Declan Rice this summer and added Gianluca Scammaca to their forward line in a deal worth £32 million and Nayef Aguerd to their defensive line in a deal worth £31 million. They have added some real quality to the spine of their squad and are set for a Champions League push.
Newcastle have heavily invested this summer as expected and have added the likes of Sven Botman, Nick Pope and Matt Target to their squad and are rumoured to dip their toe back into the market before it ends. With the addition of their players, they are favourites outside the big six to get into the top four with odds as short as 7/1. With incredibly rich owners and a lot of attention on them they could be set for an interesting season.
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Which teams are going to be in a relegation battle?
As usual the favourites to be relegated are the teams who were promoted last season. Bournemouth (4/9) and Fulham (5/4) have been yo-yo clubs the last few years and are expected to be relegated once again, while newcomers Nottingham Forest sit at 7/5 best to face the drop.
Outside of these clubs, Leeds United (9/4) are next favourites to be relegated. They have been incredibly hard hit by the transfer window, losing both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha and are yet to replace them with players of equal quality. They only just survived last year after Jesse Marsch was appointed but failed to really impress. They are expected to face the same fate this season.
Brentford are the other team mentioned in the same breath. Although they had a good first season last year, they lost their star player in Christian Eriksen and have not added many quality players that could win them games. They have added Ben Mee from relegated Burnley to their back line and Aaron Hickey from Bologna, but little else who could really make an impact.
Who are the key summer signings?
Although you could argue Haaland and Nunez are the two biggest signings this summer, they won’t affect their respective teams in the way others might. City and Liverpool are always going to be at the top regardless.
Gabriel Jesus joins Arsenal and has the potential to impact the side in an astronomical way. Arsenal have been crying out for an out and out number nine for years and with one could really progress and challenge the top four.
Jesus has been a big player for City and has always scored goals but has never solidified a starting spot, and with the arrival of Haaland it was inevitable he would go. This signing has the potential to really propel Arsenal and has to be considered a key signing for the Gunners.
Since signing for Arsenal, Jesus has scored seven goals in pre-season and has now been tipped to take this form into the new season. He currently sits at 13/1 (9/1 worst) to be crowned as top goal scorer and has been shortened from as high as 33/1 in many places in the last few weeks alone.
Newcastle have been after Botman for months and when they captured him it really solidified their stature as an aspiring club. Undoubtably Botman is one the most highly anticipated centre-backs in Europe and will add some real quality to Newcastle.
However, the thing that makes this signing such massive coup is the pulling power that comes with it. Not only does the Dutchman make them better he makes Newcastle an attractive destination for Europe’s elite for the next decade.
Which teams have been hardest hit by outgoings?
Leeds have undoubtably been the hardest hit by outgoings this summer and they could pay the price for it. They have lost not just one but two-star players in Phillips and Raphinha and have struggled to replace them with any real quality.
The two were the only real bright points of Leeds’ season last year and with them gone it is difficult to see how they will survive, they currently sit at 23/10 to be relegated. Phillips joins reigning Champions City while Raphinha lives out his boyhood dream and joins Barcelona.
How will the table shape up according to the odds?
At the other end of the table, the three newly promoted teams are favourites to be relegated this year with Bournemouth (4/7) favourites to finish bottom after a poor transfer window and pre-season.