As the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season fast approaches, it is time to study the odds and see which teams are favourites to be champions next May.
Who will win the Premier League is the big question on the lips of football fans at the start of each campaign, with expectations heightened by summer transfer activity and, in some cases, changes of manager.
The 2016-17 Premier League season is especially intriguing, largely because of rank outsider Leicester City’s march to the title in 2015-16, as well as the change in manager at both Manchester clubs, City and United.
If we break down who are the “odds-on favourites” for the Premier League title, we will see some very familiar names:
The proverbial challengers, Arsenal will be one of those sides sure to mount a challenge again in 2016-17, though questions remain about how consistent Arsène Wenger’s side are over a 38-match season.
The London club had a poor season in 2015-16 by their standards and did not even qualify for Europe.
New manager Antonio Conte will arrive on the back of a strong Euro 2016 as Italian national manager, and that absence of European football may actually free up Chelsea to concentrate on the Premier League.
Jürgen Klopp’s first full season in charge will surely see momentum build at a club that reached both the League Cup and Europa League finals last time around, but, as with Arsenal, greater consistency must be found.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola as boss is an intriguing development. City can be expected to match his appointment with some big-money signings.
The big question is how quick Guardiola can adapt to the Premier League, though his track record with Barcelona and Bayern Munich is stunning.
José Mourinho’s appointment as United boss will bring him face-to-face with Guardiola, a fierce rival from Mourinho’s time at Real Madrid and Guardiola’s at Barcelona.
The first challenge for Mourinho, however, is to revive a club rocked by the short and tumultuous reigns of first David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
United expect Mourinho to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.
Holders in with a shout?
Leaving that Big Five aside, reigning champions Leicester City have to be in with a shout, purely on the basis that the players and manager Claudio Ranieri now know what it takes.
Tottenham mounted a strong challenge last season, and with a young squad, they will be hungry to compete again.
Nonetheless, both Leicester and Tottenham will be outsiders as far as the bookies are concerned.
To get the latest in betting odds, look online for prices and a detailed explanation of how they have been arrived at.
Study the odds closely to see what bets and odds you consider to be best, using your own knowledge of the top Premier League sides and their prospects.
A surprise contender on the line?
The 2016-17 Premier League season may throw up a surprise contender for the title, and after Leicester City’s triumph last season, it is impossible to know for sure what will happen.
However, a study of the odds as they stand suggests that the usual suspects will be battling it out for the coveted Premier League trophy.
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