Who are the 2016-17 Premier League Favourites?
The 25th Premier League season is only a few weeks away from kicking off now and we thought we’d look at the odds for the title for anyone interested in online soccer sportsbetting.
Manchester City 5/2
Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the club made Manchester City clear favourites earlier in the summer but they have since seen their odds increase following Manchester United and Chelsea’s appointments and signings so far this summer.
Some fans have questions Guardiola’s ability having inherited two fantastic squads at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and failing to win the UEFA Champions League in three seasons with the latter. This will certainly be the Spaniard’s chance to prove many people wrong.
If Sergio Agüero can stay fit for the full season then Manchester City arguably warrant their status as the favourites. The Argentine can be unplayable at times and despite missing several weeks through injury last season he still only finished one goal behind Golden Boot winner Harry Kane.
Defensively there are some improvements to be made. Is Joe Hart good enough to be the number 1? Who is going to partner Vincent Kompany? And does the new boss need to upgrade at full-back?
In midfield he has some top talent in David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne going forward, and Yaya Touré too if he can get the best out of the Ivorian. It will be interesting to see who else Guardiola adds to his team and how well he gets them playing.
Manchester United 18/5
The arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, along with the rumours that Paul Pogba on his way to Old Trafford have seen Manchester United’s odds shrink this summer.
José Mourinho may have lost nine of his 16 Premier League games in charge of Chelsea last season but there is no doubt he is one of the best managers in the world. But does he have the best defence to win the title in his first season with Manchester United?
So far only Eric Bailly has been acquired whilst he could certainly do with a better right-back and maybe another centre-back. He has a few options at left-back with Luke Shaw hopefully fully recovered from his leg break in October. Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo are also available.
Mourinho tried signing Wayne Rooney at Chelsea previously so the England captain is certainly in his mind. Will he play up front or in the number 10 role? With Mkhtitaryan and Juan Mata available for that number 10 role, then Rooney could well be pushed up to the striker again, splitting time with Zlatan. Though that would give Marcus Rashford minimum time.
The arrival of Pogba will, or would, give fans around Manchester United lots of optimism heading into the new season.
Despite a miserable season and 10th-place finish last year, Chelsea’s odds make them third favourites now, off the back of Antonio Conte’s tactical display with a weak Italian squad at Euro 2016.
The arrival of N’Golo Kanté at Stamford Bridge hasn’t hurt things either as he was one of the best players in the Premier League last season.
If the Italian tactician can get the best out of Eden Hazard once again, and the best out of Juan Cuadrado down the other flank then he has the building of a formidable attack, supporting goalscorer Diego Costa.
Conte is also being linked with a new centre-back which comes as no surprise if he does indeed switch to his preferred 3-5-2 formation. Currently he only has John Terry, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Matt Miazga as out-and-out centre-backs at the club, though Branislav Ivanović can also be deployed there.
It looks set to be a very exciting season ahead of us.