Who Could Win The Premier League?

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Updated: July 27, 2016

Just 17 days to go until the English Premier League is back and it most likely won’t stir up as much of a shock as last year when Leicester defied the 5000/1 odds but with a new influx of top class managers, one thing for certain is that it’s going to be entertaining.

The favourites

At 5/2 Manchester City with new boss Pep Gauradiola are favourites to win the title. Gauradiola has only failed to win a league title in his once in his 7 years of management but not that much activity in the transfer market could be their downfall, a deflated squad in the second half of the season proved changes were needed, obtaining young Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko is a promising but will not yet have that much impact, Nolito is an odd transfer considering Aguero should be the main man and Ilkay Gundogan is well known for being injury prone and won’t start the season for the Blues. Manchester should be aiming for at least automatic qualification to the Champions League group stages, anything else will be seen as a failure.

Manchester City Press Conference Gaurdiola

Manchester United are second favourite at 7/2 with Jose Mourinho also newly being appointed this summer, just to intensify the Manchester derby even more. Mourinho knows how to win titles, he’s won titles in Portugal, Italy, Spain and most importantly he has won 3 Premier League titles during two different spells with Chelsea. The signing made are purposely done so to make an impression on world football, especially with the signing of Ibrahimovic and potentially Paul Pogba. No Champions League football next season but a chance for younger players to shine in the Europa League could be good news and Mourinho, like Guardiola, doesn’t tend to finish far from top spot.

At 11/2 Chelsea come in as third favourites also with a new manager, Antonio Conte. The Italian rejuvenated a Juventus side to bring them back to their historic status helping them win 3 Serie A titles and over performed with what was quoted as “The worst Italian team in 50 years” unfortunately going out on penalties to Germany in the quarter finals of Euro 2016. Chelsea haven’t wasted time in bringing strong recruitments with Leicester’s N’Golo Kante and Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, some could argue that better defenders is a must for the London side but if Conte’s management is to flourish then he will get the best out of this squad and without European competitions, strength in depth is not that much of a necessity.

Antonio Conte

6/1 odds see Arsenal is a very familiar place, fourth favourites and probably where they’ll finish. Wenger was praised for doing his business early in buying Swiss international Granit Xhaka and in my eyes that is simply replacing departed Spaniard Mikel Arteta. The cry out from Arsenal fans is to bring a goalscoring striker or a world class centre back but yet again with failed bids for Lacazette and Higuain looking like another frustrating summer for the Gunners, expect them to follow a similar pattern of the last few seasons.

The dark horses

Tottenham are level with Liverpool at 8/1. Pochettino along with Klopp have a young exciting team who would both and should both consider mounting a challenge for top 3 spots and at least should still be in the hunt for Champions League through the course of the season. Liverpool haven’t wasted time reinforcing their squad with Matip, Karius, Mane, Klavan, Manninger and Wijnaldum all being brought in. Tottenham have just tweaked their current squad adding Wanyama and Janssen maybe adding a couple more signing to have a perfect balance for Champions League.

Klopp and Pochetinno

Reigning champions Leicester are 28/1 to regain their title, it could easily be like last season where the defending champions failed to even make a European spot. They haven’t wasted time in strong value for money recruitments but in losing Kante and maybe losing Mahrez could make a huge difference. Vardy’s commitment to the club is a big plus having rejected Arsenal earlier this summer.

The outsiders 

West ham are 80/1 to clinch to the title, which is a stretch for the imagination but the West Ham brand is gradually growing having finished 7th, moving into the Olympic stadium. They’ve brought in some very talented players like Nordtveit and Feghouli on free transfers and if player of the Euros, Dimitri Payet can recreate his form from last year and the Euros and stay fit for the whole season then West Ham could mount a real challenge for the big teams and be a very entertaining team to watch.

Everton are other outsiders at 80/1 being used to top half of the table positions, with Martinez’s last two years being exceptions and having finished with 72 points in Martinez’s first season, which would have secured second place last year. Having had new investment earlier this year, Everton need to spend or more importantly keep their key players. Koeman is used to worse circumstances when he arrived at Southampton and if he can keep a hold of those players and get the best out of them. Everton have been quiet in the transfer market for the moment only really replacing Tim Howard with dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg. Everton should be competitive if they hold onto their players, which is to be seen as there is still much more to be done in the summer.

Koeman Everton

Something people should always remember since Nigel Adkin’s departure is to never underestimate the south east club. At 100/1 Southampton are one of the most unfavourable outsiders. Koeman left for Everton, Wanyama, Mane, Pelle all gone and not many brought in at this current moment, the future is looking familiar to Southampton fans. With Nathan Redmond and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg both looking like exciting signings and defenders Cedric and Fonte have just won the Euros with Portugal. Claude Puel looks like a promising manager having won Ligue 1 with Monaco and got to a Champions League semi-final with Lyon. He had a similar job with his last club Nice and brought them to great success by helping them finish in the top four last season.

Who do you think will win the Premier League or could exceed expectations? 

 

Also read:

Mock 2016/17 Premier League Table – Version One by Conor Porter

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