2017/18 Premier League Kick Off
The 2017/18 Premier League season will kick off on Friday 11th August, with a match between Arsenal and Leicester City. It is rare for a Premier League season to start on a Friday night but as the costs of television rights soar, it is something we are sure to see more of in the future.
Chelsea start the 2017/18 season as defending champions and can be backed at 7/2 with Bet365
to retain their title. Antonio Conte caused somewhat of a surprise by guiding Chelsea to the top of the table in his first season in charge at the club. However, you must go back to 2008/09 to find the last time a club successfully won back-to-back Premier League titles.
Things have not been going well in the transfer market for Chelsea and with striker Diego Costa set to leave the club, missing out on Romelu Lukaku could prove costly. A better bet would be for Chelsea to finish in the top four but at odds of 2/7 with Ladbrokes, this is not very tempting.
The bookies favourites to win the 2017/18 Premier League is Manchester City at 2/1 with Sky Bet now Having secured the services of Pep Guardiola, big things were expected of Manchester City last season and they failed to deliver. The hype surrounding the appointment of Guardiola did not help matters and defensively Manchester City struggled, conceding 39 goals in the Premier League.
Guardiola has already made a move in the transfer market, bringing in midfielder Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson. It’s the latter which will be of most interest as Claudio Bravo struggled last season having made the move from Barcelona. The feeling is Manchester City need at least one more quality full-back and central defender if they are to challenge for the title.
Their cross-city rivals, Manchester United, have also been making moves in the transfer market. The signing of defender Victor Lindelof was secured early on and was followed by the biggest transfer of the summer to date, as Romelu Lukaku joined from Everton.
2017/18 Premier League Kick Off
Manchester United struggled badly at home last season and this is one area Jose Mourinho will want to improve. Pressure will be on Lukaku to deliver goals but he is proven to deliver the goods in the Premier League. With all the talk surrounding the Belgian striker, this may take some of the spotlight off Paul Pogba, of which big things are expected this campaign.
If Manchester United can turn drawing positions into wins this coming season, they have a good chance of winning the Premier League and can be backed at 10/3 with Ladbrokes.
Tottenham Hotspur continue to make progress under Mauricio Pochettino and did very well to finish in second place last season. However, playing at Wembley could cause problems and they found life tough at the home of English football when playing European football. In Harry Kane and Dele Alli they have two fantastic players but at 10/1 with Betway, the title is going to be out of reach. In fact, Tottenham could be one of the casualties this season and they are 11/10 with William Hill to finish outside the top four.
Liverpool will be hoping to make further progress under Jurgen Klopp this coming season. The German guided the club to fourth and a place in the Champions League last season which means third or higher must be the goal for the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
Defeats to teams in the bottom half of the table continue to haunt Liverpool and this is something Klopp must eradicate if they are to mount a title challenge. They have added the speed of
in attack but its defensively where question marks remain. The goalkeeping position is still unclear and a quality central defender and left-back are required if Liverpool are to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League.
Liverpool are 12/1 with Bet365 to win the Premier League, which is about right. The Reds are 5/4 with Ladbrokes to finish in the top four, which is a better bet.
Last season was very disappointing for Arsenal and with Arsene Wenger remaining at the club, it will be interesting to see how they fare this time around. Having failed to qualify for the Champions League, Arsenal can focus more attention on their pursuit of the Premier League title by rotating their squad in the Europa League.
On the 22nd January last season, Arsenal defeated Burnley and were sitting second in the Premier League before it all went wrong. If they can keep hold of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil plus get the best from new signing Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal could be back in the mix at the top of the Premier League. Arsenal are 12/1 with William Hill to win the Premier League and make an interesting bet.
Two of last seasons promoted teams, Huddersfield and Brighton are favourites to go down at 4/6 and 5/4 respectively with Bet365. Newcastle are out at 7/2, which is a surprise considering the way they went down in 2015/16. Watford were as high as seventh come December in the Premier League last season but dropped like a stone towards the end of the campaign to finished just above the relegation zone. Watford are 7/2 with William Hill to get relegated and 7/1 to finish bottom of the league.
Harry Kane has finished the last two seasons as top goal scorer and can be backed at 3/1 with Bet365 to end the 2017/18 Premier League campaign top of the pile. However, he will face stiff competition from Romelu Lukaku, who will be hoping to add to his total of 25 goals from last season. Lukaku is 9/2, with Sergio Aguero 6/1 and new Arsenal singing Alexandre Lacazette on offer at 12/1.
Finally, to the potential winner of the player of the year award and Paul Pogba makes an intriguing bet at 14/1 with Skybet. Big things are expected of the Frenchman and although he did well at times last season, the 2017/18 Premier League season could be the one to stamp his authority on English football.