Manchester City won the Premier League title last season, after overcoming a valiant chase from runners up Liverpool, in what was probably the most high-quality title race in living memory.
Of course, it’s still very early doors and the summer transfer market is yet to really come alive, but we thought it would be interesting to see how the Bookies rate each of the Premier League’s top six clubs chances of lifting the top flight crown next season…
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The facts show that Unai Emery did make progress with Arsenal during his first season in charge: their overall points total and record against other top six clubs both improved, as well as going one better and reaching the Europa League final.
However, Arsenal’s old frailties from the Wenger era were all too evident at times, and that’s why the Bookies still see them as by far the weakest of the top six Premier League clubs.
In all honesty, the Gunners need to spend about £300 million on their defence and midfield to get close to the likes of Man City and Liverpool, although it seems as though they only have transfer budget of just £40 million, so it’s hard to see anything else but another season of hardship for their long-suffering fanbase.
It was yet another bizarre season for Chelsea, who seem to be a club forever engulfed in some sort of turmoil. Despite Maurizio Sarri finishing third in the league, reaching the Carabao Cup final and winning the Europa League, the Italian coach was a hugely unpopular figure among the Blues faithful and few tears will have been shed after he left the club to take over at Juventus.
On the surface at least, things look far from rosy at Stamford Bridge, with the club facing a two-window transfer ban and having lost their best player, Eden Hazard, to Real Madrid. Club legend Frank Lampard is the current favourite to take over the vacant managerial role, with many questioning whether the novice coach will be able to handle such a big job.
However, this is Chelsea after all, so who knows, they’ll probably pick up some silverware again next season, although it does look very unlikely that they will have enough to challenge for the title.
Manchester United 25/1
After a disastrous season last time out that saw the 20 times league champions finish in sixth place, the Old Trafford outfit are expected to spend big this summer to avoid another embarrassing campaign.
However, with Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward having proved to be a disaster in the transfer market over the last six seasons, and their only two world-class players, David De Gea and Paul Pogba, pushing to leave, most United fans are fearing their side’s supposed summer rebuild will fail miserably.
Manchester United’s only signing so far has been 21-year-old winger Daniel James, which hints that Woodward is backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s supposed desire to concentrate on bringing young British talent to the club, although such a strategy is bound to take time to bear fruit. They’ll be lucky to make top four next season.
A fourth place finish and reaching the Champions League final will, of course, go down as another season of success for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs – especially when you consider the North London outfit haven’t signed a player in 18 months.
Spurs will start next season in their hugely impressive new stadium and controversial chairman Daniel Levy will be expected to get his cheque book out this summer.
Pochettino’s side is awash with top-class talent, but so many of his first-choice XI have played a ridiculous amount of football in the last few seasons, and the Argentine coach badly needs to freshen things up this summer. With the likes of Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose heavily linked with an exit this summer, much will depend on the clubs activity in the transfer market over the coming months.
It’s hard to see them being realistic title contenders, but they should have enough to finish in the Champions League spots once again.
Liverpool erased the heartache of finishing second to Man City with a record 97 points by lifting the clubs sixth European Cup in Madrid at the start of the month, beating Spurs 2-0 in the Spanish capital.
There can be little argument that Jurgen Klopp’s excellent side deserved some major silverware for their performances last season. However, any Reds fan will tell you that the trophy they want to get their hands on the most is the Premier League, with the Anfield outfit having failed to add to their 18 top flight crowns in 29 years.
Klopp has built a superb side that is jam-packed with top class talent from back to front, so if anybody is going to stop Pep Guardiola’s Man City side making it three in a row, it’s going to be Liverpool.
Manchester City 4/6
Remember a couple of years ago when loads of people were saying that Pep Guardiola wouldn’t succeed in English Football unless he changed his methods? Well, that sure feels like a long time ago, with the former Barca coach having guided City to successive top-flight titles, picking up a ridiculous 198 points over those two campaigns.
We now know that it wasn’t Guardiola who had to change, but rather English football will have to change just to compete against his sensational side. Quite simply, Guardiola has raised the bar to previously unseen levels and his City side are the best team the country has ever seen.
Liverpool did push City all the way last time out, but the Bookies are still heavily backing the reigning champions to make it three in a row next season, and it’s hard to argue with that. If Kevin De Bruyne stays fit all next season and they bring in a couple of quality additions to strengthen their squad, it’s hard to see anything but another season of success for the treble winners.