It won’t be long now until life returns to normal and our beloved Premier League is back under way.
With the World’s most entertaining league about to kick off on August 10, we take a look at how the Bookies rate each member of the top six’s chances of winning the 2018/19 Premier League crown.
Arsenal – 20/1
Although the majority of Gunners fans will happy that their club is about to enter a new dawn under Unai Emery, after the 22 year reign of Arsene Wenger, the bookies clearly don’t fancy their chances of putting on a realistic title challenge.
Arsenal have however had a very un-Arsenal like transfer window, in which they have got most of their transfer business done early. The Gunners still have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal, so if Emery can sort out their age old issues in defence, the North London outfit could surprise a few people during this campaign.
After a couple of seasons of clearly being the weakest side in the top six, finishing in the Champions League places would go down as a good season for former Sevilla and PSG coach Emery.
Spurs – 16/1
Despite yearly predictions of Spurs losing all their best players and even their manager, the core of the team that has qualified for three successive Champions Leagues remains intact, and on their day, Mauricio Pochetinno’s side have proven time and time again that they can be a match for anybody.
With England captain Harry Kane banging in the goals, and strength all over the pitch, Spurs fans will be optimistic of at least finishing in the top four this season again.
However, a lack of transfer activity and a huge amount of their players having been involved in the latter stages of the World Cup, means it could well turn out to be a tricky season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Chelsea – 12/1
Chelsea finally got their act together and brought in highly rated former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as their new manager recently, after dragging out the sacking of Antonio Conte for what seemed like forever.
The Blues’ new coach won many admirers during his time in Naples and it will be fascinating to see how his “Sarri Ball” tactics work in English football.
Sarri has already brought Italian international metronome Jorginho with him from Napoli, and Chelsea are sure to be one of the most entertaining teams to watch this season under the enigmatic Italian.
However, much will depend on who is still at the club come the end of the transfer window, with star trio Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian all said to be angling for moves away from Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United – 7/1
With Jose Mourinho’s pragmatic style dividing many of the clubs fans and the Portuguese coaches notorious third season syndrome, this could well prove to be a fascinating campaign for the Red Devils.
Under Mourinho, United have been tough to beat but exceptionally difficult on the eye, and how he manages to repair his relationship with his clubs record signing Paul Pogba could have a huge bearing on whether his side can stage an assault on the Premier League crown.
Having only made one high profile signing so far this summer in Brazil international Fred, Mourinho has revealed that he wants two more players before the end of the transfer window. Although the Red Devils serial winning coach must also show that he his capable of getting the best out of the talent already at his disposal if United are to have any chance of success.
Liverpool – 4/1
Liverpool maintained the momentum of reaching the Champions League final last May, by splashing almost £200 million on a host of top class players this summer.
Highly rated midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho will add both steel and guile to the Reds midfield, while the £67 million signing of Brazil international Alisson seems to have finally addressed their long term goalkeeping issues. The Reds £13.5 million signing from relegated Stoke City Xherdan Shaqiri will strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options, which of course already boasts last seasons top scorer and POTY Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool have proved that they are a match for anybody on their day and play some of the most scintillating attacking football in the English top flight. Although now entering his fourth season as Reds boss and having spent over £400 million on players, the time for excuses is over, and it’s time for Jurgen Klopp to deliver.
Man City – 4/6
Pep Guardiola’s Man City won the Premier League in record breaking fashion last season, while in the process playing some of the most impressive attacking football the English top flight has ever seen.
The Citizens pretty much had the League wrapped up by Christmas last time out, in a campaign in which they dropped just 14 points from 38 games, scored over 100 goals and collected a record 100 points.
Bookmakers across the land obviously don’t see Guardiola’s dominance being broken with the Etihad outfit odds on to regain their Premier League crown.
While it seems unlikely that they will run away with the title with as much ease at they did last season, City at their best remain a cut above all the other teams in the Premier League and are rightly strong favourites to triumph again at the end of the upcoming campaign.