Premier League betting returns for the new 2017/18 season and fans who bet on football in the Unibet community are already siding with their favourite teams for the title.
Chelsea are defending champions this season but are not favourites to win the title. That honour goes to Manchester City, who have invested on an entirely new defence this summer to prepare themselves for the new campaign.
City are 2.80 to win the league, with Manchester United second favourites at 4.33. Tottenham may be out at 10.00 but those odds are better than Arsenal and the boys from Liverpool. Can Mauricio Pochettino’s men finally do it this season?
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A strong indicator of who will win the Premier League comes from two things: transfers and European schedule. Tottenham for years were hampered by playing Thursday nights in the Europa League, while Arsenal’s transfer business has not been aggressive enough in recent years to guarantee titles.
The two big spenders this summer have been the Manchester clubs. United have spent €111m on two new players, with others set to arrive before the start of the season. And City have surpassed €150m.
When you look at the two, you can see why City are favourites to win this league. Kyle Walker, Ederson, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy have arrived to secure the back line. And Bernardo Silva’s arrival means manager Pep Guardiola has an exceptional strike force. City may end up have two teams — much like American football — with a defensive unit solely focused on their job and the attack on theirs. The middle men — Fernandinho and Yaya Toure — will be crucial to their success in linking up both ends of the field.
United manager Jose Mourinho has lamented his lack of progress with some signings. Victor Lindelof adds competition in defence but he hasn’t hugely impressed in pre-season. Romelu Lukaku is a great addition up front but arrives with a lot of expectation. Fans who bet on Man Utd will hope Lukaku adds something different and isn't simply a replacement for a certain Swedish striker.
Arsenal and the lads from Liverpool have both broken their club transfer records. But neither side looks like they’ve significantly strengthened. Arsenal, who could still lose Alexis Sanchez before the summer is out, are 12.00 to win the league. They also have to mess around with the Europa League which will not help their cause. The Reds are 13.00 but their defence remains a problem. Both should be overlooked when betting on the football.
As for Tottenham and Chelsea, the former are yet to buy anyone this season. They must also play their home games at Wembley. The stadium proved to be a disastrous home in the Champions League for Spurs last season and the best they can realistically hope for is a top-four finish at 1.75.
Chelsea’s best signing of the summer was Antonio Conte penning a new contract. His tactical nous earned Chelsea the league last season. But now he must balance the league with Europe. Can Chelsea handle both fronts? Alvaro Morata replaces Diego Costa up front and is expected to score at least 25 goals in his debut season in England. Some may say that is too much for the Spain international who spent most of last season on Madrid’s bench.
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Morata is 9.00 to win the golden boot. That is a good price for a great striker, but so much of it depends on how he develops with Chelsea’s attacking midfielders. Eden Hazard, Willian and Cesc Fabregas consistently found Costa last term and the striker benefitted off that service. Morata must be as physical and robust against opposition defenders to gain the service Costa received — and kick the ball in the net!
Harry Kane won the golden boot last season and is 3.75 favourite to do so this term. He has Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to assist him and, crucially, the way Spurs play is with Kane in mind. The England striker continues to improve and is now invaluable to Spurs. He’s a great bet to win the golden boot.
Romelu Lukaku (6.00) scored 25 goals for Everton last season and that is why Manchester United have spent €85m on him this summer. But doubts remain over United’s attack, while manager Mourinho likes his men to shut games down when they’re one or two up. Lukaku likely needs to score in 20 or 21 games this season to get close to the golden boot. He’ll be netting singles more often than not, with Mourinho set on grinding out results.
Sergio Aguero is always there in the Premier League top scorer charts. But this year may be different. Silva’s arrival — and the signing of Gabriel Jesus in January — means Aguero may not start as many games this season as others. City are expected to score plenty this term but those goals will be spread across the team. Aguero is 7.50 to be top scorer but is worth avoiding.