The 2016/17 English Premier League season saw Chelsea reign supreme and surprise somewhat one season after Leicester City pulled off one of the biggest underdog runs in professional sports as well as sports gambling history.
So who will be the champions of England’s top flight of football this season? Oddsmakers have again tabbed Manchester City favorites with Chelsea the second odds favorite followed by UEFA Europa League Champions Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and then FA Cup-winners Arsenal as the six usual suspects all check in with odds of 12/1 or less while the other 14 clubs in the EPL are all lined at 100/1 to win the 2017/18 Premier League title.
One Of The Same Ole Six Clubs Destined to Win the 2017/18 English Premier League Championship?
The English Premier League is scheduled to unveil its Matchweek 1 fixtures on June 14 and although Eden Hazard and Chelsea just tied some royal blue ribbons around the 22-pound Premier League trophy last month, sportsbooks already have Outrights (Futures) odds posted for the 17 clubs that stayed up in the EPL along with the traditional newcomers, this year Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and English Football League Final winners Huddersfield Town, which needed Penalty Kicks to beat Reading and earn its promotion to the lucrative Premiership after a scoreless 90 minutes and AET and a pair of winning picks we tabbed here for you here last Monday at Sportsbook Review.
But for the Terriers, just staying up in the EPL in what looks like a competitive season will be a test. Oddsmakers give quick-returnees Toon the best odds to stay up out of the promoted sides with the Seagulls of Brighton & Hove Albion currently priced at +120 “To Be Relegated”. Eighteenth-place Hull City (34 points), 19th-place Middlesbrough (28 points) and 20th-place Sunderland (24 points) were all relegated this past season.
2017/18 English Premier League Outrights Odds—(May 31, Intertops)
Manchester City +220
Manchester United 3/1
Tottenham Hotspur 8/1
Leicester City 200/1
West Ham United 350/1
AFC Bournemouth 500/1
Crystal Palace 500/1
Newcastle United 500/1
Stoke City 500/1
Swansea City 500/1
West Bromwich Albion 750/1
Brighton & Hove Albion 1,500/1
Huddersfield Town 1,500/1
So Who Has Best Shot to Win the Premier League Next Season and Who May End Up Getting Relegated?
Many pundits, fans and oddsmakers immediately look northwest to Mancunia and Manchester United and Manchester City each year for a potential champion but the dominance the Red Devils and Sky Blues once displayed both at Home and overall in the league has dissipated some with London and Leicester giving us the last three league winners after a four-year United-City domination. So maybe “L” is the new-age champions city-letter? If so, that could bode well the London clubs and Jamie Vardy and the Foxes and Merseysiders Liverpool? We'll all see next May.
With “The Special One” José Mourinho pulling the strings, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Red Devils are absolutely loaded but this club needs to restore Old Trafford that impenetrable fortress once again (8-10-1 at Home in 2016) and turn that incredibly awkward number of Draws (10) into Wins and three points.
And with star GK David De Gea reportedly turning down a 2-year, £60 deal with Real Madrid—set to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday—on Wednesday, maybe United gets the kind of start it will need to hold off clubs like David Silva and Noisy Neighbors City, Alexis Sánchez and Arsenal (12/1 to win EPL, Intertops) and the team whom we all best keep our eyes on—Tottenham Hotspur (8/1 to win EPL, Intertops), who with Harry Kane, Delle Ali and GK Hugo Lloris have all the key players in the right positions but who will also be playing in Wembley Stadium in London while their new stadium is being built. One team which finds itself priced at the longshot price of 200/1 are 2016 EPL champions Leicester City, who won’t have to deal with the Travel and Time considerations of playing in the UCL this season after Jamie Vardy and the Foxes (16/1 to be Relegated 2018, William Hill) disappointing 12th-place finish (12-8-18, 43 GF-63 GA, 44 points) in 2016/17.2017/18 EPL OUTRIGHTS PICKS: Chelsea 3/1, Tottenham 8/1, Liverpool 10/1 (Intertops)2017/18 EPL RELEGATION PICKS: Huddersfield Town, Burnley & Watford