EPL Futures: Checking It Out from Bottom (Watford) to Top (Man City)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018 9:09 PM UTC

With exciting new signings and big goals at both ends of the table, which sides will come out on top and which will end up bottom in the English Premier League? Let's take a look at the futures.

<p>Once again the English Premier League is shaping up to be an exciting season. Clubs are spending big in an effort to retain or recapture European spots, and newly promoted clubs are coming up with wildly different expectations and also ways of reaching them.</p><p>There’s also the inevitable sack race with at least one high-profile manager seemingly doing his best to win that one.</p><p>Let’s start at the bottom.</p><p>The 3 current favorites for relegation according to <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a> are Cardiff (-152), Huddersfield (+110) and Fulham (+200). Cardiff is definitely one of the sides I expect to be in the relegation zone at the end of the season. Neil Warnock is a promotion specialist but his luck in the English Premier League has not been particularly good, and his buying for this season seems to indicate a season of gradual growth with an eye on an expected Championship (England’s second league) in 2019-20. So far, they have brought in Alex Smithies from QPR, Greg Cunningham from Preston North End and two "big" signings in the shape of Bobby Reid ($13.28m from Bristol City) and Josh Murphy ($13.34m from Nortwich City). They’re linked to players like Grujic from Liverpool (on loan), Cameron Jerome and Troy Deeney, none of whom are going to be the kind of players that pull your fat out of the fryer!</p><p>Fulham has been a bit more sensible and look to follow up their purchases with Alfie Mawson. They’re spending good money and are under relatively sensible management so I think they’ve got a chance of escaping the drop. The same goes for Huddersfield, who surprised many last season.</p><p>Personally, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">I’m expecting Watford to struggle</a>. Their ownership's policy of chopping and changing managers is going to bite them at some point and this seems like a good season for that to happen.</p><p>Let’s move up to the "happier" end of the league.</p><p>Most clubs are spending a lot of money this close season to bolster their squads. Liverpool has led the way with a splurge on a goalkeeper (much needed) in the shape of Allisson, 2 midfielders in Fabinho and Naby Keïta and a right winger from Stoke (Xherdan Shaqiri). There are going to have to be some outgoings to balance up a fairly weighty squad, and bringing in pricey players is not always the key to success. But with last season’s top scorer still in place, this teams looks like it could improve on last season's fourth-place finish.</p><p>Chelsea is spending big to get back among the big boys and with a new manager in charge, it’s all change at the Bridge. This could go well or blow up in their faces.</p><p>Talking of things blowing up, what on earth is going on with Manchester United? Jose Mourinho seems determined to fall out with his players, Anthony Martial being the latest and slamming a player who has only just seen the birth of his latest child is not likely to garner much sympathy among his team. Mourinho does this, he builds up an "us against them" mentality and it often works, but right now he just seems to be creating a rift between himself and his own charges.</p><p>Arsenal is another club spending money and they seem to be concentrating on making themselves harder to beat. Unai Emery joins with a good record but this is a big job and I wouldn’t put any money on them to break the top 4 this season.</p><p>Tottenham had a good, young, talented squad last season and they look to be starting 2018-19 with the same players as, so far, they are yet to bring anyone in. That could be a masterstroke as they will have a settled side and players that know how everything works, or it could be a massive oversight. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the former.</p><p>Of all of the contenders to win the league, Manchester City once again seems the most likely. I picked them out last season and now that Pep Guardiola seems to have this league figured out, I’m going for them again. Guardiola has a history of racking up trophy wins and with just a few additions to an already talented squad, I think they’ll do it again. You’ll have to wait quite along time for your money if you do back them though, and the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/english-premier-league/" title="Live EPL Odds">returns aren’t great at odds of -152 with Bet365</a>.</p><p>This isn’t really a market to find value so I’m concentrating at the bottom end of the market and going for Watford to be relegated at +200 with Bet365.</p><p>Enjoy the season and your bets, but marshal your resources carefully. There’s plenty of time to make money in the season and it’s the result at the end that counts, much like the league title.</p>
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