Last season was one of the biggest in terms of surprises. Leicester City surprised even their own supporters – not to speak of the odds – to make a mockery of predictions and win the title. There will be huge pressure on Claudio Ranieri to do an encore but it looks highly unlikely. The odds market too believes the same and at 33/1 with William Hill they are a long shot to be crowned Champions. But, didn’t we say the same thing last year?
The arrival of Pep Guardiola and a clutch of known names – John Stones and Leroy Sane – has put Manchester City back in the race for the title. If anything, Pep will bring that intensity and edge with his attitude in what promises to be a tight race for the title. The odds market put City at 5/2 (William Hill) but don’t be surprised if Guardiola continues his winning tradition in England.
It is rare for Manchester United to be not counted as contenders but the scars of Louis Van Gaal era are still fresh. The arrival of Jose Mourinho has added the right spice to Old Trafford which is buoyed by the captures of some exciting names. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is going to be a huge presence in the forward line for them but it all depends on how the new recruits combine forces. And then there’s the Paul Pogba factor. The odds market though puts United as a huge favorite for the title at odds of 3/1 (William Hill). But, it would be a huge surprise if they do so.
The usual question marks around Arsenal continue to hover which means the odds of 6/1 (William Hill) on them lifting the title looks risky. Chelsea have lost so much ground that new coach Antonio Conte has to do catch up – so they can be safely ruled out of the title race. But keep an eye for Jurgen Klopp who has only domestic action to concentrate and could be a huge threat. They are dark horses to finish in the top four – odds of 11/8 with William Hill.
The presence of super stars and managers makes the Premier League 2016-17 season one of the most anticipated seasons of the recent past. Get ready for all the action!