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Premier League: winners & losers

Frank Monkhouse | 16 August 2017

How Coral see the season going

Football lovers are set for one of the most competitive Premier League seasons in living memory. With the major names spending big, as well as Everton splashing the cash in an attempt to gate-crash the party, and English football having five representatives in the Champions League, it really is anyone’s guess who will take the crown.

Will Chelsea do two in-a-row? Will the City millions pay-off? Will Leicester return to the top of the tree? You can back your opinions at Coral. Our traders have priced up the season ahead, covering a range of markets, from outright winner to handicap, top-four finish to relegation. Click here to have your say, or read on as we lead you through the top markets…..

Man City hot favourites

If Coral traders are correct, the top-four will look like this at the conclusion of the coming season: Man City – Man Utd – Chelsea – Tottenham. Agree? It certainly is a bold call to place The Citizens as nailed on favourites. They’ve impressed in pre-season, granted, and have invested heavily in the squad, but that’s a million miles away from winning points away in the Premier League in winter, whilst working through a fixture backlog including Champions League and League Cup ties. Our football team have them at 7/4. Following a 3-0 friendly win over Tottenham in July, manager Pep Guardiola told the press his team are better than last season.

Nearest in the betting is old rivals Manchester United. Jose Mourinho hasn’t yet swooped on the big money transfer he has been chasing all summer. The Special One has been linked to a host of big names, including Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Fans can get 3/1 on them finishing top. Chelsea are another who have failed to capture the imagination so far. It’s been a frustrating window for Antonio Conte, and The Blues are 10/3, while Spurs should struggle with the move to Wembley, doing the rounds at 8/1.

Everton written off for top-four

Arsenal have a season without the distraction of Champions League football. That’ll hit them in the pocket, but surely Wenger has saved them enough cash over the years to take the edge off. Will concentrating on domestic matches lead to The Gunners returning to the top of the league? It’s very unlikely, and the gaffer remains just a few dropped points away from having the crowd jump on his back again. Any new faces arriving at the Emirates will find it a very nervy working environment. 11/1 to win the league but, interestingly, they are 5/6 for a top-four finish, ahead of Liverpool at even money.

Ronald Koeman at Everton wants to force his side into the picture, and they weren’t a million miles away from a Champions League finish last season, so will the most progressive side in the division, and the most active in the summer transfer window, improve a couple of places and land a top-four? It would be a big, big ask of everyone at Goodison, but certainly not impossible. Everton to end in the top-four is an 8/1 play, with a top-six more likely at 2/1.

Market no one wants to lead

Down at the other end of the table, it’s the betting market no side wants to see themselves at the head of – the relegation race. Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield all came up from the Championship last term, and only The Magpies will avoid going straight back down, judging by the early prices. The Terriers are favourites to take the plunge at 8/13, Seagulls next in line at 6/5. Burnley are more than likely to join them at 5/4.

Traders seem to be ignoring first season syndrome, where a promoted side perform above expectations for a year, then settle into their stride next time. Making the three promoted sides safe, that leaves Burnley, Watford and Swansea fit to drop. Huddersfield to stay up is 6/5, Brighton at 8/13.

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