Which London club will finish higher next season?
The new Premier League season is being tipped to be one of the most competitive for a number of years, with as many as five teams in with a shout of winning the title.
However while every team essentially plans to do the best they can, there are often other factors which contribute to whether a club has a productive season. This can be something as simple as winning 70 percent of your home games, or scoring over a number of goals. In businesses, especially core sales environments, these are more commonly known as key performance indicators (KPI’s); a list of targets set by management to measure individual and team success, and to monitor development.
In football, one of these objectives, will be to do better than your rivals, whether that is to beat them at every opportunity or finish higher in the league. Next season, London will have as many as six teams all competing for bragging rights in the nation’s capital, and Coral offer odds on which one will finish the campaign in the highest Premier League position.
The west London club will not only want to be the top team in the city, but also the country. Odds-on at 8/15 to finish higher than the five other clubs, as they did last term, boss Jose Mourinho will attempt to do so having added striker Diego Costa, former Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas, and left back Filipe Luis to his squad.
Second favourites at 15/8 in the same market, Arsene Wenger has dramatically improved the Gunners ranks for next term. Attacker Alexis Sanchez adds quality in the final third, and is devastating on the counter-attack, while Mathieu Debuchy is more than capable of stepping into former player Bacary Sagna’s shoes at right back. The Gunners could yet recruit further personnel, and like Chelsea, will be targeting the Premier League title.
At 9/1, Spurs’ price could yet drop if they add more quality to the squad. New boss Mauricio Pochettino is assembling wisely, having signed Ben Davies and Michel Vorm from Swansea, as well as England Under-21 centre back Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon. Morgan Schneiderline and Jay Rodriguez are understood to be targets, with Pochettino keen to bring the duo that he managed at Southampton to White Hart Lane.
Sam Allardyce has been adventurous by his standards in the transfer window this summer, signing an array of attacking talent, that includes Ecuador World Cup star Enner Valencia, and Argentine playmaker Mauro Zarate. They are 1000/1 to finish as the highest London team.
Tony Pulis works miracles. In order for the Eagles to finish as the highest placed London team, he will most likely have to win the Premier League. In which case, his status becomes that of a messiah. They are 2500/1 to do so, and although he steered Palace from the bottom of the league when he took over in November to 11th place by the end of the season, it is unlikely he will topple Chelsea or Arsenal.
Harry Redknapp led Spurs to fourth place in 2009, and no other manager has achieved that since. On that stat alone, it is perhaps enough to convince people that he can keep the team in the Premier League, however at 2500/1 to finish as the highest London club, it is perhaps a mission too far.