Premier League Top-4 Finish Odds, Prediction & Preview
We have the latest Premier League Top-4 Finish Odds and Preview as we look forward to an intense battle for the Champions League.
The Premier League 23/24 season arguably promises to be the most exciting season in recent history especially when it comes to the race for Champions League Football.
Champions Manchester City haven’t finished outside the Top-4 since the 09/10 season, but could the hunger be gone after their treble success?
Arsenal will be expected to mount another title charge this year. However, the pressure of taking other competitions more seriously may hinder them. Manchester United fans will want to see more progression from their side while Newcastle will need to repeat the same feat while also having the Champions League to contend with.
Elsewhere, several teams are vying to get back in this season. Liverpool will want to put last season behind them. Chelsea couldn’t possibly be worse? While interesting projects are going on at Tottenham, Brighton and Aston Villa.
Premier League Top-4 Odds
Manchester City – 1/33
This is a certainty surely? Manchester City last finished outside the top 4 in the 2009/10 season under Roberto Mancini. They have won five of the last six League titles and won a historic treble last season.
The club have consolidated the strength of their squad during the off-season despite losing Gundogan to Barcelona, Mahrez to Al-Ahil and Laporte to Al Nassr from their first-team squad. They have been more than aptly replaced by Kovačić from Chelsea, Gvardiol from Leipzig, and Doku from Rennes.
However, they have now lost De Bruyne from injury and Haaland is not guaranteed to stay fit this season. Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether Guardiola can keep them motivated following their treble success.
They may fall off, but not to this degree I feel.
Arsenal – 1/3
Mikel Arteta deserves plaudits for last season bringing them from fifth in the previous year, to a lukewarm title challenge and a second-place finish. Thus Arsenal will return to the Champions League for the first time in seven years this season.
Arsenal strengthened in pre-season, spending roughly £208.6 million (excluding undisclosed figures) on Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice. The only major departure from the first team being Grant Xhaka.
However, with the added pressure of the Champions League, alongside the pressure of potentially not being allowed to abandon cup competitions this could hinder their chances. At 1/3 they represent zero value in my opinion.
Liverpool – 4/6
Liverpool were disappointing last season finishing in fifth place, which ended a run of six straight years in the top four and only the second time Klopp failed to deliver Champions League Football.
In the off-season, they have brought in fresh bodies with Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo coming into the side. However, they’ve lost an experienced core with Milner, Keita, Chamberlain, Henderson and Fabinho and striker Firmino all leaving.
They finished like a stream train last year and were unlikely to miss out on Champions League Football, but it remains to be seen whether they have replaced their bodies sufficiently to be sure things to return to the Champions League places this season.
A team to watch.
Manchester United – 11/10
Manchester United returned to the Champions League place last season with Ten Hag guiding them to a third-place finish in his first season at the club. This meant the club has now been in the top four in three of the past four years.
During the off-season so far Manchester United have brought in quality following the additions of Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Højlund. However, the club certainly need more. Whether that happens depends on whether they can offload the likes of Maguire, van de Beek and Henderson.
More will be expected of this Manchester United side this season whether that be fair or not expectations from the media and fans will be higher. Their top-four credentials or beyond could boil down to the remaining few days in the Transfer Window
Newcastle – 11/10
Coming into the season on an upward trajectory, qualifying for the Champions League under Eddie Howe qualification taking them from 11th place in the previous to an impressive fourth-place finish last season.
They have made some solid signings during the summer, with Tonali coming straight into the starting line-up after signing from AC Milan for £55,000,000. Elsewhere the additions of n Barnes, Livramento, and Minteh along with the loan signings of Lewis Hall making their squad stronger for the Champions League. Although the loss of Allan Saint-Maximin to Al-Ahli for £23,000,000 will be a loss.
Newcastle have certainly strengthened their squad during the off-season, but it remains to be seen whether that will be sufficient for the club to balance the Premier League with Champions League. Especially, the other teams have strengthened around them.
Chelsea – 5/1
They had a horrible 22/23 season 12th in the bottom half of the table for the first time since the 95/96 season when managed by Glenn Hoddle. Thus, the club went through four managers. But Mauricio Pochettino could be the man to steer their fortunes this season.
Pochettino inherited an extremely large squad and despite seeing seventeen players go out the door for this season. They’ve brought in a further six signings for over £200 million making it over £800 million in the last two seasons and counting!
Expectations levels at Chelsea will be high this season, and rightfully so given the amount of money being invested. However, it remains to be seen how much stronger they will be after a 1-1 draw against Liverpool and a 3-1 defeat against West Ham.
Elsewhere, despite the loss of Harry Kane, Ange Postecoglou looks to be building something at the club. Tottenham drew 2-2 with Brentford and beat Manchester United 2-0 and are now 10/3.
Brighton had a superb 22/23 season shocking everyone and finishing in sixth place. Despite the losses of the likes of Mac Allister and Caicedo the Brighton steam train is rolling on. With six points from their opening two games they can also be gotten at 10/3.
Finally, Unai Emery has done a fantastic job since coming in at Aston Villa with them finishing seventh last year. They recruited well with additions like Torres, Tielemans and Diaby and could shock a few at 15/2.
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