City favourites to win Premier League title


Bookmakers expect Pep Guardiola’s side to challenge for title, while champions Chelsea are 4.33 (10/3) to retain crown.

The 2016/17 Premier League title race was something of a one-sided affair, with Chelsea romping away at the top of the table and winning with a couple of games to spare.

Antonio Conte will look to strengthen the Blues squad for the 2017/18 campaign and Paddy Power offer odds of 4.33 (10/3)  that Chelsea win consecutive titles. It would also be a third league triumph in the space of four years.

The London side will have to juggle Champions League commitments next season and the same applies to Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites to land the title under the Spaniard.

Bet365 offer 3.25 (9/4) that the Citizens claim the title and Guardiola will certainly add new players to his squad, with City having started the 2016/17 season like a train before tailing off.

Manchester United were some way off the pace last season, although the Red Devils are 4.33 (10/3) with Ladbrokes to improve dramatically and clinch a first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.

Jose Mourinho was full of hard luck stories during his first season at Old Trafford although he will boast the biggest squad of players for the 2017/18 season and perhaps they will play a part in the title race.

Tottenham Hotspur are priced at 9.00 (8/1) with bet365 to go one better than last season and they are clearly a progressive side under Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs are also the only team to have challenged for the title in both of the past two seasons.

However, they will play their home matches at Wembley next term and that could be a distinct disadvantage next season, with recent Champions League matches at the national stadium suggesting Spurs might struggle in their temporary home.

Liverpool are an 11.00 (10/1) shot to win the title under Jurgen Klopp who will welcome back Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane from injury, while the German will hope to retain the services of Philippe Coutinho.

It’s not clear whether Arsene Wenger will remain at Arsenal this summer and the Gunners are 13.00 (12/1) sixth favourites to land the title, with the London side hoping to keep the services of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

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