With the last post season international out of the way, the players are off on holiday for a few weeks and the money men are getting to work sorting out transfers. We have already seen some movement but which teams are best prepared for a title challenge in 2017/18?
With some early ambitious moves, it would be churlish to leave Everton out of this discussion. I think the problem for them will be players leaving, not those coming in. Barkley and Lukaku are those that could be on the move this summer and that makes the bookies odds of 151 about right. Not worth a bet IMO.
Arsenal have dropped way out of the picture when talking about the title and perhaps that’s a little unfair, they had a good team last season, probably the most balanced side they’ve had in a long time but still, something didn’t seem right. Arsene Wenger has kept his job for another season and it looks like he’s already got 2 signings in the bag. They won’t make a major difference though and the club’s major players (Sanchez and Özil) will take some persuading to stick around. I thought they would do better last season but even the odds of 13 from bet365 don’t tempt me to back them this time round.
Liverpool have odds of 13 (bet365) for them to be sitting at the top of the table next May and although I think this side is heading in the right direction, I think they need to sort their defence out before we can get too excited about them.
Bet365 are offering odds of 10 for Tottenham to be next season’s title winners and those are quite generous for a side that finished third in 2015/16 & second last time out. Spurs will do some transfer trading this summer but no major work is needed. This is the only set of odds that actually par any kind of value.
Last season’s Champions are only the third favorites to repeat the feat. Chelsea were worthy winners last season and it’s only their participation in the Champions League that night hold them back this time. Costa is on his way out and a couple of expensive signings will surely be coming in but 4.33 with Bet365 isn’t terrible.
Second favorites Manchester United are being given too much credit in my opinion. A lot of money needs to be spent on this team to make them Champions and I’m not sure Mourinho is going to target the kind of players that are badly needed. Goals look to be the problem now and unless United can bring in someone that gives them a real edge up front, I think they will struggle to make it into the top 4.
And that leaves us with Manchester City. The team from the blue half of Manchester has already committed to investing big once again this summer but there is definitely some reasoning behind the spending. I expect them to buy 2-3 more players this summer and then they will be ready for a title challenge. At odds of 3 with BetVictor, it would be difficult to claim there is any value but this is the “team most likely” in my opinion. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing a full season from Gabriel Jesus who found be the most exciting player in the Premier League right now.