Premier League Top Four Odds, Betting Tips and Predictions

Martin Green

Friday, August 9, 2019 12:03 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 12:03 PM UTC

Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs splashed the cash this summer...
<div><div><div><div id=":ow"><div id=":ov"><div dir="ltr"><p>Bookmakers have shifted the odds on Premier League teams securing a top four finish in 2019/20 after a frenetic summer transfer window ended yesterday. Arsenal spent much of the summer pleading poverty, but they ended up outspending every other team in the league. Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Dani Ceballos have arrived to bolster Unai Emery’s squad and the Gunners will now launch a concerted bid to break back into the top four.</p><p>Man Utd failed to strengthen in midfield, but they spent £130 million on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. That should strengthen a defence that proved extremely leaky last season, while young winger Daniel James also joined, but fans are calling for chief executive Ed Woodward’s head after he failed to bring in any new midfielders and sold Romelu Lukaku without securing a replacement.</p><h2>Tottenham Loosen the Purse Strings</h2><p>Spurs finally whipped out the chequebook after two windows of total inactivity in the transfer market. Tanguy Ndombele arrived on a £54 million deal to replace Mousa Dembele, Ryan Sessegnon joined from Fulham and the club also loaned Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis. Playmaker Christian Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, but they sold Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid and that could leave them light down the right flank.</p><p>While all their top four rivals strengthened, it was a quiet summer for Chelsea. The Blues were hit with a two-window transfer ban for breaching rules when signing young players. That left them unable to sign a replacement for Eden Hazard, who moved to Real Madrid in a deal that could rise to £150 million. The only new arrival at Stamford Bridge is Christian Pulisic, who agreed to move to west London from Borussia Dortmund before the ban was announced. Frank Lampard has replaced Maurizio Sarri in the dugout, and he will be forced to turn to young players like Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount to plug the holes in his team.</p><h2>Premier League Top Four Betting Odds</h2><p>The upshot is that Tottenham are now the 1.50 (1/2) favourites with Bet365 to secure a top four finish. Man City and Liverpool are widely expected to seize two of the spots, and the odds on them finishing in the top four (1.01 and 1.06 respectively) are not worth bothering with. Bet365 makes Man Utd 2.10 (11/10) to finish in the top four, with Arsenal now at 2.25 (9/4) and Chelsea at 2.37 (11/8). Some bookmakers will even go to 2.88 (15/8) on the Blues making the top four.</p><p>The real value lies in deciding which of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd will seize that coveted Champions League berth. Hazard directly contributed to more Premier League goals than any other player last season and he will be a huge miss. Lampard will be a popular manager and he has some excellent young talent at his disposal, but it is easy to see Chelsea going backwards this season.</p><h2>Can Maguire Rescue Man Utd?</h2><p>Man Utd finished sixth last season, and fans are distinctly underwhelmed by their transfer business this summer. Many feel Maguire is overrated, and they are concerned about the lack of midfield options. A disenfranchised Paul Pogba will run the engine room, but the options to slot in alongside him – Scott McTominay and an ageing Nemanja Matic – are underwhelming. Lukaku’s sale leaves Marcus Rashford as the only senior striker in the squad, and they could be in trouble if he gets injured. Alexis Sanchez is not great at leading the line, and Mason Greenwood is very much an unproven quality.</p><p>Could this finally be the year that Arsenal break back into the top four? The Gunners are liable to leak goals once again this season, but they have just conducted their finest transfer window in more than a decade. They should be positively lethal in attack. They already boasted an embarrassment of riches in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, and the pace and finishing ability of Pepe will add to the threat they pose on the break. Ceballos looks like a magnificent talent, Lucas Torreira should be better adapted to the Premier League now and Luiz will provide some leadership in the dressing room. Betfred has 2.38 (11/8) on Arsenal finishing in the top four this season, and that looks tempting.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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