The new soccer season in Europe gets underway next month, so now is a fantastic opportunity to get all your ante-post bets on before the campaign gets underway. All the top clubs in England have been busy in the summer transfer window to improve their squads and we have had the chance to see the Premier League sides in action in numerous pre-season games around the world over the last six weeks.
With so many betting opportunities to choose from, here is a look at the best selections and value available ahead of the new season.
Chelsea go into the 2017/18 campaign as the defending champions and are looking to become the first club since Manchester United in 2009 to successfully retain their title. That stat itself clearly suggests it is difficult to win back-to-back league championships in England.
Antonio Conte arrived in England last season to join the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, some of the biggest names in management and he was able to trump the lot of them. The Italian was not afraid to change his formation mid-season when it was not working. He got the best out of players who had underperformed in the previous campaign, and he was energetic on the touchline. Conte looks to be the kind of manager who does not settle for doing something once. He’ll want to win the Premier League again this season and even improve on his 2016/17 points tally.
The biggest problem Conte and Chelsea have had this summer is Diego Costa. Their leading talisman fell out with the manager and looks to have no future at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea missed out on Romelu Lukaku as the Belgium international opted to move to Manchester United from Everton, but he has since landed Alvaro Morata, who could prove to be a great bit of business. The Real Madrid forward has cost the club in the region of £60m but that could be money well spent if he replaces Costa’s goals. Chelsea can be backed at 4.33 in the Premier League outright betting. That looks to be the best bet as they still look to have the best squad in the league despite the two Manchester clubs spending big in the off-season.
A lot has been talked about regarding the business done by Everton this summer and the Toffees will certainly be much stronger than last season for their acquisitions. Equally though, West Ham are another club who have arguably had a fantastic transfer window so far. The Hammers have surprised everyone with the signings of Javier Hernandez from Bayern Leverkusen and the England number one keeper Joe Hart on a season-long loan deal.
The Hammers were disappointing last season in what was their debut campaign in their new stadium. Slaven Bilic’s side struggled at home as they were unable to replicate the results they picked up at Upton Park. Now they have had that year to get used to their new surroundings and following the signing of some big name players, West Ham look at a good bet at 2.75 to finish in the top half of the table in the 2017/18 campaign.
Hernandez is a player who was a linked with a move back to Manchester United in the summer. It came as a big surprise to the majority in the football world when the news broke out that he was on his way to the London Stadium. The 29-year-old is Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer and has an impressive record at every club he has been at, including Real Madrid and Leverkusen. In his debut season in Germany, he scored 26 goals in 40 appearances for his new club.
West Ham have also benefited by Hart being excluded from Guardiola’s squad at Manchester City. Since his opening day at the club, the Spaniard has not been a fan of the England keeper. Hart was forced to go out on loan at Torino last season. The Hammers have agreed to split the cost of the Englishman’s wages so they are not using up all of their budget to bring in a world class player.
When Harry Kane first broke into the Tottenham first team and scored 21 Premier League goals in his first full campaign, there were many people suggesting he would be a one-season wonder. The England international has since bettered his total each year. Last season he scored 29 Premier League goals in 30 games, which is an impressive record.
It is hard to look past Kane to seal the Golden Boot in the league once again. Barring a serious injury, the Spurs forward will continue to do what he does best and he could hit the 30 goals mark during the 2017/18 campaign. Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez hold the record for the most goals in one season by a player and that could be in danger as Kane is getting better and has probably not reached his peak years yet as a forward.
Spurs’ title bid this season might suffer from the fact that they have to play their home games at Wembley, however, it won’t be enough to stop Kane. Some punters have backed the Tottenham man to become the all-time leading Premier League goalscorer, breaking Shearer’s current record of 260 goals. In order to do that Kane needs to average over 20 goals a season for the next ten years, which he is more than capable of doing if he stays with the North London club.
Swansea have been in the Premier League now for the last six seasons since their promotion from the Championship in 2011. Their 15th-placed finish last season, though, was their worst campaign in the top flight, which suggests the Swans are just starting to struggle as many of the big clubs in the league are outspending them.
The Welsh club could be set to lose their best player this summer, as Gylfi Sigurdsson has been linked with a move to either Everton or Tottenham. The loss of the Iceland international would be a huge blow and as of yet in the transfer window, the Swans have yet to make any big signings which would really improve their squad.
At 9/4 in the relegation betting, Swansea look overpriced to end the season inside the bottom three in what could be a very competitive league as the three clubs who have been promoted from the Championship could all hold their own – especially Newcastle, who will have aspirations to finish in the top half of the table. Burnley and Watford could also both find it tough this season, but the value looks to be with the Swans.
The new Premier League season begins on August 11 when Arsenal open up at home to Leicester on Friday night football, while the rest of the clubs are in action across the Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.