With just over two weeks to go its time to start looking at the Premier League and who are going to be the ones to back to get top four!
The world’s most competitive league kicks off on Saturday 12th September. Now there are seven sides who could make a good case for getting in the top four. Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea were the ones who got their last season, with it going down to the very last game of the season.
You can pretty much guarantee City and Liverpool will get the top four this season. Pep’s side are at 1/80 with Klopp’s at 1/20. Bearing this in mind, we’ll look at the other sides fighting for the top four.
As the old saying goes ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint’, but by the looks of things, everyone is sprinting from the start. But who will have the legs to finish in the top 4 positions?
Chelsea – 2/5
Lampard’s side got the fourth spot last season and will be made up to be back in the Champions Leauge. However, their recent activity in the transfer market has shown this isn’t enough for them and they want more.
They have brought in goalscorer Timo Werner and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech. On top of this, it looks like Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz will all be joining the club this week. These are great signings and ones that will make last seasons fourth-placed side even better.
Their only issue may be the number of games they’ll play in. Frank is yet to win a trophy as a manager and so you’d expect him to go full strength in most games. Could this harm their chances of top four?
Like Chelsea, United got into the top four last season, and they did it on the final day. For a long time, it looked like they would once again miss out but the signing of Bruno Fernandes changed their form around. Since then they were one of the best sides in the league. They will need to bring in some players as everyone around them is strengthening and there are still areas on the pitch they are week.
However, if they play to their potential, avoid losing to beatable teams, it could be a campaign which defines the club for years to come. They need to get top four this season again to show real progression is happening at the club and last season wasn’t just a one off. Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make Old Trafford the fortress it once was under Sir Alex Ferguson? I wouldn’t bet against it.
Tottenham Hotspurs – 16/5
I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Mourinho’s Spurs side pushing for the top four this season. Mourinho always does well in his first full season at a new club as he has shown at Chelsea and Man United. However, they will need to improve on some poor performances last season as well as keeping their main man Harry Kane fit who will be looking for a Golden Boot if so.
Spurs have reinforced their midfield with Hojbjerg from Southampton and have also brought in Joe Hart. Mourinho’s side can be very good on their day, likewise though they can be very poor. For top four, they’ll need to find some consistency!
Arsenal – 10/3
Now into their second season with Arteta in charge, we expect to see a much better Arsenal this season. They shown with performances in the FA Cup how good they can play. The thing they lack though is bottle and a real leader. When things aren’t going their way they can crumble and shown this multiple times in the league last season.
The key to them getting top four is a change in attitude and being more clinical. Many times they let leads slip last season but Arteta is close to bringing in some defensive reinforcements which could hopefully stop this.
Leicester – 9/1
The Foxes looked nailed on to get in the top four last season but a bad run of form after the break let it slip. This was partly down to a huge injury list with key players Chilwell and Maddison missing out. This season though maybe too much for them. They don’t have as much money as everyone else and Chilwell looks to be on his way out/
However, Rodgers knows how to do well on a limited budget and has made his Leicester side a tough one to beat. Considering they missed out by just two points last season, 9/1 could be a great bet for the Foxes to finish in the top four.
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