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Manchester City have already been active in the transfer market and Pep Guardiola’s side have been installed as early favourites to win the Premier League title.

Stan James go 9/4 about the Citizens becoming champions after the signing of Bernardo Silva and it also appears that Sergio Aguero will remain at the club despite the manager’s preference for Gabriel Jesus.

City were some way behind Chelsea last season and some will feel that the 7/2 (Paddy Power) about the champions is a big price considering they won the title at a relative canter following a shaky start to the campaign.

The Blues were close to 20/1 after defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal although their odds were soon slashed after a winning run which catapulted them into contention. At present, no player has left the title-winning squad although Chelsea were outplayed by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

Manchester United are second favourites with some firms and they clearly have money to spend, with William Hill offering 7/2 about the Red Devils getting it right during Jose Mourinho’s second season in charge.

There are rumours suggesting that Antoine Griezmann and James Rodriguez could arrive in the summer, although United have plenty of ground to make up on the five teams that finished ahead of them.

Tottenham Hotspur are possibly the most eye-catching price at odds of 8/1 (Sky Bet) and the slight issue is that Spurs will be playing all their home games at Wembley next season rather than White Hart Lane.

Even so, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have finished third and then second in the top flight, with the title very much the aim and Harry Kane now confirmed as the division’s sharpest shooter.

Liverpool are fifth favourites at 12/1 (bet365) although the Reds are as short as 9/1 in some places and much depends on how much Jurgen Klopp strengthens his defence, while a prolific striker would also help the team enormously.

Arsenal are the other side that could potentially feature in a title race and the Gunners are a 12/1 poke with Stan James to build on that FA Cup triumph and claim the Premier League crown next term.

Arsene Wenger is to remain at the Emirates and the Frenchman will be encouraged by the way his side beat Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley.

Top Four Betting
Manchester United might have missed out on a top-four spot last season, although the Red Devils are no bigger than 1/2 (bet365) to finish fourth or higher in the Premier League next season.

Jose Mourinho’s side only managed to qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning last season’s Europa League, although it looks likely that Antoine Griezmann will make the switch from Atletico Madrid and that should add some much-needed firepower in attack.

Six into four won’t go and Liverpool are as big as even money (Sky Bet) to qualify for the Champions League again, despite finishing in the top four last season under Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp will hope to have Sadio Mane available to him for the entirety of the season, while Jordan Henderson will also hope to put his injury problems behind him although the defence remains a nagging concern and Liverpool faded away last season after a bright start.

Manchester City are the team regarded the most likely to land a place in the top four, with Bernardo Silva having already been recruited and more new faces to follow at the Etihad Stadium.

Bet365 offer 1/4 that Pep Guardiola’s side finish in the frame, although they’re as short as 1/6 elsewhere, with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero potentially making a lethal pairing in attack.

Tottenham leave White Hart Lane for a year although the bookies still expect them to be among the top four places, with Paddy Power chalking up 8/11 about Spurs keeping their Champions League spot warm.

They will be playing at Wembley during the 2017/18 season although Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked the real deal last season and weren’t too far away from champions Chelsea. Perhaps they’re over-reliant on Harry Kane being available though.

Champions Chelsea are no bigger than 3/10 (Paddy Power) to remain among the places and the Blues would be among most people’s selections to qualify for the Champions League again.

However, there are rumours that Diego Costa might leave Stamford Bridge and perhaps his absence will be felt, while Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal illustrated that this is not an invincible team.

As for the Gunners, it appears as though Arsene Wenger will remain in charge at the Emirates, with the Frenchman signing a two-year deal which will split opinion among supporters.

William Hill offer 11/10 that the London side are among the top four places next term and the fact that they won’t be competing in the Champions League could

Relegation Betting
Huddersfield might still be celebrating their promotion to the Premier League although the layers take a dim view of the Terriers’ chances next season in the top flight.

Sky Bet are the most generous with their 8/13 quote about David Wagner’s side dropping back down to the Championship, although the Yorkshire club are likely to strengthen their squad substantially in a bid to finish seventeenth or higher.

Fellow new boys Brighton are among the favourites to go down, although bet365 make the Seagulls a 6/5 chance and it appears as though the Sussex club have the finances and infrastructure to make a decent fist of remaining a top flight entity.

Strangely, Newcastle United are regarded as bombproof by comparison, with the Magpies as big as 4/1 (William Hill) to be relegated from the Premier League during the 2017/18 season. Rafael Benitez will doubtless be given funds to strengthen the playing squad although the north-east club could still struggle back in the big time.

Burnley finished well clear of danger last season against the odds, although the Clarets are no bigger than 6/4 (BetVictor) to slip back to the Championship next term, with Sean Dyche’s side landing an inordinate number of home wins last season which might not be replicated.

Watford are a 7/4 poke (William Hill) despite the appointment of Marco Silva, with the Portuguese being highly desired after his impressive performance as Hull City manager, although the Hornets squad is among the most ordinary in the Premier League.

Swansea City performed something of a great escape under Paul Clement and they are 23/10 (Paddy Power) to go down, with Gylfi Sigurdsson a key player for the Welsh club, while manager-less Crystal Palace are a 9/2 poke (bet365) and losing Sam Allardyce could put the Eagles back to square one.

West Brom have been punching above their weight for several seasons and BetVictor make the Baggies a 6/1 chance to suffer the drop, although betting against a Tony Pulis side to be relegated has never been a profitable excursion.

Bournemouth are a 7/1 shot (Sky Bet) and perhaps the Cherries could find themselves in a dogfight, while the bookies don’t make Stoke City immune either and bet365 have 7/1 that the Potters are back in the Championship after a long stay in the top flight.

West Ham are a 10/1 poke (Sky Bet) and Slaven Bilic’s card has been marked after a tough season at the London Stadium, with Leicester City a 16/1 shot (William Hill) despite the probable departure of Riyad Mahrez.

Southampton are 28/1 (Sky Bet) and Everton are a 33/1 shot, with the top six unlikely to finish anywhere near the bottom half of the table.

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