The 2017-2018 English Premier League season is close and it looks poised to be another interesting campaign with the addition of some quality players. Chelsea are the defending champions and have made some noteworthy adjustments as they look to retain their title and make an impact in the Champions League. They are not the only team that has made improvements, and the title race should be closer. Lets take a look at the most favored teams and how they are expected to perform.
The defending champions flourished under new manager Antonio Conte. The Italian got Chelsea to an early point lead in the table and managed to keep them far apart from their competition. Chelsea signed striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, which means the likely departure of striker Diego Costa, but Conte feels his new signing will be stronger and a better presence in the dressing room. Oddsmakers surprisingly do not have them as the favorites to win the league. They are currently listed at +300 odds to win the EPL title. Perhaps their European competition will be enough to derail their domestic campaign. You can follow the odds for Chelsae and other relevant teams through licensed and regulated offshore sportsbooks.
Manager Pep Guardiola is under serious pressure in his sophomore season with the club. They were knocked out of the Champions League by AS Monaco, but Guardiola has managed to sign one of their best players, Benjamin Mendy. He also shored up their defense with Spurs defender Kyle Walker. The new signings make Manchester City’s backline the most expensive in world football. Striker Sergio Aguero and midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva will likely continue their dominant performances, but supporters are hoping the new signings will be enough to advance the team farther into the Champions League. Goalkeeper Ederson will replace the struggling Claudio Bravo, which may come as welcome news to most fans. City’s odds of winning the EPL title are listed at +165, making them the favorite. The odds are the same wether you are betting on soccer from the US or betting from the UK.
Jose Mourinho continues the trend of managers hoping to improve in their sophomore seasons. The Portuguese has been frustrated in the transfer market, as United have not made all the signings they wanted to before reentering the Champions League. They managed to sign defender Eric Lindelof, who should help with their defensive woes. New striker Romelu Lukaku will replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but came at a very expensive price. There are rumors that Ibrahimovic will make a return to the team, which would affect their odds to win the title, but that will not be confirmed until at least January. United need another play maker in the midfield and a holding midfield player if they want to be serious contenders. Right now, they are listed at +330 odds to win the title.
Spurs fans have enjoyed seeing their team make a meteoric rise to prominence over the past few seasons. Tottenham finished second last season and will likely give the top four a run for their money. Striker Harry Kane will score 20+ goals yet again, and midfielders Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen will continue being one of the best combos in the league. They lost wingback Kyle Walker to Manchester City, but Tottenham’s chemistry and depth should make up for the loss. Manager Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t made any significant additions to his squad, as he believes he has the players he needs to win the title. Their recent performances support his claim. Oddsmakers have the Spurs at +700 odds to win the title.