The English Premier League is back. Yes, after a summer season of World Cup soccer, it's time for lots more soccer. On Thursday, the transfer window closed with no significant last-minute offers.
Manchester is blue! Pep Guardiola's Man City will start the brand-new EPL season as a big favorite, in spite of having more players returning from the World Cup than a lot of teams. (Image: City Watch) On Friday, Man United will be intending to do business on the pitch versus shock 2016 winner Leicester City. Leicester was 5,000/ 1 to win the EPL that year and its success stunned the world and made bookmakers look really silly.
If you believe the Foxes can do it once again, you can have them at 300/1. Be alerted, however, that they're even more likely to be relegated, in accordance with the online bookies.
However that was the case in the 2015/16 season too, so you never know for sure.
The fact is, in regards to a straight-out winner this season, it's tough to look beyond Man City, a team that won 32 of the 38 games it played last season– an EPL record. Other records consisted of most points collected, most goals scored and the greatest ever successive winning run, of 18.
Can Arsenal Upset City?
City is the shortest odds there has actually ever been for Premier League title, with chances of 4/6. The bookmakers prefer Liverpool for 2nd, followed by Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal.
Which bring us to the standout game of the weekend, with Arsenal facing Man City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Much has been made from the effect that the World Cup will have on the leading groups, and with City having more World Cup players returning late than a lot of teams, could there be a possibility for Arsenal to manage an upset here?.
The Gunners are starting a brand-new chapter without Arsene Wenger, the group's dedicated supervisor of 22 years, and new-guy Unai Emery has signed new players to fortify the infamously leaking defense, consisting of the Uruguayan defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira.
Kane Edges Salah for Top Scorer
Arsenal appeared like a powerful assaulting force pre-season, however the old protective frailties were still obvious. City's World Cup stars might not all be totally match fit, having just recently returned from a prolonged break, however the bookmakers think they will be excessive for Emery's guys.
Arsenal is still a team in development, and it's an EPL baptism of fire for the brand-new coach, with City evens for the away win and Arsenal 3/1 versus managing the upset.
Bookies might think the league winner is an inescapable conclusion however for those of you who like a season-long bet, there are a host of other proposals. How about leading scorer? Harry Kane is the present preferred choice, at 5/2, with Mo Salah breathing down his neck at 5/1.
You can likewise bank on relegation, and newcomers Cardiff City has the suspicious honor of being the bookmakers' clear choice, at 4/6.
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