The 2015-16 English Premier League was the strangest in recent memory. No one expected a one-two finish from Leicester City and Tottenham, but it sure looks like that’s what we’re going to get.
Will normalcy return next season? Will traditional powers Manchester City and Chelsea return to the top under new management? Or are the Foxes here to stay?
Get the first look at the odds for the 2016-17 EPL title, below:
2016-17 EPL Title Futures
Manchester City: 5/4
When City hit a rough patch in the 2015-16 English Premier League season, management found a new place to spend money: coach. The team has lured current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola and his unique style to Manchester for next season. Expect Guardiola’s offensive wizardry to mesh nicely with City’s potent personnel and for the Sky Blues to be a force.
“What’s wrong with Chelsea?” was the question on everyone’s lips at the start of the season. Things improved moderately when manager Jose Mourinho was replaced by Guus Hiddink, but the team is still limping to the finish line with a high-priced roster. Antonio Conte will be at the reins next year. The Italian has had tremendous success with Juventus in Serie A, but the EPL is a different beast.
Conte will be hoping his new squad finds a new striker in the offseason. Chelsea have struggled to find a consistent scoring threat since Diego Costa joined the club two years ago.
Arsenal have never reached the pinnacle under manager Arsene Wenger, but the front office is not ready to move on. They’re headed for a top-five finish this year and were in the title race for most of the season, but they’ve never shown the consistency necessary to win it all. If you’re betting Arsenal to win their first Premier League title since 2004, make sure you say your goodbyes to your greenbacks first.
Manchester United: 7/1
United are in an unusual place as a club. They have some great young players with bright futures, but they don’t have the manager to foster their potential. The defensive minded Louis Van Gaal has the team averaging just 1.2 goals per game. If it wasn’t for his extensive resume, he would have been fired already.
The new rumors are that Mourinho will be coaching at Old Trafford next season; Mourinho has said he would be delighted to go to United, but his defensive style doesn’t look like any better fit than Van Gaal.
If the Spurs can retain their current roster, they are in for a long run of success in the EPL. But that’s a massive “if.” Their pockets aren’t as deep as the other teams on this list. They also need to keep coach Mauricio Pochettino, as well, or the entire project could be compromised.
- Liverpool: 9/1
- Leicester City: 33/1
- Everton: 66/1
- Southampton: 100/1
- West Ham: 100/1
- Stoke City: 250/1
- Swansea: 750/1
- Watford: 1500/1
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