Who will be crowned champions of the 2016/17 Premier League?

 

With the Premier League season having now entered its second half, we have a far clearer picture of the teams that can mount a realistic bid for the title. Things are building up to the most exciting part of the season and many fans like to up those excitement levels even further by placing bets on the action as well as watching it. For these fans, this article will examine a few of the title contenders.

 

Having endured a miserable 2015/16 season where they lost their title to Leicester City and were forced to Jose Mourinho, this is proving to be a far happier campaign for Chelsea. The team has adapted quickly to the methods of new manager Antonio Conte and sits on top of the table with a seven-point lead over second placed Liverpool. However, the fact that both the reds and third placed Tottenham have beaten them shows that they aren’t unassailable and they will be worried about the effect that striker Diego Costa’s desire for a move to China could have on the chemistry of the team. Bookies rate them 4/7 to regain their crown though, and they are definitely the favourites. Just behind them in the odds are Liverpool, on 13/2, which shows how quickly they have progressed under manager Jurgen Klopp, after last season’s seventh placed finish. Klopp has galvanised players who were underachieving – notably Adam Lallana – and made the odd astute signing, with Sadio Mane proving particularly effective. There are still some question marks over whether Liverpool have the depth of quality needed to win the title, and they have stuttered a little since the turn of the year – but they are clearly right in the hunt for a first league title since 1990. You have to go back to 1961 for the last time that Tottenham won the league, but their impressive win over Chelsea at the start of the year proved that they are serious contenders in 2016/17. Last season was successful for them, in that they qualified for the Champions League, but still disappointing as their unexpected title challenge faltered in the last few weeks of the season. This leaves psychological question marks over whether they are resilient enough to produce results when the pressure is really on, but 15/2 odds show the bookmakers take them seriously.

 

Arsenal have slipped back to fourth after a patchy festive season and their title odds are 12/1 now. Their weaknesses were once again exposed in the games against Everton and Bournemouth, suggesting that they may have to settle for the top four – following the second place finish last season. Finally, Manchester City started the season like a train and were hot favourites back in October, but the wheels have come off for Pep Guardiola – culminating in a humiliating 0-4 thrashing at Everton. The bookmakers have them on 16/1 but Guardiola has written off their chances and Champions League qualification, as with last season, appears the aim now. With all these sides in the mix it is hard to say who will emerge on top, but betting on the football slot Soccer Safari at your preferred mobile casino means you can wait a while longer before choosing.

 

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Sources:

 

  1. https://www.premierleague.com/tables

 

  1. http://www.skysports.com/football/tottenham-vs-chelsea/356532

 

  1. http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/premier-league/winner