Here is our Premier League 2017/2018 ante post betting tips and season preview. We’ve reviewed each team on an individual basis and offered a number of bets for you to think on. It’s in alphabetical order so have a read. All odds provided are with Bet365.com , as a consistent brand with a solid betting platform, Bet365 are our bookmaker of choice.
Top ante-post picks
- Winner Man City (19/10)
- Jesus top goalscorer (9/1)
- Swansea to be relegated (3/1)
- Southampton Bottom Half finish (8/5)
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
It was a hugely disappointing season for Arsenal fans with many calling for the resignation of Wenger. They are keeping Sanchez and they’ve paired him with Lacazette. The former Lyon striker should add a more focal point to the attack and should allow more space for Sanchez. The signing of Kolasinac could be important and he had a huge impact first up, scoring a crucial goal in the charity shield. The Europa League will be a secondary priority with the Premier League title Wenger’s focus. The squad is solid overall and should contend top four this season. Sanchez or Lacazette could be challengers for the golden boot at 14/1 and 12/1 respectively. With the defensive problems that plagued them last year still in play, Arsenal not to finish top 4 at 10/11 seems a good bet.
Bournemouth didn’t look as good last year when Chelsea recalled Ake but they signed him in summer and that’s a huge boost. They’ve added Defoe to the attack, and the aging striker showed he can still cut it at the top level last season. Josh King was a revelation towards the end of last year and if he can learn from Defoe the future is bright for the youngish striker. They have defensive vulnerabilities but the open, attacking style of play means they will outscore most teams and that positive attitude will likely see them safe this year.
Brighton have been pushing from promotion for a number of years and they’ve finally achieved their goal. The Premier League could be a reality check for them, much like Middlesbrough last season. We expect some of the top teams to thoroughly maul this Brighton side and worry at their lack of firepower in this division. They are big relegation candidates here, but much will depend on how much fighting spirit they can muster, with Bournemouth and Burnley the examples to follow.
Dyche has brought players in over the summer and has improved the squad, but only marginally. The defense will be nowhere near as strong without Keane, and the purchases of Walters and Cork add experience but lack the flair required. Burnley struggled massively away from home and they need to find a way to rectify that this season. They are able to play on the counter at home against the better sides, where the narrow pitch helps limit space, but if they can’t get points on the road, it’s unlikely they will have another miracle season at Turf Moor.
Chelsea will find it hard to defend the title this season. They’ve replaced Costa with Morata which is not a good swap right now. The former striker was possible too tempremental for the Premier League and too wild for Conte but his record showed his quality. Morata will take time to adjust to the Premier League pace and with few viable backup options Chelsea may struggle with the league this season. Hazard starts the campaign with a knock and they may look to focus on the Champions League whilst the other sides focus on the Premier League title. Top 4 will likely be the best Chelsea can muster this season.
Big Sam organised the defence at the end of last season and managed to get the best out of an average bunch of Premier League players. They’ve retained their key attacking assets in Benteke and Zaha but the new manager needs to maintain that defensive solidarity they managed towards the end of the campaign. Goals are likely in this Palace side but if they play too aggressive they may find themselves losing more games than they should be. It’s going to be another tough season, but they should have enough to survive.
Everton have sold their star striker and that’s a huge blow. They look like they will sign Sigurdsson before the season adding much needed creativity in the midfield and have brought in Sandro to replace Lukaku. If the Spanish striker hits the ground running they may have done a shrewd bit of business, picking up two high quality players for one superstar. They may have improved the squad over summer but they can’t match the quality offered by the others in the top 6.
Huddersfield managed just 1 goal in regulation time during the playoffs and that lack of firepower could prove dangerous in the Premier League. They bundled their way to promotion at the end of last season despite playing some good football under Wagner. They’ve consolidated the side over summer, but may lack the quality and financial power to stay in the Premier League. The manager should distract some focus from the players, but they are in for a huge relegation battle this season.
Leicester struggled last season with their focus clearly on Champions League success. The manager will be focusing on the league and will hopefully put together a cup run. The fewer games they play this season the better and top half should be a goal for them. Vardy needs to find his shooting boots and a lot of their success may depend on whether Mahrez stays at the King Power Stadium. They have quality in the side, but are unlikely to have the consistency to challenge anywhere near the top 6.
Mane, Salah, Coutinho and Firmino looks a tantalising combination and they are a side who will score goals, plenty of them. They struggled at the back last season and were often undone by sides of lower quality. They need to cut that complacency out of their game if they are to challenge at the top of the table this season. The league is within reach although they may struggle to maintain that pressure over the whole season. They are good bets for either of the domestic trophies, but their often frail defence will likely limit them from achieving all their goals this season.
The pressure of the money will weigh heavily on Pep this season with another summer of big investment. The Champions League or the Premier League are the only accolades that will highlight a successful season for the blues. With Jesus and Aguero both available they have a huge amount of firepower and they will be ably assisted by De Bruyne, Sane and Silva. Much like Liverpool the problem with City is their defensive frailty and their error proneness. If Kompany can stay fit they have a chance at going all the way this season and they are real title contenders.
Man United have bought well over summer. They’ve replaced Zlatan with Lukaku and have brought in Matic to provide defensive cover. They are still weak at the back with Smalling and Jones the main culprits. They struggled to win at home last season and drew far too many games. With Matic in the holding role and Lukaku more mobile upfront they may be able to secure those goals they were lacking last season. The squad is probably in the best position since Alex Ferguson departed and they may run the title close, but they might not quite be ready yet.
Newcastle had a good championship squad but they’ve not bought well (or at all really) over summer. They have a good manager but the fans will be expecting more than just safety, they will be aiming top half. If Gayle struggles to complete a campaign they may find goals hard to come by in this increasingly competitive division. There are plenty of sides worse than them in this league, but they need to improve the squad or they maybe dragged into a relegation scrap.
Southampton look likely to lose their best players in the summer as appears to be the norm. Van Dijk has handed in the transfer request and he was a stalwart for the bulk of last season. They struggled for goals with 2 injury prone strikers, but the purchase of Gabiadinni looks inspired and he needs to lead the line if they are to have a successful season this year. Pellegrino is a bit of a wildcard and we’re yet to see whether he has what it takes to make it in the Premier League. The top 6 is unobtainable for Southampton with their current levels of investment but top 10 is a realistic goal. With a new manager and constant transfers out, is this the season they begin to decline? probably.
Stoke are a side that people see as Premier League stalwarts but they’ve been going backwards since the departure of Pulis. They’ve brought in some talented players but haven’t been able to make the new style stick. They’ve lost Arnautovic and that’s a huge blow, with him putting in big performances on occasions last season. They’ve brought in some decent players on loan or via free transfer but nothing that exciting. Goals were a huge problem last season and that’s likely to be the case again this year, relegation candidates? possibly but a bottom half finish looks likely.
Swansea will struggle if they sell Sigurdsson. The partnership he formed with Llorente last season was formidable and it’s unlikely they are going to be able to find anybody with sufficient quality to replace him. The aging striker will have to prove himself again this season and they still look frail at the back and light up top. This will be another tough season for Swansea and it may be the end of an era in the Premier League.
Kane, Alli & Eriksen will be looking to continue their good form into this season. They pushed for the title last year but were never really contenders. The side seems to be maturing and their complacency seems less and less frequent. Trippier will look to step into Walkers shoes and looks an able replacement. They will always be threatening but their performances at Wembley last season were disappointing to say the least. Will they be able to keep that pressing style going on a much larger pitch? It’s doubtful and that could be their downfall in the title race this season.
Watford struggled last season and the injury to Pereyra was a huge blow. If they can keep the influential playmaker fit they should be able to score goals. They haven’t invested particularly well this summer and the squad looks rather weak throughout. It looks as though it’s going to be a tough season for the Hornets but will a touch of Premier League experience save them against some of the newly promoted teams? probably.
Pulis always gets the best out of his squad and often surpasses expectations. The signing of Rodriguez could be a shrewd bit of business with the goal scoring potential he offers. The problem has always been his fitness and Pulis will need to keep him off that injury list and on the pitch. The squad is aging and without significant investment in the coming years it’s going to fall apart. The organisation Pulis offers should be enough to keep them save this season, but top half will likely be a bridge too far.
West Ham are a side that have potential but have been unable to capitalise on their assets. Losing Payet was a huge blow and trying to replace him with Snodgrass was a doomed venture. They’ve signed Hart who looks confidence once again but with Carroll injured they are going to rely heavily on Chicharito. They have the potential to be a top 10 side, maybe even putting pressure on the top 7 but can they get that talent onto the pitch.