Manchester United favored to capture Premier League title in 2018

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
BETCRIS Soccer Premier League  Manchester United odds

Arsenal kicked off the 2017-18 season in style with a win in the Community Shield against Chelsea. That said, neither the FA Cup winner nor the defending champion of the Premier League are the favorites to win it all this year. Manchester City might be coming off of a disappointing third place finish in the EPL last season, but Pep Guardiola's clubs don't stay down for long, and this year figures to be a rebound at the Etihad.

Odds To Win the Premier League

Manchester City +180

Chelsea +300

Manchester United +300

Tottenham +800

Arsenal +1000

Liverpool +1000

Barring another Leicester-esque run, these are the only six teams who really have a shot at top four finishes this year, and we'd bet good money that these six will encompass at least five of the top six slots.

City has gone on a spending spree in the offseason, bringing in Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Danilo and Douglas Luiz to help round out this team. Is more on the way? Guardiola continues to allude to the fact that Kylian Mbappe and Gareth Bale could be on their way to the Etihad, and either transfer would make this team flat out frightening and would immediately cement it is the odds-on choice.

Chelsea had just about everything go right last season when it won a record 30 matches in the Premier League, but this year doesn't feel quite the same. The Blues are weak at the back and badly need another defensemen to add to the bunch. Plus, we're not sure that Alvaro Morata is really the answer for the lone striker spot at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, Manchester United feels like the better team of the two. Jose Mourinho's side also went on a spending binge in the offseason. The biggest signee, Romelu Lukaku, brings one of the truly elite finishers in all of England to Old Trafford. Paired with Marcus Rashford, Lukaku could have a fantastic season, albeit one with fewer goals than he was used to scoring as the alpha at Everton.

Odds To Get Relegated to Championship

Huddersfield Town -175

Brighton +120

Burnley +125

Watford +150

Swansea City +225

Newcastle +350

Crystal Palace +450

Bournemouth +600

West Brom +600

Stoke City +700

West Ham +900

Leicester City +1400

Southampton +2500

As is usually the case in England, the battle at the bottom will probably be a lot more interesting than the tussle at the top. Relegation is a serious threat for pretty much every team outside of the top six, as demonstrated by the fact that the spread from eighth place to 18th place last season was a mere 12 points.

The first teams you look at when it comes to relegation are the ones which just came up. Newcastle figures to become a stalwart of the Premier League once again after a brief trip down. The Magpies always kept the look of a top flight team in the second division, and they won the league with ease last year.

Huddersfield and Brighton are far different stories. Neither team is used to life at the top flight, and barring a Bournemouth type of renaissance, we could easily see both struggling to get near 30 points.

As far as that third relegation spot goes, it could literally be anyone. We still aren't sold that Leicester City is a safe bet to stay up, even at a price of 14 to 1. Even with newcomers, Harry Maguire, Vicente Iborra and Wes Morgan coming to the King Power Stadium, there isn't an abundance separating the Foxes from the teams at the bottom. All it takes is Jamie Vardy going off the rails or getting dinged up, and this team becomes a threat for relegation once again even though it's eyed as a top 10 finisher.<

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