The 2017-18 season of the English Premier League will commence in a couple of months so it’s time to look at the best and worst soccer betting odds for the 20 teams that will be vying for the trophy.
Chelsea FC +345
The Blues won their fifth EPL – and sixth English – championship with two games to spare, and in the process of doing so they matched league records for consecutive wins in a season (13) and home and away wins against different teams, broke the record for number of wins in a season (30), and posted the second-highest points tally in the history of the league (93). The 2017-18 season will Chelsea’s first in 22 years without Captain John Terry who led the team to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League.
Being the previous season’s champion does not guarantee continued success, something which fans who bet on soccer saw Leicester City exemplify. The Foxes finished the 2016-17 campaign in 12th place with 45 points, far away from qualification to even the Europa League. So rude was the awakening that it cost beloved manager Claudio Ranieri his job, and he was replaced with Craig Shakespeare. How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless employer! to paraphrase Craig’s namesake William.
Manchester City +200
Chelsea might have pretty good shot at repeating, but it’s the City that has the best soccer betting odds to win the 2017-18 English Premier League. The Citizens finished 3rd last season behind Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Backup goalie Willy Caballero left the team at the end of the season, and manager Josep Guardiola has brought in Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica to compete for the position with Claudio Bravo. The City paid £35 million (€40 million) for Ederson, making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time after Gianluigi Buffon.
Gunners’ fans who bet on soccer must not very pleased at the thought that Arsene Wenger will remain with the club until at least 2019 – though Arsenal did win its 13th FA Cup, becoming the most winning team in the history of that tournament. However, the FA Cup is not the Premier League, and last campaign represented the most recent letdown in a 13-season EPL championship drought.
Arsenal’s drought is of course nothing compared to that of Tottenham, who won their fourth and last English championship in 1951. Nonetheless, the Spurs have been increasingly coming closer to their first Premier League title – finishing in the top 5 ten times in the last 12 seasons, including 3rd in 2015-16 and 2nd last season (the latter during which they went undefeated at home for the first time since 1964-65).
Huddersfield Town A.F.C. +65200
The Terries will be making their EPL debut this upcoming season, and as a newly promoted club the soccer betting odds are literally and figuratively stacked against them. Newcastle United and Brighton will join Huddersfield as the new lads on the block.