Premier League Preview: Part One

Premier League Betting and Free Bets
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With so many markets to choose from, here at freebets.ltd.uk we’ll offer tips and odds on just some of the outright markets available via BoyleSports.

The new Premier League season is now less than one week away and bettors everywhere will be scrambling to get those final pre-season outright bets on. With so many markets to choose from, here at freebets.ltd.uk we'll offer tips and odds on just some of the outright markets available via BoyleSports.

Premier League Winners

Last season's treble winners, Manchester City will once again be the team to beat. Pep Guardiola's side have now won five of the past six Premier League titles and are very back-able at 4/6.

City have lost experienced duo Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez this summer as they switched the Etihad for Barcelona and Al-Ahli respectively. Mateo Kovacic has been drafted in as a direct replacement for Gundogan whilst the departure of Mahrez could see Cole Palmer enjoy a breakthrough season. The reigning champions have also made Josko Gvardiol the world's most expensive defender after paying RB Leipzig £90m for the Croatian's services.

Arsenal topped the Premier League table for the majority of last season but fell agonisingly short of a first league title since 2004. Ahead of another title challenge, Mikel Arteta has bolstered his squad with three big-money signings. Declan Rice completed a club-record move from West Ham United whilst Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber have arrived from Chelsea and Ajax respectively. David Raya could be the next player through the doors at Arsenal with the Brentford goalkeeper expected to offer real competition to first-choice keeper, Aaron Ramsdale.

In a blow to the Gunners, Gabriel Jesus will miss the start of the season through injury. However, Arsenal have a fairly modest run of fixtures at the beginning of the season and should not drop too many points without the Brazilian.

Liverpool endured an underwhelming 2022/23 campaign, missing out on Champions League qualification as they limped to a fifth place finish. Jurgen Klopp is undergoing a rebuild at Anfield with several members of their 2019/20 title-winning squad moving on. Brazilians, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho as well as club captain, Jordan Henderson have all swapped the English Premier League for the Saudi Pro League whilst James Milner moved to Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have also moved on which had left Liverpool extremely short of numbers in central midfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold could be deployed in central midfield whilst Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis MacAllister form a new-look midfield. Southampton's Romeo Lavia remains on Liverpool's radar and the Reds will want to add the Belgian to their ranks before the window closes.

Up front, Liverpool have no shortage of options. Darwin Nunez will hope to build on a promising pre-season and will battle it out with Cody Gakpo for the centre forward berth. Mohamed Salah remains a mainstay of the Liverpool frontline whilst Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota will hope to remain injury-free.

Premier League Winners Odds

  • 4/6: Manchester City
  • 5/1: Arsenal
  • 15/2: Liverpool
  • 10/1: Manchester United
  • 12/1: Chelsea
  • 14/1: Newcastle United

Top Four -Champions League Qualification

At 10/1, a title challenge for Manchester United seems unlikely but they are expected to fill one of the top four positions and in doing so, confirming their place in next season's Champions League. Erik ten Hag is currently undergoing a rebuilding job at Old Trafford with plenty of players coming and going during the summer. Long-standing number one, David de Gea has left Manchester United with Inter Milan's Andre Onana the new first-choice goalkeeper. Onana played for Ten Hag at Ajax and is far more capable with the ball at his feet than De Gea.

Mason Mount has strengthened the Manchester United midfield which could mean the likes of Fred and Scott McTominay leave the club. Manchester United have also spent big in attack with Rasmus Hojlund joining from Atalanta in a £75m deal.

Chelsea will surely fare better in the coming season than they did in 2022/23. In the first post-Abramovic campaign, the Blues slumped to a twelfth place finish; their lowest finishing position since 1993/94. Mauricio Pochettino has been brought in as manager whilst there have once again been wholesale personnel changes at Stamford Bridge.

Havertz, Mount and Kovacic have all joined rival Premier League clubs whilst Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy and N'Golo Kante have all joined the Saudi Pro League revolution. In all, Chelsea have raised over £200m in transfer fees this summer. The vast majority has been reinvested in the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson, Robert Sanchez and Axel Disasi.

Chelsea weren't the only one of the Premier League's so-called ‘big six' to endure a rather forgettable campaign last season. Spurs ended the season in eighth place with just 60 points from their 38 matches. Former Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglu is now in charge at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but their season could hinge on their ability to keep hold of record scorer, Harry Kane. The England captain has one year left on his contract and has been heavily linked with a move to German giants, Bayern Munich.

Spurs have snapped up James Maddison from Leicester City whilst Pedro Porro and Dejan Kulusevski have both made their loan moves permanent. Guglielmo Vicario has joined in a £20m deal from Empoli and he's likely to start the season as Spurs' first-choice goalkeeper. Strengthening the defence remains a priority for Spurs so don't be surprised to see more than one new central defender join before the transfer window closes. Spurs look close to completing the signing of Micky Van de Ven and have also been heavily linked with Edmond Tapsoba.

Newcastle United clinched a top four finish last season and will aim to build on a hugely successful campaign. The Magpies' mega-rich owners may not have expected Champions League qualification to be secured quite so soon but they will now be under pressure to back Eddie Howe in the transfer market. Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes have already made the move to the north east but Newcastle United probably need at least two or three more players if they are to compete again in the upcoming season. Tino Livramento is close to signing from Southampton.

This season's surprise package may well be Aston Villa. Since Unai Emery took over at Villa Park, Aston Villa have been on an incredible upward trajectory, aided further by an excellent summer transfer window. Villa ended the 2022/23 campaign in seventh position and moved quickly this summer to acquire the services of Youri Tielemens, Pau Torres and Moussa Diaby. 2024 could prove a breakthrough year for the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Cameron Archer whilst Ollie Watkins could better last season's return of 15 league goals.

Top Four Odds

  • 1/25: Manchester City
  • 4/9: Arsenal, Liverpool
  • 4/6: Manchester United
  • 11/8: Chelsea
  • 6/4: Newcastle United
  • 10/3: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 11/2: Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 8/1: Aston Villa

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