With just a matter of weeks to go now until the start of the new Premier League campaign, it goes without saying that excitement is growing among supporters across the country. The introduction of some of the world’s leading managers into the top flight of English football has undoubtedly raised expectation among many, with last season failing to capture the imagination of supporters due to a lack of quality and drama. Although Claudio Ranieri might argue that he created the best piece of drama in Premier League history, in truth, the season lacked many of the attributes in which we normally associate with a English football season. As far as the top four was concerned, Arsenal dramatically underachieved after the turn of the year, Manchester City failed to reach expectation under the now departed Manuel Pellegrini, and Manchester United and Chelsea were shadows of their former selves. Now, the appointments of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are set to once again ensure that the whole of Europe has an eye on proceedings in England.
With former Barcelona and Bayern boss Guardiola heading to the Etihad with his reputation on the line, big-spending City will ultimately be under significant pressure to succeed following a disappointing fourth place finish from last season. The signings of Ilkay Gundogan and Spanish winger Nolito look like being shrewed business, and with the club certain to continue investing, City are the favourites among the bookmakers to win the title, as seen at Bookies.com.
Meanwhile, on the red side of Manchester, having had sixth months out of the game, Jose Mourinho will be keen to quickly make his mark at Old Trafford. The ‘Special One’ has already made an impression through the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while speculation continues to mount regarding a potential return to the club for Paul Pogba. Should the Frenchman seal a world record transfer back to his former club, United’s odds among bookmakers could well shorten. With some of the biggest free bets being found at Bookies.com, a risk free bet on United winning the title could well prove fruitful.
If they recent European Championships showed us one thing, it was that Antonio Conte is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve. The former Italian manager heads to Stamford Bridge this summer, and with a lack of European football to contend with, will be expected to mount a serious challenge for the title with Chelsea this season. N’Golo Kante’s arrival in West London looks like being one of the signings of the summer, although Bookies.com still show Chelsea as outsiders to lift the Premier League trophy come 2017.