It may only seem like yesterday that Manchester City were holding aloft the Premier League trophy but already the days are ticking away as we head towards what is set to be yet another intriguing Premier league campaign.
With the start of a new season comes new optimism and there’s no doubt that a handful of top clubs will be first and foremost plotting their route into Champions League qualification next term.
But who out of the realistic contenders is best placed to secure a top 4 finish next season? Can Ole work is magic at Old Trafford? Can an outsider break up the party? Let’s take a look:
Premier League champions, and pretty much Champions League ever-presents for most of the last decade, it would take a brave man to back against Pep’s men finishing in the top 4 again next term.
Yes, there are a small section of commentators that claim Guardiola’s teams struggle after 3-4 seasons but surely it would take a massive implosion for City to finish outside the Champions League qualification places in the 19/20 season.
Priced at 1/33 to finish in the top four with most bookmakers, that’s about as short as it gets so if you’re a City-backing punter looking for value and profit you may want to avoid backing that and instead check out OddsMonkey reviews at matchedbettingsites.com ahead of the new campaign. There you will find various tools and matched betting strategies that can help you claim a profit each week if you do regularly wager on Guardiola’s men.
So close last season, ultimately finishing just one point behind City, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will be desperate to bring Premier League glory to Anfield sooner rather than later.
Liverpool boast one of the finest squads in the League, and, off the back of that Champions League victory against Spurs, confidence will be sky high as we head into the new season.
A glance at the odds and a 1/12 price suggests they are pretty much dead certs to finish in the top 4 next season: we don’t disagree.
A 3rd place Premier League finish and a run to the final of European football’s biggest competition, last season wasn’t a bad campaign for Spurs at all and Pochettino will be looking to build on that success ahead of the new Premier League season.
With a stunning new stadium, and promises that chairmen Daniel Levy will open his chequebook this summer, Tottenham will be looking to kick on again in the 19/20 campaign and they are priced at 4/6 with most bookmakers to finish in the top 4 again next term.
It’s been a turbulent summer for Chelsea already so far. Sarri has exchanged Stamford Bridge for the allure of Turin and the club have yet to announce a managerial replacement. To add further fuel to the fire, Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo which means they can’t bring in any fresh faces to help them kick on next term.
A look at the odds for Chelsea to finish in the top 4 next season reveals that they are priced at around 11/10 but even that is looking short given the precarious state the Blues find themselves in.
After a promising start to his role as United boss hopes were high for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but it didn’t take long for the cracks to appear. It’s set to be a big summer at Old Trafford as the fan-favourite tries to breathe new life into the club- but it won’t be easy.
Disgruntled players and disgruntled fans are just two issues the Norwegian has to contend with. Yes, they are as short as 11/10 with most bookmakers to secure a top 4 finish next season but just like Chelsea, it will not be easy.
It was a frustrating season last time out for Arsenal and Unai Emery. Yes, there were some positives; a run to the Europa League final shouldn’t be dismissed and on their day the Gunners proved that they were a match for anyone.
However, consistency is key in the pursuit of a top 4 finish and it will take some quality squad editions to justify backing Arsenal at around 6/4 to secure a place amongst the elite next season.
After an impressive first season back in the top- flight, confidence is high at Wolves and boss Nuno has earned plenty of plaudits for the way his side played last term.
They might be outsiders at 11-1 to finish in the top 4 but stranger things have happened in this league and if they can add some quality, building on last season’s 7th-placed finish is not out of the question.