Premier League 2016-17 : Teams in with a Chance
The Premier League 2015-16 was one hell of a season by anyones measure with Leicester City coming out of nowhere with a fairytale story that turned the game on its head. In anticipation of the 2016-17 season, I’ve up the achievements, history, notable stats, players and short review of their 2015-16 season for teams that I think are in with a shot this year (and yes I’ve included Leicester since they’re last years winner!). Alongside the team I’ve included their currrent betting odds, so you can get in the mood for having a punt of the upcoming season.
Arsenal – Current betting odds: 6-1
Chelsea – Current betting odds: 6-1
Leicester – Current betting odds: 30-1
Liverpool – Current betting odds: 8-1
Manchester City – Current betting odds: 2-1
Manchester United – Current betting odds: 7/2
Tottenham Hotspur – Current betting odds: 9-1
Click on each team for the write up. Let’s hope we have another amazing season ahead of us.
Premier League 2015-16 Top Four
Well what a thrilling season the 2015/2016 Premier League has been. We had one of the most unexpected league winners of all time (if not the most unexpected) with Leicester topping the table with 81 points. At one point they were even available at a staggering 5000-1 to win the league. If ever there was a chance to cash in on a big football bet that was the one. Unfortunately only a lucky few got on it!
Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are perhaps of course more familiar faces in terms of finishes near the top of the table and Manchester United just missed out on goal difference in the end, finishing in fifth place on 66 points.
Between now and next season I’ll be sure to chip in with the occasional post and will be putting out some upates soon detailing teams I feel are in with a shot of winning the 2016-17 premiership title. Stay tuned!
Crystal Palace versus Manchester United, Saturday, May 22
As expected, Manchester United breezed past Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Tuesday to secure fifth place in the Premier League and European football – albeit in the Europa League – next season and are odds-on to beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
The Red Devils needed a replay to beat West Ham United in the sixth round and an injury time winner from Anthony Martial to beat Everton in the semi-final so, while manager Louis van Gaal says he’s confident of being in charge at the start of next season, his side remains largely unconvincing. However, the likes of Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were a class apart when the sides met at Old Trafford in the Premier League last month and it’s hard to see the Eagles escaping with anything better than the 2-0 defeat they suffered on that occasion. United should, once again, be too bright, creative and energetic for Palace, so let’s try Manchester United -2 in the handicap market at 13/2 with Sporting Bet.
Selection: Manchester United -2 (13/2 with Sporting Bet)
Newcastle United versus Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday, May 15
Win, lose or draw, Tottenham are guaranteed to finish at least third in the Premier League and Newcastle could already be relegated, if Sunderland beat Everton on Wednesday, so this fixture could turn out to be something of a non-event. However, the Magpies lacked ambition during the 0-0 draw with relegated Aston Villa at last Saturday and, frankly, cannot be recommended whether or not they have anything left to play for. The spirit and desire they displayed when winning the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane, under former boss Steve McLaren, appears long gone and it could be a long afternoon for Rafa Benitez. Spurs may have missed out on their first league title since 1961, but can still secure their highest finish to a Premier League season, so let’s have a decent bet at 13/10 with BetVictor, Coral or Paddy Power that Mauricio Pochettino’s side end the season on a high.
Selection: Tottenham Hotspur to win (13/10 with BetVictor)
Manchester City versus Arsenal, Sunday, May 8
Manchester City have the little matter of a Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday before they face Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Neither side has exactly been pulling up any trees lately, but the Sky Blues can take a seven-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United by beating the Gunners and look worthy favourites to do so.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini made eight changes from last Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Los Blancos for the 4-2 defeat by Southampton at St. Mary’s last Sunday, but is unlikely to take such a ‘cavalier’ approach to the two remaining Premier League fixtures, against Arsenal and Swansea City.
The Gunners lack of firepower was, once again, evident during the 1-0 defeat of Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday, when Danny Welbeck’s 59th minute winner was their first shot on target. The fact that they won the reverse fixture against the Sky Blues 2-1 in December, with a performance characterised by drive, cutting edge and resilience, only really serves to demonstrate how disappointing they’ve become.
Let’s take Manchester City to drive another nail in the coffin of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by hammering his team 4-0 at 55/1 with BetVictor.
Selections: Manchester City to win 4-0 (55/1 with BetVictor)
Leicester City Win the Premier League!
The wait is over and due to a 2 – 2 draw for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea (despite being 2-0 up after half time), Leicester have been crowned Premier League 2005-16 champions. The dream scenario that only a handful of lucky punters got in on at 5000-1 at the start of the season, has become a reality. The public love an underdog story and we’ll all be in for a long wait to find one to top this. Well done the Foxes. Now it’s finally time to get out to the shops and buy that reduced price Spurs celebration cake!
What a bargain!
Arsenal versus Norwich, Saturday, April 30
Arsenal remain fourth in the Premier League, five points ahead of Manchester United, but manager Arsene Wenger is rightly worried about the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League. The Gunners failed to create many chances during the 0-0 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last Sunday, but the Canaries also lacked a cutting edge when losing 3-0 to the Black Cats at Carrow Road on their last Premier League outing two weeks ago and are top-priced at 1/3 to be playing Championship football next season.
Manchester United, who have a game in hand, don’t play Leicester City until Sunday, so Arsenal have a chance to ease the pressure on their manager, whose position has again come under scrutiny in recent weeks.
For all the Gunners’ woes, Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals in as many Premier League games and Olivier Giroud had 11 touches in the Sunderland penalty area, albeit without mustering a single shot on target. Between them, Giroud and Sanchez have scored 36 goals in all competitions this season and, if they discover their finishing touch, it could be a torrid afternoon for the Canaries. Let’s try a routine 2-0 win for the Gunners at 7/1 with BetVictor.
If you’re looking for further football betting tips, then check out this Manchester United versus Leicester City write-up on Focus on Football. It’s a tad optimistic perhaps, but then what an amazing way it would be for Leicester to win the league than by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Selection: Arsenal to win 2-0 (7/1 with BetVictor)
Arsenal versus West Bromwich Albion, Thursday, April 21
Premier League fixtures are scattered far and wide this week but, with Tottenham Hotspur in action on Monday and Leicester City not due to play until next Sunday, the Gunners versus the Baggies at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday looks the pick of the midweek ties. As has often been the case this season, Arsenal failed to convert possession into three points at home to Crystal Palace last week and, having collected just eight points from the last 18 available at the Emirates, even their place in next season’s Champions’ League is under threat.
West Brom haven’t exactly set the world on fire lately, drawing 0-0 against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and going down 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium before Saido Berahino missed two second-half penalties in the 1-0 defeat by Watford at the Hawthorns last week. They have less to play for than Arsene Wenger’s side, but it’s worth remembering that they won the reverse fixture 2-1, despite conceding the majority of possession to the Gunners and, like their manager, are typified by resilience and belief.
Granted Arsenal’s lacking of finishing power at home in recent weeks, home fans and anyone who lays odds of 2/7 look in for a jittery time. The Baggies look outstanding value at 14/1 for an away win, but in a search of a bumper payday, let’s try a repeat of the previous 2-1 scoreline at 40/1 with Bet365 (who’ll refund your stake as a free bet if the match finishes 0-0).
Selection: West Bromwich Albion to win 2-1 (40/1 with Bet365)
Leicester City versus West Ham United, Sunday, April 17
An Andy Carroll hat-trick at the Boleyn Ground last weekend may have sounded the death knell for Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes, but Hammers’ boss Slavin Bilic will be hoping not to do Leicester City any more favours at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final replay at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday left the Irons with just a top-four finish in the Premier League to play for but, even so, they’ll have their work cut against the in-form Foxes.
Claudio Ranieri’s side has won its last four Premier League matches without conceding a goal and is one of the few to have beaten West Ham at home this season, so the even money available with Totesport and Betfred about a home win looks fair value. West Ham have failed to score in just five of their 32 Premier League fixtures so far this season, but the Foxes’ defence has played a huge part in their success and looks a good bet to hold fast once again. No prizes for originality, I’m afraid, but let’s try Leicester City to win 1-0 at 15/2 with Betvictor.
Selection: Leicester City to win 1-0 (15/2 with Betvictor)
West Ham United versus Arsenal, Saturday, April 9
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may not have welcomed Mesut Ozil’s suggestion that the Gunners had ‘mucked up’ their Premier League title challenge, but even dyed in the wool Gooners must be feeling the season is all but over for the North London outfit. Arsenal have responded well to their exits from the UEFA Champions League and the FA with comfortable wins against Everton at Goodison Park and Watford at the Emirates Stadium, but face a tricky tie against West Ham United at Upton Park in the early kick-off on Saturday.
The Hammers’ Champions’ League aspirations were dealt a blow when they could only draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace at Upton Park last week, but Cheikhou Kouyate’s straight red card after 67 minutes seemed extremely harsh. The Irons were outstanding against Tottenham on their last outing at home in the Premier League and won the reverse fixture 2-0 way back in August, so must have a decent chance of completing the double. West Ham to win 1-0 looks extraordinarily good value at 14/1 with Bet365.
Selection: West Ham to win 1-0 (14/1 with Bet365)