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Predicting the Premier League’s Top 10 Next Season

At times, football can be very difficult to predict. Everyone remembers Leicester’s ridiculous run to the Premier League title in 2016, but very few fans would have backed the dream to come true (odds of 5000/1 were available).

While Man City’s charge to the title was much more predictable last season, there were plenty of shocks: Burnley nicking a Europa League place and Crystal Palace escaping relegation were among the unpredictable outcomes.

Below is an attempt to list next season’s Top 10 (in reverse order), with some reasoning thrown in for each. The latest odds are supplied by William Hill. If you want to back any, check the latest bonuses for some extra value.

  1. Wolves

A team transformed in recent years and one with big ambitions for the future. Not everything is without controversy, including Wolves’ links to agent Jorge Mendes. But they are going to spend and build something lasting at Molineux. At 11/10, Wolves to finish in the top half looks decent value.

  1. Crystal Palace

Has any manager redeemed his reputation as quickly as Roy Hodgson? He deserves more recognition for the job he did at Palace last season. They had no points when he joined and looked certain to be relegated, but ended up in 11th. 9/4 they finish in the Top 10 looks a steal. One caveat though: they must keep hold of Wilfred Zaha.

  1. West Ham

Despite tumultuous times at the club, the Hammers will spend big in the summer. They have also appointed one of the world’s most underrated managers in Manuel Pellegrini. Should the fans, unlike last season, get behind the team, the a Top 10 finish (9/4) is within sight.

  1. Everton

Everton were expected to do well last season, ended up having a bad season, yet somehow managed to finish up in 8th position. Some decent signings and Everton will improve on last season, but they won’t catch Arsenal just yet.

  1. Arsenal

The member of the Big 6 whose position looks the most precarious. Arsenal may have made a fresh start with the appointment of Unai Emery, but the job at hand is a huge one. It might take a couple of years before Arsenal are really knocking on the door of the Top 4 again.

  1. Chelsea

Chelsea seem in a state of limbo at the moment. Nobody really knows what is happening with Antonio Conte, not to mention the fact the owner, Roman Abramovich, does not seem to have the same passion for the club as before.

  1. Tottenham

At what point do we look at Tottenham’s position in the league and call it a failure? An excellent core group of players needs to be supplemented to really challenge. A Top 4 finish (4/5) looks near-certain.

  1. Manchester United

Jose Mourinho will probably outspend his rivals this summer, yet United might go back a step. They need to start building a philosophy at the club rather than chucking money at new players each summer. 11/2 to win the league looks like a waste of money.

  1. Liverpool

4/1 second-favourites and deservedly so. The mark of a great manager is improving players during his tenure – how many of the Reds has Klopp brought to a new level? They might push City very close, but they’ll come up short.

  1. Man City

The first time in a long while that we have an odds-on favourite to win the Premier League. 4/6 might look small right now, but they could be out of sight by Christmas. They are winning the league this year.