After the shock of Leicester in 2016 and Chelsea storming to a convincing win last season, the view is that 2017-18 is likely to be the most fiercely contested season for many years. The usual suspects will all be there or thereabouts of course but who do the bookies fancy, and is your team in the mix?

Manchester City

The Sky Blues have spent heavily in the close season and have bolstered their squad to the tune of £200 million, making them the Premier League's biggest spenders. Pep Guardiola still has a lot to prove after success at Bayern and Barca and City's owners are renowned for their lack of patience.

Nevertheless, bookies make City favourites for the title at 7/4.


Next in line are last year's winners at 7/2 who, despite losing their legendary captain John Terry and Nemanja Matic, have spent in excess of £100 million in a bid to retain the trophy. Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata should certainly increase their opportunities in front of goal.

Manchester United

It is almost inconceivable that, after their dominance in the 90's and 2000's under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have gone four years without challenging for the top prize. With Jose Mourinho firmly in place now and the addition of Romelu Lukaku to an already strong squad, that is back into the Champions League, bookmakers see Man United as 7/2 contenders along with Chelsea.


Last season's runners-up Tottenham, have still not completed a summer signing, but have managed to retain almost their entire squad from last season including two-times Golden Boot winner Harry Kane are at 8/1. One wonders, however, if this season may be written off as the team are waiting for a new ground to be built ready for the 2018-19 season.

Arsenal & Liverpool

It seems an age since Arsene Wenger's side enjoyed any sort of meaningful challenge for the trophy and at 10/1 it seems bookies would agree for this season. Despite breaking their own transfer record with the signing of Olympique Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette for £45.05 million it still looks like Wenger has lost his winning touch.

Seeing the name of Liverpool on the trophy is a dim and distant memory, and it looks like this year it will continue if the odds are anything to go by. The Reds also broke their own record by signing Mohamed Salah, a right winger, from AS Roma. They have done well, so far, to retain the services of Coutinho, despite interest from Barcelona after Neymar's departure but it looks like being another barren year for Jurgen Klopp's team at 10/1.

The rest

Apart from Everton at 80/1 the rest of the league are at 250/1 if you fancy an outside bet. It might be worth it...remember, Leicester started their league winning season at 5000/1 !!