The 2016/17 Premier League is already underway, which means that supporters are eager to get back into the groove of following their teams, at the game itself, or on live television at home or in their local pub. Aside from this, some of these fans like to add a little more spice to proceedings by having a bet on the outcome of a game – or of the title itself. Therefore this piece will take a look at five of the sides that could seriously challenge to be champions.
The bookmakers have decided that Manchester City are the favourites to reclaim their title in 2016/17, putting them on 7/4 at this early stage. They have made a promising start under new manager Pep Guardiola, and he has made significant squad additions – including highly rated young defender John Stones from Chelsea. Having never previously managed in this league, City’s chances could depend on how rapidly Guardiola adjusts however.
This is not an issue across the city, as new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has an abundance or Premier League title winning experience – claiming the crown just two years ago with Chelsea. Last season was a nightmare for Mourinho though, with his first ever sacking, and the last few years have also been grim for United. They have made a statement of intent by signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to lead the line and have addressed longstanding midfield inadequacies by bringing in Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. All this suggests United are serious about a title challenge, perhaps justifying their second favourite 11/4 odds.
Chelsea were the team that sacked Mourinho after he lost the support of his players and they have now hired Antonio Conte to get them back into contention. He recruited N’Golo Kante to bolster the midfield, but has not made major changes elsewhere. Chelsea played well within themselves last season though and should be contenders – as the bookmakers recognise with odds of 11/2.
Having led until the turn of the year in 2015/16 Arsenal fell short once again and still have the same issues with a lack of command in central defence and overly lightweight midfield. It has been a frustrating summer for Gunners fans and the squad doesn’t look strong enough to bring a first title in 12 years, but 11/1 odds show the bookies are not ruling them out.
Finally, last season’s champs Leicester are on 66/1, suggesting bookies don’t think they can repeat the trick. Having lost Kante to Chelsea and with more fixtures this year, it will be hard for them.
These are a few of the possible champions that you could put a bet on for the league and playing an online football-based slot is not a million miles away from sports betting, so why not try Soccer Safari as well? This slot game, available from various casinos on MobileCasinoCanada.ca, centres on a bunch of animals competing in their very own jungle-based World Cup and has great payo-ut prizes and bonus games as well as sharp, funny graphics.
If you manage to pick the Premier League winner correctly, as well as winning the slot jackpot, next summer could be very sweet indeed.