Often touted as the best football league in the world, there is no doubt that the English Premier League is packed full of excitement, open football and plenty of goals. With a huge global audience, the 20-team top division of English football rarely disappoints as even the smaller sides can beat the best in the land on their day.
Here we give you our pre-season thoughts and predictions on which team will win the Premier League in the 2015-16 season, along with the latest live betting odds comparison and our analysis of the main contenders.
Defending champions Chelsea look well placed to defend their title as their well-balanced side features strength in all areas of the pitch, with world class players right down the spine of the team in the form of Thibaut Courtois, John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, with plenty of others who support them skilfully and energetically. If boss Jose Mourinho dips into the transfer market in the summer (having been linked with Radamel Falcao) we think they will take some stopping this season once again. They are priced at best betting odds of 6/4 with Coral to retain their tile.
Manchester City – who have chosen not to sack manager Manuel Pellegrini despite the rumours – are the second favourites for the Premier League title at 11/4 with Bet365 and others. They finished second behind Chelsea last term but they were some eight points adrift of the champions and rarely looked like catching them in the closing weeks of the season. Defeats on the road to the likes of Burnley, West Ham and Crystal Palace were City’s undoing, and whether they buy big or not in the summer we feel they will fall short again in the new season.
Manchester United are another side who might well fail to mount a real title challenge despite signing new players. Still in a period of transition under Louis van Gaal, the addition of Champions League football next season (assuming they win the play-off to make it into the group stage) could take its toll on the squad. As such we are not tempted by the best betting odds of 11/2 with Ladbrokes for United to become Premier League champions once more.
In our eyes, Arsenal are likely to the team best placed to challenge Chelsea for the title. After their second FA Cup triumph in as many years, and a third-place finish in the league, confidence is high at the Emirates. With some world class players (such as Chilean star Alexis Sanchez) hitting top form and a midfield that is the envy of most sides, the addition of a prolific striker might be the piece of the jigsaw Arsene Wenger needs to win Arsenal’s first title since the 2003-04 season. Our betting tip for Premier League glory is therefore to take Arsenal at betting odds of 5/1 with Ladbrokes.