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Arsenal

The addition of Nicholas Pepe from Lille for £72m and the possible loan signing of Philippe Coutinho adds another dimension to Arsenal’s attack and could boost their chances of a top four finish for the first time since the 2015/16 season when Arsene Wenger was in charge. If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette can find the net as regularly as they did last season, this season should be an improvement for the Gunners.

Odds to finish in top 4: 5/4

Aston Villa

Surviving in the Premier League will be Villa’s number one wish but manager Dean Smith will want more than that. One of the best signings of the summer could be the £8m Villa spent to bring goalkeeper Tom Heaton to the Midlands from Burnley. A lot will depend on midfielder Jack Grealish to pull the strings for last season’s play-off winners.

Odds to avoid relegation: 10/27

Bournemouth

Despite having the smallest ground in the Premier League with a capacity of just around 11,500, Bournemouth continue to defy the odds and remain in the top flight. Eddie Howe’s men finished 14th last season which was the third successive season in which they failed to improve. The Cherries need to perform better away from home after taking just 16 points in their last campaign if they are to record a top 10 finish.

Odds to finish in the top 10: 3/1

Brighton

The Seagulls won the same number of games last season as they did in the previous campaign (nine), but their 20 defeats left them close to a relegation battle under Chris Hughton. Graham Potter, for whom the Premier League will be a new challenge, is now at the helm and a good start to the campaign is imperative if they are to avoid relegation.

Odds to be relegated: 9/5

Burnley

A few years survival was the only objective for Burnley and then they go and qualify for last season’s Europa League. That European adventure had an adverse effect on their league performances and after languishing in the bottom half for much of the season, Sean Dyche turned things around for a comfortable 15th-place finish. Turf Moor fans expect a return to the top half of the table and with Jay Rodriguez up front and goalkeeper Tom Pope back fully fit, they might just get their wish.

Odds to finish in top 10: 6/1

Chelsea

Many Blues fans regard last season as a disappointment despite finishing third and winning the Europa League. Frank Lampard has replaced Maurizio Sarri as manager and the Stamford Bridge favourite has to find a way of filling the void left by Eden Hazard. If Lampard can get the best of the remaining big-name players, then a top four finish should be within their reach.

Odds to finish in top four: 11/10

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson managed to overturn a slow start with just two wins in the Eagles’ opening 13 games to finish a respectful 12th. It could be another season of mid-table mediocrity at Selhurst Park after selling promising full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United but bringing in the experienced centre-half Gary Cahill is a steady signing. Wilfried Zaha holds the key to a successful season for Palace.

Odds to finish in top 10: 11/4

Everton

In Marco Silva’s first season as manager, Everton did not improve on their eighth place finish but they did win more games and tighten up defensively. Regulars to Goodison Park will expect more in Silva’s second season at the club even if it is a good cup run. If Moise Kean can settle quickly following his transfer from Juventus, a top six finish could be theirs.

Odds to finish in top 6: 7/2

Leicester

The departure of Harry Maguire leaves a huge hole in the heart of the Foxes’ defence but Brendan Rodgers will use the £80m wisely. Leicester showed encouraging glimpses of what to expect under Rodgers and his man-management skills should help the former champions challenge for a place in the top six after finishing eighth in May. But other players have to chip in with goals. Jamie Vardy top scored with 18 league goals with James Maddison next on seven.

Odds to finish in the top 6: 4/1

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp ended his trophy drought in style by winning the Champions League in June which should give his squad the hunger for more success. The bitter taste left by missing out on the title last season by a single point will still be fresh in the mouths of the players and should spur them on to be domestic champions this season.

Odds to win the league: 5/2

Manchester City

The team that finishes above City will most probably be crowned champions. But will anyone finish above them? Pep Guardiola’s squad gets better and better every season and new signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid strengthens their midfield. But the loss of Vincent Kompany deprives them of a true leader. Nevertheless, there is enough quality in the squad for City to three-peat.

Odds to win the league: 20/43

Manchester United

The days of celebrating championships continue to fade fast and expectations at Old Trafford have switched to being happy with a top four finish. In four of the last six seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the Red Devils have finished fifth or lower. Harry Maguire should shore up the defence which could see them mount a challenge for a Champions League spot.

Odds to finish in top 4: 21/20

Newcastle

Steve Bruce is a veteran manager who has experienced everything there is to experience as a boss. But taking charge of the Magpies will be the biggest challenge of his career. Known for getting teams into the top flight, Bruce’s record as a Premier League manager is not great. A slow start will increase the pressure already on Bruce who will hope £40m club record signing Joelinton hits the ground running following his move from Hoffenheim.

Odds to finish in top 10: 7/2

Norwich

Research shows that the winners of the Championship have a better chance of staying up than the other two promoted sides, but Daniel Farke still has his work cut out to keep the Canaries flying high. Teemu Pukki scored 29 goals last season and his team-mates will need to create a lot of chances for the Finnish finisher to flourish in the top flight.

Odds to finish bottom: 7/2

Sheffield United

The Blades spent a record £20m on Scottish striker Oli McBurnie which is a lot on a player who failed to score in 16 Premier League appearances for Swansea. If the Scottish striker struggles for goals again, it could be a long season for Chris Wilder’s side even with the signing of experienced defender Phil Jagielka from Everton. Business done in the January transfer window could determine if United stay up or drop.

Odds to finish bottom: 11/4

Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl will have benefitted from his first full pre-season at St Mary’s to get his players playing the way he wants them to. Last season was all about staying up and he did that with a couple of games to spare. They have added to their attacking options by signing Birmingham’s Che Adams who is untried at this level while Danny Ings will hope his injury nightmares are behind him.

Odds of finishing in top 10: 5/2

Tottenham

Now that Tottenham are finally in their new home, they will have to deal with sides raising their game to win in the league’s newest stadium. And to prove their hands aren’t tied by the cost of the stadium, midfielder Tanguy Ndombele arrives as the club’s record signing following his £58.3m switch from Lyon. A title challenge could be on but not if they lose 13 league games like they did last term.

Odds to win the title: 16/1

Watford

Watford have had all summer to stew on their 6-0 drubbing given to them by Manchester City in the FA Cup final. If that doesn’t spur them on to start the season well, then nothing will. Javier Gracia’s 11th-place finish in his first season at Vicarage Road can be regarded as a positive one and supporters hope he can go one better with a top 10 finish.

Odds to finish in the top 10: 5/2

West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini managed to guide West Ham to a top 10 finish last season despite the shenanigans surrounding striker Marco Arnautovic’s on-off transfer to China. Sebastien Haller’s £45m transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt should make the Hammers more prolific in front of goal this season. Defensively, if they concede 55 goals again this term they can kiss goodbye to finishing in the top half of the table.

Odds to finish in top 10: 21/20

Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo set the bar very high in the club’s return to the Premier League and those standards will not be allowed to drop just because of their European commitments. Patrick Cutrone arrives from AC Milan with fans expecting him to slot right in and continue the club’s philosophy of playing attacking football. Time will tell if the squad is big enough to cope with the Europa League and Premier League.

Odds to finish in top six: 7/2

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