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Premier League Covered at Paddy Power

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 10:39

Outright Winner


Paddy Power make Pep Guardiola’s Man City side strong 13/10 favourites to take the title off Chelsea’s hands. With the amount of investment in an already strong squad, Pep’s boys will surely go close. Manchester United have started strongly with Romelu Lukaku spearheading the side and they can be backed at 9/4. Chelsea’ home defeat to Burnley raised a few eyebrows and they have now drifted to 6/1 whilst both North London clubs can be backed at 9/1 with Paddy Power.

Top 4 Finish


Champions League is the be all and end all of club football, and a top 4 finish is the minimum expectation for the big English clubs. Man City and Man United are both unbackable at 1/9 and 1/8 respectively, whilst Paddy Power make Chelsea 1.5 to make the cut. The fourth spot seems to be the tightest with Tottenham (4/5), Arsenal (Evens) and Liverpool (11/10) in with a shout. Everton at 17/2 highlights the gap between the top 6 and the rest. Huddersfield have impressed in the early stages and can be backed at 300/1 with Paddy Power.

Relegation


With parachute payments, relegation is no longer the end of the world for most clubs. Still, Premier League status is vital for many clubs and Premier League newcomers Brighton are 10/11 with Paddy Power to go straight back down. Early signs haven’t been good and Brighton will need to improve their firepower to worry any sides this season. Swansea flirted with relegation lasts season and lost their star man Gylfi Sigurdsson. 5/4 seems a fair price for a weak looking team. Despite beating Chelsea on day 1, Burnley are third-favourites for relegation and must cope without Andre Gray. Can Chris Wood fill those boots? Bournemouth have looked a shadow of the side and at 7/2 could be some value with Paddy Power.

Sack Race


Managers are under relentless pressure with the money involved in the game today, and a couple of poor displays can see your name etched on the back pages for the wrong reasons. The appointment of Frank De Boer as Crystal Palace manager raised some questions following his disastrous spell at Inter Milan. It’s little surprise then that Paddy Power make him 2/1 favourite for the first managerial departure. Despite guiding the side to the title last season, Antonio Conte is 11/2 to be the first casualty. The Swansea board have shown less patience in recent years and a poor start could see Paul Clement get the chop, and at 12/1 he looks a big price. Going a whole season without any departures seems highly unlikely, and Paddy Power agree with ‘No Managers to Leave’ quoted at 90/1. Pep Guardiola seems the safest manager and is 75/1 to be the first to depart his post this season.