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Premier League Part Five Analysis

Welcome back to this five-part series where we analyse the 20 teams in the Premier League, give our thoughts on where they’ll finish, how they can improve and give you some tasty little betting ideas along the way. We’ve looked at 16 Premier League sides so far and if you haven’t seen any of this series yet we recommend heading back to part one of the series before reading below, with just four teams left we will start with our predictions and online betting tips for Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs are in a strange position right now as they’ve not really done enough in recent years to be viewed as serious title contenders but when you look at their squad they are in no danger of dropping outside of the top four. We’d expect Tottenham to perhaps focus a little more on the Domestic Cups than they have in recent years as their one main criticism is, despite how good their squad is, they haven’t converted that talent into trophies.

Squad Analysis

Look at Tottenham’s squad last year, we would have said their main weakness was in central midfield, but Moussa Sissoko stepped up and had a better season than most were expecting but Tanguy Ndombele was a signing they realistically had to make to improve. With the addition of Giovani Lo Celso, central midfield is arguably their strongest position. However, for now, we believe that Spurs realistically need another striker as back-up to Harry Kane as well as some first team Wing-Backs as we saw last year Tottenham’s entire range of full-backs managed 14 assists, just one more than Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Carabao Cup Winner: 8/1

Arrivals and Departures

Naturally the signing of Ndombele was the big one for Spurs but the signing of Jack Clarke should not be overlooked. The youngster has gone straight back to Leeds but will likely be a big signing for years to come. They’re managed to get rid of some of their fringe players such as Fernando Llorente and Kieran Trippier which will be fantastic if some of their promising youth players can come in and replace them.

Where can they improve

I think what Spurs can do to improve will honestly depend on how their youth will perform, for example if Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters can prove their quality as back-up’s, Spurs could well have one of the tightest defensive units in the league this season. However, if Harry Kane gets injured, the only legitimate striker is Troy Parrott and although the youngster definitely has potential, Spurs need a little more firepower up-front.

Predicted Finish

As we said at the start it feels like Spurs will be the easiest team to predict this season, not good enough to rival Manchester City but far better than the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal. An easy 3rd place for Spurs this season, our football betting tips for Spurs are definitely going to revolve around domestic trophies.

Our Predicted Finish - 3rd

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

Spurs to win the Premier League - 16/1

FA Cup Winner: 8/1

Watford

Last season Watford performed a lot better than we think most people expected them to and showed that they’re a much bigger threat to teams than they were given credit for. They finished last season poorly picking up just 7 points in their last 9 games as they prepared for an FA Cup final. The Hornets are a side that realistically won’t be in a relegation battle but aren’t strong enough to push for Europe meaning that they’ll likely try to push for domestic success in either the Carabao or FA Cup.

Squad Analysis

When you look at the squad at Javi Garcia’s disposal, there is a clear weakness in defence. When you look at their midfield and attack, they’ve got tonnes of talent in almost every position. However, with Jose Holebas at 35 and a central defensive pairing of Craig Cathcart and Adrian Mariappa, some talented defenders could really push Watford to the next level.

Watford to finish in the top 6 - 28/1

Arrivals and Departures

In our opinion, Craig Dawson is not the standard of defender Watford need to move forward. Meanwhile, their signings of Danny Welbeck and Ismaila Sarr really add some attacking depth to their squad. However, their signing of Dodi Lukebakio in 2018 for a rumoured £3 million for him to make one appearance and be sold on for £18 million is very good business.

Where can they improve?

Defence. You can’t be a team pushing the top ten consistently with that defence. Simple as that.

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 11th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To finish top ten: 5/2

To win the Carabao Cup - 33/1

West Ham United

West Ham are one of those teams who could either have a fantastic season and break into the top six and challenge for a trophy or they could struggle to make the top ten. They are incredibly unpredictable but have strengthened this season. They’ve had an indifferent pre-season from looking incompetent against Newcastle in the Asia Trophy to offensively annihilating Hertha Berlin in what was an absolute classic. The likes of Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals will be looking to take West Ham to the next level but if the Hammers struggle early on, we can see Manuel Pellegrini looking to focus on FA Cup success this season.

Squad Analysis

West Ham have improved offensively, that’s for sure. However, in our opinion they’ve failed to strengthen in the positions that they actually needed too. When you look at their back-four, they are going to struggle defensively. They’ve done well to keep Issa Diop who will be crucial to any success the Hammers may have this campaign.

West Ham to finish in the bottom half - 2/3

Arrivals and Departures

A lot of West Ham’s success this season will depend on whether Sebastien Haller adapts well to the Premier League, we’re fairly confident that the Pablo Fornals will become a fan favourite at the Hammers who will be the most unpredictable side this season. In our opinion, the best thing the Hammers did this season was departures, Pedro Obiang, Edimilson Fernandes, Lucas Perez, Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Samir Nasri were all on a decent wage at West Ham and have now left, meaning that the Hammers are very likely paying less in wages this year than they were last.

Where can they improve?

Defence. Feel like I am repeating myself here after the Watford preview but once again, Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Cresswell are not consistent top ten standard full-backs and when you take on some of the Premier League’s best, they are going to end up torn apart. As we’ll very likely see on Saturday when they take on Manchester City

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 10th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To finish top ten: 21/20

To win the FA Cup - 30/1

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Finally we’ve reached the final side in this list and Wolves are a team that could go either way this season, they’ve added some much needed depth to their squad but they also have a much bigger distraction of playing in the Europa League this season, which impacts teams more than they think at the start of the season. We think Wolves will make the finals of a competition this season but which competition very much depends on their success in Europe.

Squad Analysis

When you look at Wolves’ starting XI it’s insane to think they weren’t even in the Premier League two seasons ago. However, we still think Wolves’ needed to get 1 or 2 more back-ups into the squad before the new season. More specifically in the Right-Back position, Matt Doherty had a fantastic season last year but if he gets injured, Wolves are relying on a player playing out of position to cover him. They also maybe could have done with another back-up centre-back for times where they are playing 7-8 games a month but other than that, Wolves are very solid.

Wolves to win the Europa League 20/1

Arrivals and Departures

The signing of Raul Jimenez on a permanent deal may just have been one of the signings of the Summer and when you consider Patrick Cutrone has joined the club, Wolves have two of the better strikers in the League. Meanwhile, the loan deal of Jesus Vallejo could be inspired as the young Spanish Centre-back has all the potential to be a top player.

In terms of departures it was a quiet window for Wolves, who sold Kortney Hause for a fee which we thought was fairly small, they definitely could have gotten more out of Villa for the player but when you have the talent Wolves do, you can afford to possibly make one or two mistakes.

Where can they improve?

Depth, defensive depth. That’s the only place that Wolves could improve without spending substantial amounts of money. A few injuries could leave Wolves very short but if they avoid an injury crisis they’ll have a very good season, they might not be as good in the Premier League this season but bets on them to win a trophy this season are likely the way to go.

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 9th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To finish top six: 7/2

To win the FA Cup - 14/1

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