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Football Betting Tips - Premier League Analysis - Part Two

Premier League Analysis - Part Two

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 sports betting ideas along the way. Last time around we had a look at AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Burnley, so if you haven’t checked that out yet, we’d recommend heading to part one of the series before reading below, today we’ll be looking at our next four teams, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Everton starting with:

Burnley

Sean Dyche’s Burnley are a difficult one to predict, on their day they can beat anyone and if they have a good season, they could finish top half but at the same time they’re one of the firm favourites for relegation every single year. They have a very good starting XI but if their squad picked up a few injuries they should struggle, yet every year Dyche always finds a way to work around them.

Squad Analysis

Burnley’s starting XI is without a doubt strong enough to survive in the Premier League, especially with a front two of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. However, if either of those get injured, you're relying on Jay Rodriguez to come in and contribute in games against the weaker teams unless Dyche decides to move to a 4-5-1 formation. They’re fantastic in central areas but could do with some work wide-right.

Outside bet: Burnley to finish top 10 - 6/1

Arrivals and Departures

Burnley have brought in Jay Rodriguez and Erik Pieters as back-up players and we think they’ll do that job fairly well in that role. Meanwhile, they’ve sold Tom Heaton for a decent fee, it was disappointing to see the stopper leave Turf Moor but realistically Burnley got a very good price for Heaton.

Where can they improve

Many people will say different positions to where Burnley can afford to improve but my main issue with the squad is their full-back positions. Matt Lowton and Charlie Taylor are in no way bad players, you would still argue they’re Premier League standard but if Burnley want to improve they are two positions I would say they could do so. However, if you asked the question of who is better and would be eager to go to Burnley without the guarantee of first team football, I couldn’t tell you.

Predicted Finish

We feel that Burnley will be another one of those teams that fall into a relegation battle but we’re fairly confident that they will survive come May. There are weaker squads in every area and the Burnley squad are fairly well gelled and personally, we are very excited to see what Dwight McNeil brings to the table next season.

Our Predicted Finish - 14th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To be relegated: 19/10

To Survive: 5/9

Chelsea

In what is unquestionably going to be a season of transition for Chelsea, they should still really be pushing for a top 4 spot this season. As Chelsea can’t actually sign anyone they haven’t already signed a deal for, they will have to rely on some of their younger players to step up and replace the likes of Eden Hazard. It will be interesting to see if the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount break into the squad under Lampard or if he will stick with some of the more experienced names in the Chelsea squad.

Squad Analysis

Defensively, I think Chelsea are pretty solid. Their wing-backs are very offensive which is exactly what they’re going to need this season as it appears offensively is going to be where they struggle this season. They have strength in-depth in central defence and central midfield but they’re really lacking a star player that the teams around them have. They’re definitely going to need stand-out seasons from either Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and whoever they stick up front whether it’s Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham or Michy Batshauyi.

Chelsea to finish top four - evens

Arrivals and Departures

Chelsea’s only signing of this window was that of Mateo Kovacic who already had a deal in-place to sign for the club if they were willing to take Real Madrid up on it. In terms of departures, Chelsea have officially said goodbye to Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill.

Where can they improve?

Right now? They can’t. But 2019/2020 will be a case of out with the old and in with the new for a lot of Chelsea players.

Predicted Finish

Any manager who took charge of Chelsea as it stood would have one of the most difficult jobs in their career this season by reaching their usually high expectations. We think Lampard will do a decent job this season and win another trophy this year.

Our Predicted Finish - 6th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To win the Carabao Cup - 10/1

To win the FA Cup - 9/1

Crystal Palace

Here is our issue with Crystal Palace, you look at their side and think even without Wilfred Zaha, they’ve got a few players who need to be playing in a top half team and you wonder perhaps why they aren’t up there. Then you look at their squad depth and realise the exact reason, if Palace have a few injuries their squad is down to bare bones and players who realistically probably would struggle to get into Championship teams are being relied upon. Which is a real shame because with a bit of work they could become a real force and push on.

Squad Analysis

Naturally, Palace now need a new right-back to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka who recently left for Manchester United. But other than, I like their back five. Maybe Centre-Back could be brought in if we were being picky but defence is probably Palace’s best area overall. In midfield, they need depth, simple as that or at least the opportunity to push a few of their regular starters like Kouyate and McArthur and up-front… well, would Christian Benteke or Connor Wickham be a regular starter for sides like Huddersfield and Swansea? Absolutely not.

Arrivals and Departures

As things stand, the only major transfers involving Crystal Palace were when Wan Bissaka left for Manchester United and Gary Cahill joined on a free from Chelsea. They have brought in Stephen Henderson as a back-up and Jordan Ayew after his loan last year but if Wilfred Zaha leaves for Everton, Palace will be in a lot of trouble.

Where can they improve?

Palace realistically need to improve two key positions if they are going to push into the top ten, they need a right-back replacement for AWB and most importantly, a striker who actually scores goals. When Michy Batshauyi got used to his surroundings at Palace he showed exactly how good they can be with a focal point up-front. They also need back-up’s but I feel like we’ve already touched on that aspect a few times.

Predicted Finish

Can I see Palace bringing in a striker who can push them into the top ten? Unfortunately not. I think they’ll go back a step this season due to not reinvesting in the team and then a further step back if they sell Zaha. They’ll be in a relegation battle at the end of the season as it stands but I think they’ll survive.

Predicted Finish: 17th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To finish top 10: 10/4

To be relegated: 11/2

To Win League Cup: 40/1

Everton

Everton are a team that has to break into the top six soon, they are expected to almost every season and 9/10 times their supporters are disappointed with their season. This time around we think it might be a little different for the Toffees. They’ve got some fantastic young players and some players in the prime of their careers, with those above them stagnating, it is really down to the likes of Everton and Leicester to push the bigger sides this campaign.

Squad Analysis

For their backline, Everton are solid enough to be a top-six side, providing they don’t have any injuries, if they can keep their first-choice back four fit for the majority of the season, they stand a chance. Their midfield is pretty decent as well, we felt like Bernard was a bit of a disappointment last season but you could easily put that down to first season struggles. With a strong midfield including the likes of Gomes and Sigurdsson, Everton arguably have one of the best midfield areas in the league. Their main difficulty came up front last season, Calvert Lewin doesn’t appear to be ready to be a sole striker for a top Premier League club and their only real back-up was Cenk Tosun.

Arrivals and Departures

Everton have pulled off a major coup with the signing of Italian striker Moise Kean from Juventus to alleviate their attacking issues. They have also brought in Jonas Lossl as a back-up to Jordon Pickford and Andre Gomes for £22 million, which at the moment looks like an absolute steal. Meanwhile, Fabian Delph will bring in some quality versatility when called upon. In terms of departures, they’ve sold two decent youngsters in Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic but they’ve gotten very good prices for both. Meanwhile, Idrissa Gueye will be a miss but for 28+ million it’s worth it.

Where can they improve?

If Everton wanted to cement their place as a threat to the top four next season, they would really have to bring in some depth in the centre of defence and hope Kean can grab them 15+ goals a season. Other than that, we think next season they’ll have some good performers throughout the team.

Predicted Finish:

With Everton we feel they’re going to make their mark this season in one competition but not altogether, If they succeed in the league, we don’t think they will in the Cups and vice-versa. We think their main aim has to be bringing a trophy back to the blue side of Merseyside this season.

Predicted Finish: 8th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To finish top six: 7/2

To finish bottom 10: 21/10

To Win FA Cup: 18/1

Throughout the season here at 21.co.uk, we will bring you all of our Football betting tips.

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