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Football Betting Tips - Premier League Analysis - Part Two

Written: 30th July 2019

Words: Michael Grahamslaw

Premier League Analysis - Part Two

Welcome back to the second part of our Premier League 2019/20 Season Preview 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 the first ten teams in the Premier League such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, so if you haven’t checked that out yet, we’d recommend heading to our Premier League Betting Tips of the series before reading below, today we’ll be looking at our final ten teams, starting with:

Manchester City

Last season, Manchester City won every domestic trophy and really stamped their authority on the English game, you would imagine this season their objective is different. Although, they would like to defend all four of England’s Primary trophies, Pep Guardiola will have one thing on his mind and that is to win the Champions League, after failing to get past the Quarter-Final stage in three attempts.

Squad Analysis

On paper, this Manchester City team is bulletproof. Unstoppable. However, one aspect of the squad that does stand out is the age of some key players. With Aguero, David Silva, Fernandinho, and Otamendi all north of 30, City will need to be thinking of some replacements for these top players very soon. Rodri has been brought in and may fit into the Fernandinho role but based off what we have seen Rodri much prefers to be in a bit of a deeper position than the Brazilian. However, in terms of ability both are very technically gifted. Which means we're starting off our free betting tips with:

City to win both the Champions and Premier League - 13/2

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 1st

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

City to retain the domestic treble - 31/1

Manchester United

Say what you wish about Manchester United, they are definitely not shy when it comes to backing Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer. The Norwegian has done a complete U-turn on his predecessors and brought in some incredible young talent for massive fees in Aaron Wan Bissaka and Daniel James. As well as a defensive leader in Harry Maguire who, laugh all you want will probably end up being worth more than £80 million in the long-run to Manchester United. This season will clearly be a transition period for the Red Devils and if Ole can shift any more deadwood and replace it with young talent, United could be feared again a lot sooner than anyone anticipated.

**Squad Analysis **

Manchester United have some great young players in their squad and quite a few who are just 1-2 years away from what should be their prime. As for a starting XI, I feel like Manchester United need two players to really challenge those above them, an attacking central midfielder to partner Pogba and a natural right winger.

Manchester United to win the Europa League 11-2

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 4th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

Man United to finish top 4 - 21/20

Newcastle United

Whatever happened to the once sleeping giant that was Newcastle United? They’ve lost their two top goal scorers and lost their most established manager since their Champions League days. They start the season against Arsenal at the weekend. With new record signing Joelinton as the Magpies main striker, they’ll be hoping he slots straight into the team and performs meanwhile the politics behind the appointment of Steve Bruce were quite possibly the last thing the Magpies needed and they will hope that this isn’t a sign of things to come.

Squad AnalysiS

When you look at Newcastle’s starting XI, they definitely have a chance of survival. Their defensive three of Schar, Lascelles and Lejuene was up there with the best in the league under Rafael Benitez and in our opinion will still be under Steve Bruce. We’re unsure about how their wing-play will be this season with Almiron and Saint Maximin likely to play more central roles it will leave their full backs vulnerable.

Newcastle to finish in the top ten - 7/2

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 15th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

Newcastle to be relegated - 2/1

Norwich City

It’s absolutely fantastic to see Norwich City back in the Premier League since their relegation back in 2015/16. The Canaries have always been an entertaining team to watch and you could guarantee their games would contain goals. Norwich are unbeaten in all competitions since February 13th and will hope to bring that form into the Premier League this season. They’ve inevitably got a tough start to the campaign but the Canaries will know they will need to start this campaign much better than they started last season where they had just one win in their first six matches.

Squad Analysis

If Teemu Pukki can bring his form into the Premier League then Norwich have a very good chance of staying up. Norwich could do with a little bit more quality in centre back as I don’t believe as a unit, it is strong enough to repel Premier League standard forwards. They have a lot of depth in midfield but again, they’re heavily reliant on players adapting well to the Premier League - which we don’t think they will.

Norwich to be relegated - 10/11

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 19th.

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

Norwich City to finish bottom - 7/2

Sheffield United

How long has it been Sheffield United fans? 12 years since that heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Wigan, that fantastic save from Paddy Kenny from Emile Heskey’s overhead kick and Danny Webbers chip which just hit the wrong side of the bar. It’s incredible how much the finest margins can impact a team but it’s good to see the Blades back in the Premier League where we would argue they belong.

Squad Analysis

If Sheffield United stay up this season it’s not going to be because of the clear gap in quality they have over the sides around them. As it stands we would argue that the Blades are the favourites to go down purely because of a lack of quality. We believe that the Blades need 4 more first team players and 3 more squad players to have a chance of surviving this campaign.

Sheffield United to be relegated - 2/3

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 20th.

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

Sheffield United to survive - 6/5

Southampton

Since Claude Puel left the club at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, Southampton have under-performed and narrowly escaped relegation twice in the last two seasons. However, that looks like it might change now with Ralph Hasenhuttl leading the side next season. We’re not expecting the Saints to make a return to European Football anytime soon but they certainly shouldn’t be battling against relegation next season.

Squad Analysis

When it comes to squad depth, Southampton are fairly settled. They don’t have many players that will stamp their authority on a game and completely change things up but they do have an evenly balanced side that could easily win a game by playing attacking or defensive football. However, we do think that Southampton need another winger and they should look to push Ward-Prowse into a central area where he can really control a game.

Southampton to be relegated - 11/2

Predicted Finish

. Our Predicted Finish: 13th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

Southampton to finish top 10 - 5/2

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

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 premier league 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

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

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 11th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To finish top ten: 5/2

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

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 10th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To finish top ten: 21/20

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

Predicted Finish

Our Predicted Finish - 9th

21.co.uk’s Online Betting Odds:

To win the FA Cup - 14/1

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