Premier League trend suggests that Man United will win
With the World Cup drawing to a close, it’s time to look at other football matters – notably the looming Premier League season.
There is still much action to be seen on the transfer window, with Chelsea looking to snaffle Torres from Liverpool – a team whose position in the Big Four has been usurped by Man City, as they find themselves fifth favourites for the league, with odds of 14/1.
Whilst Man United and Arsenal have been linked with two of the shiniest World Cup stars – namely Wesley Sneijder and Mesut Ozil respectively.
Of course, with their enormous bundles of money, Man City will presumably be the most active of the top clubs during the transfer window.
They have already nabbed a couple of big names from Spain – David Silva, and Yaya Toure – and look set to splurge even more money on big names, with Ibrahimovic, Milner, and Balotelli all reportedly in the mix.
Hence, a relatively unknown quantity at this point, they are currently the third favourites for the title, with odds of 5/1.
They will, however, have their work cut out. You have to go back fifteen years to 1995 to find a team other than Man United, Chelsea or Arsenal winning the title – that was Blackburn Rovers.
2003/04 champions, Arsenal – possibly without their captain, Cesc Fabregas, who has been continually linked with a move back to Barcelona – are also seemingly behind Man City in the pecking order, as fourth favourites, with odds of 6/1.
Leaving Chelsea and Man United as the most fancied title winners – Chelsea at 13/8, Man United just behind at 7/4.
As the defending Champions, Chelsea will be keen to emulate their successful title defence in 2005/06, but they should be wary.
Man United have come second in the Premier League on three previous occasions, and each time they have won it the following year.
They were last years runners-up.
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