Premier League 2017-18 Predictions and Tips - The Bettingpro Team Share Their Best Bets for the New Season

The 2017-18 Premier League season is nearly upon us and so the Bettingpro writers have provided predictions and betting tips for all of the Premier League 2017-18 season outright betting markets.

The new Premier League season is just about to begin and so it's time for football fans to start making their predictions for the year ahead. For most punters this also means backing up their views with a bet and the Bettingpro team are no different. Here's what each of our football writers is backing in each of the main markets this season.

Who will win the Premier League? 

Leigh Copson: Manchester City

Loaded with attacking talented and boosted by some excellent new arrivals in the summer, Pep Guardiola’s side will almost certainly be better than they were last season and it is hard to disagree with the bookmakers’ decision to make them favourites. 
Jon Wilde: Arsenal @12/1 with William Hill

I think from a betting perspective, Arsenal offer the best each-way value at 12/1 provided they can keep a motivated Alexis Sanchez in their squad. Playing in the Europa League rather than the Champions League could actually help the Gunners because it will allow Arsene Wenger to be more single-minded about targeting the Premier League and Alexandre Lacazette looks an ideal signing to lead the line with Sanchez just behind.
Jamie Shaw: Manchester City

Pep Guardiola aims to get it right at the second time of asking as he looks to deliver City's third Premier League title since that fateful final day in 2012. His first season in charge at The Etihad ended in an uninspiring third place finish, but having fine-tuned his squad over the summer, Guardiola effectively now has two world class players competing for every position. City are justifiable favourites to dethrone Chelsea as champions come next May and providing the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane can remain fit, there appears no reason why they can't add to their title tally.
Dean Smith: Manchester City

Manchester City for me. A lot will depend on how quickly Ederson can adapt to the Premier League but Chelsea will struggle with the demands of European football whereas the Citizens have the strength in depth to compete on all fronts in my opinion. Pep Guardiola will understand the league more after last season being something of a learning curve for him and he has a stronger squad at his disposal this time around following some shrewd summer signings and the return to fitness of Gabriel Jesus.

Gary Emmerson: Chelsea

I'm sticking with Chelsea. It's hard to win back-to-back titles, but considering the start they gave everyone last year you have to be impressed. Manchester City are the obvious danger but I'm not convinced by their chances. I'm not sure City have got the personnel for gritty games that would-be champions win without playing well. Chelsea have lost a key player in Matic and Costa also looks set to leave, but in Bakayoko, Morata and Rudiger they've added quality. The Blues must show an ability to cope with the rigours of European football alongside the Premier League programme this year, but I think they can - although expect the title race to go down to the wire.
Neil Roarty: Manchester City

Manchester City are favourites but there's a reason for that. Pep Guardiola has had a season to get used to English football and to realise the requirements of a title winner in this country. He looks to have given up on the full-backs as holding midfielders and ball-playing goalkeeper experiments and the signings of Ederson, Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy may be over-priced but they're sensible ones that sort out some problems in the first team. The attacking midfield and forward options are frightening and I'd argue that the squad are now just a holding midfielder away from Champions League winners, never mind Premier League champions. They'll destroy far more sides than they'll lose to and, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all having to cope with the extra demands of the Champions League, and Spurs playing home games at Wembley, the rest of the contenders might find themselves out of the race before it's even really started.

What will be the top four? 

LC: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal

Chelsea should run Manchester City close in the title race and Manchester United have done some decent summer business that should strengthen their top-four challenge. If Arsenal can hold onto Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil during the next two transfer windows, they too can return to the top four this season with new striker Alexandre Lacazette likely to appear high up in the scoring charts.

JW: Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool

Chelsea are showing one or two signs that they could unravel again and Tottenham’s poor Wembley form last season suggested they could struggle at their temporary home.

JS: Man City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal

The Community Shield offered a glimpse that champions Chelsea may find it tough to replace star talisman Diego Costa, with Alvaro Morata struggling for fitness and having spent much of his time at Real Madrid in the shadows. Defensively, The Blues are solid and will undoubtedly be there or there abouts, however Conte's gamble in terms of attacking options could well backfire and cost them back-to-back titles. Manchester United remain a work in progress, but with the additions of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, can expect to be genuine contenders this season. That said, they will need to improve on their patchy home form from last season if they are to threaten the top two, and it looks like being a Champions League place at best for Mourinho's men. Given Tottenham's Wembley woes, Arsenal are well-fancied to rightfully regain their traditional fourth place finish in what could be Arsene Wenger's last stand as manager.

DS: Man City, Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool

After City, Chelsea might not retain the title, but they should have more than enough quality to secure a top four finish at least. The addition of Lukaku fits the mould perfectly at Manchester United, plus Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be stronger with a full PL season under their belts. I’m not sure Arsenal have strengthened enough over the summer, whilst Spurs could find the transition to playing at Wembley difficult, so I’m backing Liverpool to take that final Champions League qualification spot.

GE: Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man United

I've got Chelsea as champions and Manchester City as runners-up and then it gets tough. Arsenal always found a way to claim a top-four finish until last year but the addition of Alexandre Lacazette is an extremely positive purchase and one that can see them get back into the Champions League. Tottenham haven't added to their squad yet, so I'm taking Manchester United to complete the top four with Liverpool also missing out. The Reds haven't strengthened enough defensively and that could be their Achilles heel. 

NR: Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool

This is pretty much the toughest question ahead of the new season as there are so many questions over so many of the leading contenders. I think City will be some way ahead of Chelsea, who are solid enough to be 'best of the rest'. Spurs have to cope with the move to Wembley, which will see them drop points at home but they have the advantage of having played Champions League football last season and Mauricio Pochettino has shown that he's also willing to sacrifice that competition for Premier League progress and I expect that to be the case again this year. Fourth place is a bit of a 'pick em' between Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal and I wouldn't want to bet my life on it but I'm going with the Reds. Jurgen Klopp has improved Liverpool year-on-year and he looks to have made a few good signings already this summer. No African Nations Cup means that they won't lose key men at key times and if they can bring in Van Dyke then they have a chance of making a strong enough start that any late season fatigue won't be too much of an issue. Most people will have Manchester United in their top four but there's no real evidence that they've improved their squad (is Lukaku better than Ibrahimovic?) or style of play. Arsenal will be better this season as Arsene Wenger prioritises Champions League qualification but the quality isn't there and I see them falling further behind the rest of the 'big six'.

Who will be relegated? 

LC: Burnley, Huddersfield Town & Swansea City

There are still plenty of question marks about Huddersfield Town’s quality despite the arrival of several new players this summer, while you have to worry for a Swansea City that narrowly avoided the drop last season and looks set to lose both Jack Cork and Gylfi Sigurdsson. My other pick is Burnley – their away form last season was utterly dreadful and if they cannot replicate their home form they will be in serious danger.
JW: Brighton, Swansea & Southampton

Brighton have not added enough quality this summer and I think Swansea could be in trouble assuming they lose Gylfi Sigurdsson. I also think there might be a shock. The appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton does not excite and with Virgil van Dijk set to leave, they look a big price to go down.

JS: Huddersfield, Watford & Swansea

Huddersfield's first stint in the top flight could well be a short-lived one as they aim to defy the odds and stave off an immediate return to the Football League. David Wagner got the best out of an average Championship squad last season, but on paper, his side could be out of their depth against the big spenders in the Premier League and it's hard to envisage them mustering more than 30 points. Watford's perilous form towards the end of last season almost dragged them into a relegation battle, and should they fail to start the new campaign brightly, could face an uphill struggle to stay afloat. The quality of summer signings Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes is questionable at this level and if Troy Deeney is to suffer another barren spell, it's hard to see where the goals will come from for Marco Silva's side. The Swans looked a dead cert for relegation midway through last season before a miraculous turnaround under Paul Clement guided them to safety. However, the signs suggest it could be another testing season for the Welsh outfit - who are relying on Llorente to pick up from where he left off last season and for 19-year-old Tammy Abraham to step up to the mark at the top level.
DS: Huddersfield, Newcastle United & Burnley

Huddersfield will be delighted to have tied up Aaron Mooy on a permanent deal, but their squad is a weak one and their lack of experience at this level is likely to be a key factor for them. Newcastle may also struggle, I’m not convinced by their business in this window and it seems as though they’re only ever a few bad results away from a crisis at St. James’ Park. Burnley will have to seriously improve on their away form as another season of such consistency at home seems unlikely, I can’t see that happening.

GE: Huddersfield, Brighton & Crystal Palace

On history you have to think Huddersfield and Brighton face a mammoth task to stay up. Newcastle, the other promoted club, will end up closer to the bottom three than their odds suggest too. But I think the Magpies will survive and Crystal Palace will be the other team to go down. They flirted with danger throughout last season and I'm not convinced new manager Frank De Boer will keep them up.
NR: Brighton, Huddersfield & Burnley

Neither Brighton nor Huddersfield look to have enough to compete at this level. I don't see either side scoring loads of goals and I also don't see their defences being strong enough to keep clean sheets and there's nothing about the Falmers Stadium or the John Smith's Stadium that suggests fortress. That adds to swift returns for two of the three promoted clubs. I see the combination of Rafa Benitez, St. James' Park and Mike Ashley's desperation for the Premier League riches as enough to keep Newcastle up while I am against the majority in thinking that Swansea City will be fine after impressing in the latter half of last season. In contrast to the Swans, Burnley were awful after Christmas last year and I don't particularly like their transfer business. Sean Dyche managed to make them strong at home but they were so poor on the road that it's just a few bad results away from relegation. This season the Burnley bubble will burst.

Who will be the Top Goalscorer? 

LC: Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku would have won this award last season had it not been for Harry Kane’s sensational last-gasp run of goals, and you have to fancy the Belgium to be a leading contender once again following his move from Everton to Manchester United. The Golden Boot could be his this time around and if you back him at Ladbrokes before the opening game, you can get a £5 free bet every time he scores a Premier League goal in the month of August.

JW: Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City will again score lots of goals due to their glittering array of attacking options and big things are expected of Gabriel Jesus, who is $10 for the Golden Boot. He may well oust Sergio Aguero from the team for long periods and while City’s central defence remains suspect, the young Brazilian should make a big impression this season.
JS: Sergio Aguero

Aguero's goalscoring record at Manchester City is among the most prolific in Europe, having returned 122 goals in 181 appearances. Aguero ended last season with 20 Premier League goals, nine shy of Harry Kane's 29, though he was ruled out for spells of the latter part of the campaign through injury. With service provided by the likes of Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, Aguero can expect a handful of chances in every game and will surely be there or thereabouts when it comes to the final reckoning for the golden boot.
DS: Harry Kane

Even if as a team Spurs are unable to replicate their top three finishes from the last two seasons, they can rely on their talismanic marksman to lead the line in the correct way and continue racking up the goals. Despite suffering two injuries last season, the England international was able to win the golden boot for the second year running and given his ability to score goals in every manner, I can’t look past him to lead the scoring charts for a third consecutive season.

GE: Alexander Lacazette

Manchester City look the team to follow for goals and I'm tempted by Jesus Gabriel. But they tend to share to share the goals around a bit, so I'll take a chance that Alexandre Lacazette hits the ground running for Arsenal and back him to top the charts. So long as he is spared playing in the Europa League and given more Premier League time, I can see him bagging a fair few this year.

NR: Harry Kane

Harry Kane has topped the scoring charts for the past two seasons and only injury should prevent the Spurs striker from making it three in a row this year. Manchester City should spread their goals around which casts doubts over Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Romelu Lukaku has to overcome the hurdle of only one player in the history of the Premier League changing teams and then being top scorer (Robin Van Persie) and both Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette would have to overcome the bigger hurdle of no player ever winning a Golden Boot in their first season in England. I don't hate Sadio Mane as a 40/1 each-way shot but I think it will be Harry Kane who actually tops the scoring chart.

Who will win Player of the Year? 

LC: Kevin De Bruyne

I am expecting Manchester City to entertain their way to the title this season and one man who could play a starring role is Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian may not be a prolific goalscorer from midfield, but he does chip in with goals and he led the Premier League in assists last season. In a title-winning season for City, his is a name you could hear a lot.

JW: Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba will have settled in properly again at Manchester United and his odds appeal. The Red Devils need a talisman with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney out of the picture and the French midfielder is likely to blossom with the team built around him.
JS: Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian international will be integral to City's chances of regaining the Premier League trophy both in terms of his creativity and work rate. A key set piece taker, De Bruyne will undoubtedly contribute goals throughout the season and will be expected to dictate play in central areas. He offers good outside value to scoop the Player of the Year accolade in what could be a season to remember for Manchester City.

DS: Kevin De Bruyne

City will need their biggest players to perform consistently if they’re to top the table as I expect them to do this year and in Kevin de Bruyne they have, for me, one of the world’s most exciting midfield players. The Belgian is capable of playing in a few different positions, which was detrimental to his form at times last season, yet he still managed to top the assists charts with an incredible 18. If he can do the same again and add a few more goals, he could be the catalyst to a title-winning campaign for City.
GE: Leroy Sane

I really like the chances of two Manchester City midfielders in Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane. Both will chip in with goals - a good thing for catching the eye - but I'm favouring Sane at to edge the vote after impressing in his debut season in the Premier League last year.

NR: Kevin De Bruyne

The Player of the Year award is almost always won by a player from the title winners and I won't be looking outside of the Manchester City squad for this year's Player of the Season. The outstanding players at Eastlands are Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. The latter two are injury prone and likely to be rotated by Pep Guardiola but the former is the man that the City side is built around. De Bruyne chipped in with 7 goals and 18 assists last season and could increase those numbers in a more attacking City side this campaign. That's more than enough to win over the statisticians while his effortless elegance around the pitch will see him gain votes from the 'purists'.

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Premier League 2017-18 Predictions and Tips - The Bettingpro Team Share Their Best Bets for the New Season

The 2017-18 Premier League season is nearly upon us and so the Bettingpro writers have provided predictions and betting tips for all of the Premier League 2017-18 season outright betting markets.

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