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Premier League top 4 odds: Foxes receive Shield boost

Leicester are 9/2 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds after upsetting Manchester City 1-0 to claim Community Shield glory.

An 89th-minute penalty from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho gave last season’s FA Cup winners another day out to remember at Wembley.

Brendan Rodgers beamed: “The guys showed great spirit, great quality and eventually got the winning goal.

“We had a great feeling coming here on the back of the FA Cup final and it was a great occasion.”

The Foxes have narrowly missed out on Champions League football for the past two seasons, finishing fifth on each occasion.

However, Rodgers has strengthened by bringing in Zambia striker Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg for £23m and young Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare for £17m.

Arsenal are also 9/2 to make the leading quartet after being active in the transfer market.

Brighton defender Ben White has arrived at Emirates Stadium for £50m, much to the delight of manager Mikel Arteta.

He said: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing.

“Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons.

“He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown what a strong talent he is.

“Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us.”

Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and Portugal U21 defender Nuno Tavares are other new recruits, with James Maddison believed to be the next target.

Spurs put faith in Nuno

Tottenham are another team quoted at 9/2 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds after appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as their new permanent head coach.

The Portuguese boss left Wolves at the end of last season and stays in England as the successor to Jose Mourinho, who was axed in April.

Spurs could only manage seventh place last season, finishing five points adrift of Chelsea in fourth.

“When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy,” said Nuno.

“It’s simple; we improve players, we try to make them better, to improve them every day.

“If we achieve that, our team will improve, our club will improve and this is our philosophy.”

Argentina defender Cristian Romero, former Atalanta team-mate Pierluigi Gollini and Sevilla winger Bryan Gil have been signed.

The big business could be still to happen, though, with Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez rumoured to be a replacement for Harry Kane.

Everton have turned to ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez to succeed Carlo Ancelotti and the Toffees are 11/1 here.

“I believe this is a club that is going places,” stated the 61-year-old Spaniard. “I’m determined to play a big part in helping this great club achieve its ambitions.”

Hammers happy to stick with Moyes

David Moyes has been handed a new three-year contract by West Ham after getting to within two points of the top four.

“I’m excited to be given this opportunity to build on what we all have already achieved here,” said the Scot, with the Hammers 14/1 to make the leading quartet this time.

“The owners and I are fully aligned with how we want to keep developing and improving the football club.

“We have made tremendous progress in the past 15 months and that has been a collective effort from everyone at the club.

“We must keep pushing boundaries for consistent improvement as we all aim to continue the growing of the club.”

Leeds received plenty of plaudits for their efforts in making the top half of the table and are 12/1 in this market.

They have completed the signing of full-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona for a fee of £12.8m.

Of last season’s top four, Manchester City are 1/20 to achieve this feat again, with Chelsea and Liverpool both 2/9 and Manchester United 3/10.

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