North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are likely to attract plenty of interest in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Arsenal will be confident of improving on a lowly eighth place after showing clear signs of progress after Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery.
The Gunners, who won five of their last eight league fixtures before beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, head to promoted Fulham for a London derby in their first match of the new season.
Arteta has signed Brazil international Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and is hoping to tie Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new contract.
He has warned his players he does not want them to come back for pre-season resting on the laurels of their FA Cup success.
“I have to look at the players, how they come from holidays, how they come after winning, I want to see that reaction,” he told Arsenal Digital.
“You know, are they going to be a little more relaxed because we’ve done something or are they going to come with ‘Okay, this is nothing that we’ve done.
“We have to go to the next level, we have to apply ourselves better, we have to improve in a lot of areas and we have to dominate many other aspects of the game that at the moment we cannot control?’.
“If that is the mindset, then I am very positive that we will be sitting here in a year’s time really happy. But I hope we take that road straight away.”
Tottenham only suffered one league defeat after returning from lockdown and eventually finished sixth in the table.
Jose Mourinho, whose side host Everton on the opening day, commented: “When all the players are available, we showed in this last period where we belong.
“I don’t know, maybe in this period, after lockdown, we finished third or fourth in the table.”
Can Leicester last the course?
Chairman Bruce Buck hailed Frank Lampard for sealing Champions League qualification in a campaign where the Blues battled a transfer ban and blooded a host of young talents.
“In the round, we think it was a very successful season,” Buck declared. “Frank is a very positive force for Chelsea.
“He’s Chelsea through and through and that continues to show through. He carries a lot of credibility. It’s an exciting time for Chelsea.”
The Blues have already sealed high-profile transfers for prolific Germany striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Morocco assist king Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
Leicester only just fell short in fifth last term after being in the top three for most of the campaign and are 13/2 to go at least one better next time.
The Foxes head to promoted West Brom for their opener and Brendan Rodgers stated: “We finished in the second highest league position in the club’s Premier League history. It takes us into Europe and I’m really excited by that.
“It’s that next step for this squad. We’ve arrived a bit earlier than what we thought but the boys have had a very good season.
“I can’t fault their effort and spirit, next year it’s about ambition, improving the quality and this experience will serve us really well.”
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