Manchester United are 2.3 to get back into the leading quartet under Erik ten Hag next season in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds.
The Red Devils slumped to sixth last term after the move to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with short-term option Ralf Rangnick backfired.
Former Ajax boss Ten Hag has been handed the huge task of rebuilding the ailing giants, who won the title for a record 20th time in 2013 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign!
United will begin the new season by entertaining Brighton on Sunday, August 7, before visiting Brentford and then hosting Liverpool.
Ten Hag has to find suitable replacements for some high-profile departures, with Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani departing.
United will have their squad depth tested to the limit in October, as they will have to fit three Europa League group games around a gruelling Premier League schedule.
The Red Devils have six tricky league fixtures during the month, beginning with a Manchester derby at the Etihad and featuring a trip to Chelsea straight after the midweek visit of Tottenham.
The fixture computer has cut Ten Hag some slack, however, with the mid-season break for the World Cup bookended by matches against two of the promoted teams and a relatively easy run-in.
Antonio Conte helped Tottenham climb up to fourth last season after arriving in November and Spurs are 1.7 to achieve that feat again.
Spurs have already been active in the transfer market, bringing in veteran winger Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan and second-string keeper Fraser Forster for free.
They have also agreed a £30million deal for highly-rated Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma and start out by entertaining Southampton.
Awkward start for Blues
Chelsea put their off-field issues to one side when finishing third behind Manchester City and Liverpool last season.
However, long-term benefactor Roman Abramovich is now gone, along with Antonio Rudiger and probably Romelu Lukaku, so the new owners have some work to do.
Thomas Tuchel remains at the helm and the Blues can be backed at 1.7 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds, but a tricky start sees them visit Everton and Leeds either side of hosting Tottenham.
Arsenal paid a costly price for late losses to Tottenham and Newcastle when fifth last term and are 3.0 to fare at least one spot better.
The Gunners made a bad start to the season in 2021-22, losing their opening three games by an aggregate of nine goals to nil, but will expect to fare much better this year.
They travel to Crystal Palace for the August 5 curtain raiser and a September trip to Old Trafford is the only one of their first eight fixtures against a team expected to finish in the top six.
Newcastle showed great improvement under Eddie Howe last term, winning 12 of their final 18 top-flight fixtures.
Aston Villa defender Matt Targett has joined the Magpies, who have lots more money to spend and are 8.5 to make the leading quartet.
West Ham and Leicester have both gone close in recent campaigns and are 17.0 respectively for this market.
August 5 – Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
August 6 – Bournemouth vs Aston Villa, Everton vs Chelsea, Fulham vs Liverpool, Leeds vs Wolves, Leicester vs Brentford, Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest, Tottenham vs Southampton
August 7 – Man Utd vs Brighton, West Ham vs Man City
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