Every season the English Premier League betting markets trot out the same list of names of those clubs most likely to finish in the top four. Essentially, it can be seen as a six-horse race and then everyone else has to fight it out for seventh.
This kind of monotony is not particularly good for the competition as audiences will become increasingly disenfranchised with the lack of competitive edge and, therefore, drama. With the top six sides already set to receive an increase in money from the foreign TV rights deal, this gap in quality could be about to get a lot bigger yet there is still a feeling that, for a few sides, 2019-20 could be a big year.
With that in mind, we take a look at which of the trailing pack have the best chance of breaking the grip the top six sides have on the Premier League’s highest positions. Read on to see who we reckon could challenge the top six:
Position in 2018-19: 8th
The Toffees had an up and down season last year but they ended strongly giving supporters hope that they will be far better in the upcoming campaign.
Everton are already being linked with new players but will have to fight to hold onto their best talent, with Lucas Digne being targeted by Tottenham. Yerry Mina and Richarlison will also need to be protected from potential suitors but with Marco Silva finally appearing to get a handle on things towards the end of the 2018-19 season there is plenty to be positive about.
The Toffees are backed at 6/1 but they must get the recruitment spot on or it could be another campaign of inconsistent performances.
Position in 2018-19: 7th
Wolves are clearly a side who mean business. They have ambitious owners and considering last season was their first campaign since winning promotion, it was extremely impressive. They will, no doubt, be looking to spend big during the summer and with odds of 6/1 in Premier League betting markets, there is certainly a feeling that they could push their way into the top six.
They have already broken their transfer record with the permanent signing of Raul Jimenez for €38 million and given the likelihood of more deals being more completed before the start of the season, they should have an excellent chance of pushing on again in 2019-20.
Position in 2018-19: 10th
The Hammers just pip Leicester and Palace as the outsider in this race mainly due to the backing manager Manuel Pellegrini is expected to receive during the summer. The Premier League-winning coach was able to turnaround a poor start to finish in the top-half last season and he has already signed two goalkeepers and is being linked with defender Guillermo Maripan.
“I know what the team is capable of, we have a lot of talented footballers, we can play football well, everybody sees that, everybody knows that and we have to show that.”https://t.co/MbtfHqx8zT
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 11, 2019
The Hammers may have to cut their losses and cash in on Marko Arnautovic who appears to be dividing opinion among the fan base. The Austrian will be aware of interest from some big cubs and might be enticed elsewhere but if the price is right for the 30-year-old then the Hammers should take it and give Pellegrini a bigger war chest with which to work in 2019-20.
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