Leicester City 'To Finish In The Bottom Half' (Betting Tip) | Friday 22nd July
The new football season might be a few weeks away but we’ve our man Chris Millas (@ChrisMMillas) has already dug out our first bet…and it involves last season’s Champions Leicester City.
Leicester City ‘To Finish In The Bottom Half’ (Betting Tip)
Before we go into detail, the bet here is Leicester City ‘To Finish In The Bottom Half’ of the 2016/2017 Premier League at best odds of 11/4 with Betfair.
Let’s just get one thing straight – The Foxes fully deserved to win the Premier League. After finishing on 81 points, a full 10 points more than second placed Arsenal, Leicester boasted the joint second best defence (conceding 36 goals) and were by far the most consistent team in the league, validated by only losing 3 games. Whatever you think of their playing style, you have to play to your strengths and that is exactly what Claudio Ranieri got his team to do.
However, we can’t hide from the fact that the rest of the title ‘contenders’ didn’t really help themselves.
Arsenal haven’t looked like mounting a serious title challenge since they last won it in 2004. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs’ looked to be Leicester’s main rivals towards the final quarter of the season but in the end finished third – still a good achievement. Man City hugely under-performed and some will say they were lucky to finish fourth after pipping Man Utd on goal difference. Pep Guardiola was also announced as Pellegrini’s successor halfway through the season which didn’t help things. Louis Van Gaal never really settled and fans weren’t happy with his style of play. Liverpool were in transition after sacking Brendan Rodgers and bringing in Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea, well, the less said about them the better.
I see the coming Premier League season as being the most competitive for a long time (although it feels like I say that every year).
Arsenal are always there or there-about and Wenger has never failed to finish outside the top four in the Premier League.
I expect another strong season from Spurs and am looking forward to seeing if the team can progress again.
In the blue half of Manchester, it will be interesting to see how long it takes Guardiola to adjust to the league but with the players he has at his disposal, with the new players he’s bought in mixed in with his managing pedigree, I see a strong title challenge.
Over in the red half of Manchester, Mourinho is a born winner and will be hungry to ‘prove’ himself again after last season’s drama at Chelsea.
Speaking of the Blue Lions, new manager Conte will relish the challenge ahead of him and there’s no reason why he can’t guide them to glory, who by the way, are currently 6/1 to win it with no Champions League or Europa League football to worry about.
Klopp meanwhile will have settled in at Liverpool by now and will be looking to cause what would be a surprise in the bookies eyes if The Reds managed to lift the trophy.
I’ve listed 6 teams above. Furthermore, the likes of Everton (under new manager Ronald Koeman), West Ham (after a superb term last year), Stoke and Crystal Palace (who have both made creditable signings already this summer) will all be hoping for a top 10 finish this season.
Yes Ranieri has made a number of signings this summer including Nampalys Mendy from Nice and Ahmed Musa from CSKA, but with midfield workhorse N’Golo Kanté now at Chelsea and uncertainty surrounding a number of players including Riyad Mahrez and Leonardo Ulloa I’m happy to bet against The Blues here.
On top of this, The Foxes have Champions League football to contend with (and possibly Europa League football depending on where they finish in the group) which will surely take priority over the Premier League. We all know how European football can take its toll on players, especially if it’s something you’re not used to.
For me, what Leicester did last season was a one-off (fans won’t give a care in the world – and why should they). It was truly remarkable, unbelievable, amazing, all the good words you can think of. It’s why we love the Premier League and let’s remember (again) they were available at odds of 5000/1 at the start of the season.
What goes up must come down however and with this in mind I don’t think our bet of a bottom half finish will be far off come next May. At odds of 11/4 we think this is too good to miss.