English Premier League 2017/2018 season preview

Chelsea crowned EPL winners

Chelsea have been crowned champions for the sixth time in their history. Antonio Conte's side have won the Premier League with two games to spare last term. Italian Conte is only the fourth manager to win the Premier League title at the first attempt, emulating his Stamford Bridge predecessors Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, as well as Manuel Pellegrini who achieved the feat with Manchester City. Conte, who claimed three Serie A titles as Juventus coach, has restored the club to the winners' circle by rebuilding from the chaotic end of Jose Mourinho's second reign. It is Chelsea's second title in three seasons and fifth in the Roman Abramovich era to go with their First Division crown back in 1954/55.

Man United2017456
Man City421243
West Brom1817131410
Leicester City1--14112
Stoke City-1399913
West Ham-101312711
Swansea City-91281215
Crystal Palace--11101514

The overall number of titles for each club in English Premiership since 1889 and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Southampton hire Pellegrino as new manager

Mauricio Pellegrino has been appointed as the new Southampton manager on a three-year deal. He replaces Claude Puel, who was sacked despite guiding Saints to eighth in the Premier League and the League Cup final in his first season. Pellegrino previously worked as an assistant coach at Liverpool and Inter Milan before taking on the role of head coach at Valencia in 2012. The Argentine lasted just seven months in charge at Valencia and returned to his native country in 2013, enjoying spells at Independiente and Estudiantes. Pellegrino chose to leave Spanish side Alaves in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton's: he led the club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season.

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Frank de Boer named Crystal Palace manager

Crystal Palace have announced the appointment of Frank de Boer as their new manager on a three-year contract. The former Ajax and Inter Milan manager become the club's eighth manager in seven years and replaces Sam Allardyce who left at the end of last season after guiding them to Premier League safety. De Boer has been without a club since being sacked by Inter last November, having lost seven of his 14 games in charge of the Italian giants. De Boer spent six years at Ajax, leading them to their first title in six years during his debut campaign as a manager back in 2010. He then won the league in each of the following three seasons before leaving in the summer of 2016.

Watford appoint Marco Silva as new manager

Watford have appointed former Hull boss Marco Silva as their new manager on a two-year contract. Silva is the ninth Watford boss in five years and the eighth since the Italian Pozzo family took over in 2012. The Portuguese manager replaced Mike Phelan at Hull in January but was unable to prevent relegation to the Championship. The 39-year old succeeds Walter Mazzarri at Vicarage Road, with the Italian dismissed before the final league match of a season in which the club finished 17th. Silva won the Greek title with Olympiacos in 2016 and the Portuguese Cup with Sporting in 2015. He had also coached with Estoril before moving to Hull in January of this year.

3Man. City784123-9-6
6Man. Utd.692518-15-5
10West Brom45-812-9-17
11West Ham45-1712-9-17
13Stoke City44-1511-11-16
18Hull City34-439-7-22

The English Premier League standings for the 2016/2017 season.

Manchester City favourites to win the Premier League

Manchester City are the bookmakers' favourites to win the Premier League this season. Pep Guardiola has splashed some serious cash this summer after having a disappointing first year in charge of the club. Instead of battling for the Premier League title, City ended up battling for fourth place with Liverpool and Arsenal, while Tottenham and Chelsea fought for first and second.

Chelsea won the league by seven points last term in manager Antonio Conte's debut season in England but the Italian has endured a frustrating summer window. Chelsea will be looking to defend their title without top scorer Diego Costa after Conte's decision to cast the Spanish striker out of his plans ahead of the new season. Conte, meanwhile, has invested heavily this summer, bringing in Antonio Rudiger, Willy Caballero, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.

Jose Mourinho is also looking ahead after a difficult debut season with Manchester United. United finished outside the top four for the third time in four seasons, but secured a Champions League berth by winning the Europa League and also tasted glory in the League Cup. Mourinho's teams traditionally peak in his second season and he has strengthened in each department with the acquisitions of Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku. Mourinho won the league in his second seasons at Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, as well as in both of his stints at Chelsea.

Tottenham finished second to Chelsea last season and moved out of White Hart Lane over the summer as the stadium is undergoing development, meaning they will play their home matches at Wembley. While all Tottenham's title rivals have gone cash crazy in preparation for the new Premier League season, manager Mauricio Pochettino has bought no one and sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City. However, Pochettino insists that is not because the club don't have the money but because they have a different philosophy to their big-spending Premier League rivals.

Liverpool and Arsenal's prices fluctuate from place to place, but no bookie has either side finishing in the top four.

Manchester City2.88Newcastle501
Manchester United4.5West Brom501
Tottenham10Crystal Palace501
West Ham351Huddersfield2001

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 English Premier League

FA Cup finals in last five years

2017   Arsenal - Chelsea   2:1
2016   Manchester United - Crystal Palace   2:1   (aet)
2015   Arsenal - Aston Villa   4:0
2014   Arsenal - Hull City   3:2   (aet)
2013   Wigan Athletic - Manchester City   1:0

League Cup finals in last five years

2017   Manchester United - Southampton   3:2
2016   Manchester City - Liverpool   1:1   (3:1 on penalties)
2015   Chelsea - Tottenham Hotspur   2:0
2014   Manchester City - Sunderland   3:1
2013   Swansea City - Bradford City   5:0

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)


Goalkeeper Petr Cech (7); Defense: Shkodran Mustafi (30), Hector Bellerin (30), Laurent Koscielny (22); Midfield: Mesut Ozil (50), Granit Xhaka (35), Aaron Ramsey (35), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (22); Forward: Alexis Sanchez (65), Alexandre Lacazette (40), Olivier Giroud (22).


Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (8); Defense: Nathan Ake (8), Steve Cook (5), Tyrone Mings (5), Adam Smith (5); Midfield: Jordon Ibe (8), Max Gradel (7), Lewis Cook (6); Forward: Benik Afobe (10), Callum Wilson (10), Joshua King (8).

Brighton & Hove Albion

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan (3.5); Defense: Lewis Dunk (5), Shane Duffy (5), Markus Suttner (2); Midfield: Dale Stephens (5), Pascal Gross (4), Biram Kayal (1.3); Forward: Anthony Knockaert (8), Isaiah Brown (5), Glenn Murray (3.5), Sam Baldock (3).


Goalkeeper Tom Heaton (4); Defense: Ben Mee (6), Charlie Taylor (5), Matthew Lowton (2.5); Midfield: Robbie Brady (10), Jeff Hendrick (6), Steven Defour (6), Jack Cork (5), Ashley Westwood (4); Forward: Andre Gray (10), Sam Vokes (4.5).


Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (40); Defense: David Luiz (30), Cesar Azpilicueta (30), Antonio Rudiger (25); Midfield: Eden Hazard (75), N'Golo Kante (50), Cesc Fabregas (35), Willian (32), Pedro (28); Forward: Diego Costa (50), Alvaro Morata (40).

Crystal Palace

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (4); Defense: Patrick van Aanholt (9), Jeffrey Schlupp (8), James Tomkins (7), Pape Souare (6); Midfield: Yohan Cabaye (15), Luka Milivojevic (10), James McArthur (7); Forward: Christian Benteke (28), Wilfried Zaha (18), Andros Townsend (12).


Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (15); Defense: Michael Keane (18), Seamus Coleman (17), Leighton Baines (12); Midfield: Ross Barkley (25), Morgan Schneiderlin (22), Idrissa Gueye (18), Davy Klaassen (18); Forward: Yannick Bolasie (20), Wayne Rooney (15), Kevin Mirallas (13).

Huddersfield Town

Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl (1.5); Defense: Zanka (2.5), Christopher Schindler (2), Tom Smith (2), Michael Hefele (1.5); Midfield: Aaron Mooy (5), Danny Williams (2), Jonathan Hogg (1); Forward: Tom Ince (7), Steve Mounie (5.5), Nahki Wells (5).

Leicester City

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (10); Defense: Harry Maguire (8), Christian Fuchs (6), Robert Huth (5); Midfield: Onyinye Ndidi (14), Nampalys Mendy (10), Vicente Iborra (9), Danny Drinkwater (9); Forward: Riyad Mahrez (30), Islam Slimani (25), Jamie Vardy (15).


Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (12); Defense: Joel Matip (25), Nathaniel Clyne (21), Dejan Lovren (17); Midfield: Philippe Coutinho (45), Georginio Wijnaldum (28), Jordan Henderson (28), Adam Lallana (25); Forward: Sadio Mane (40), Roberto Firmino (38), Mohamed Salah (35).

Manchester City

Goalkeeper Ederson (22); Defense: John Stones (35), Nicolas Otamendi (30), Kyle Walker (30), Vincent Kompany (22); Midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (65), Ilkay Gundogan (30), David Silva (30); Forward: Sergio Aguero (65), Raheem Sterling (45), Bernardo Silva (40).

Manchester United

Goalkeeper David de Gea (40); Defense: Eric Bailly (30), Victor Lindelof (22), Daley Blind (22); Midfield: Paul Pogba (75), Nemanja Matic (35), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (35), Ander Herrera (30), Juan Mata (30); Forward: Romelu Lukaku (50), Anthony Martial (30).

Newcastle United

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow (4.5); Defense: Chancel Mbemba (7), Florian Lejeune (5), Ciaran Clark (5); Midfield: Jonjo Shelvey (11), Matt Ritchie (9), Mohamed Diame (6), Siem de Jong (5.5); Forward: Dwight Gayle (10), Aleksandar Mitrovic (10), Ayoze Perez (8).


Goalkeeper Fraser Forster (15); Defense: Virgil van Dijk (30), Ryan Bertrand (20), Cedric Soares (15); Midfield: James Ward-Prowse (15), Sofiane Boufal (15), Jordy Clasie (10), Oriol Romeu (10); Forward: Dusan Tadic (17), Nathan Redmond (15), Manolo Gabbiadini (15).

Stoke City

Goalkeeper Jack Butland (15); Defense: Kurt Zouma (15), Ryan Shawcross (11), Erik Pieters (7), Glen Johnson (5); Midfield: Joe Allen (15), Giannelli Imbula (12), Charlie Adam (3.5); Forward: Xherdan Shaqiri (15), Saido Berahino (15), Mame Diouf (7).

Swansea City

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (9); Defense: Federico Fernandez (9), Alfie Mawson (6), Martin Olsson (5), Kyle Naughton (5); Midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson (25), Roque Mesa (12), Leroy Fer (8); Forward: Tammy Abraham (8), Jordan Ayew (7.5), Fernando Llorente (6).

Tottenham Hotspur

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (24); Defense: Toby Alderweireld (35), Jan Vertonghen (28), Danny Rose (28); Midfield: Dele Alli (45), Christian Eriksen (40), Victor Wanyama (25), Eric Dier (25); Forward: Harry Kane (60), Heung-Min Son (30), Erik Lamela (25).


Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon (3); Defense: Daryl Janmaat (7), Christian Kabasele (5.5), Sebastian Prodl (4); Midfield: Roberto Pereyra (15), Etienne Capoue (9), Will Hughes (8), Tom Cleverley (8); Forward: Troy Deeney (11), Stefano Okaka (6), Nordin Amrabat (4.5).

West Bromwich Albion

Goalkeeper Ben Foster (4); Defense: Jonny Evans (7), Craig Dawson (6), Allan Nyom (4.5); Midfield: Jake Livermore (7), James Morrison (5), Claudio Yacob (4); Forward: Nacer Chadli (15), Jose Salomon Rondon (15), Jay Rodriguez (10), Matt Phillips (9).

West Ham United

Goalkeeper Joe Hart (13); Defense: Aaron Cresswell (12), Winston Reid (10), Angelo Ogbonna (9); Midfield: Andre Ayew (18), Michail Antonio (18), Manuel Lanzini (15), Marko Arnautovic (15), Cheikhou Kouyate (12); Forward: Chicharito (18), Andy Carroll (10).

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