Which clubs might spring a surprise in the Premier League this season?

With the Premier League now up and running for a new campaign, some clubs opening results and new signings have certainly caused a stir. This could be one of the most competitive EPL seasons for years, as who will be involved in the title race, European qualification and relegation all up for debate. For example:

  • Is this going to be the predicted two horse race for the title or could a different side challenge?
  • Who will finish in the top four – it looks wide open this season?
  • Can the three newly promoted sides survive?
  • Will we see another big name drop into the Championship?

Can Chelsea challenge Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race?

chelsea fcChelsea’s exciting new signings, in the shape of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, have caught the eye, but it might take them a bit of time to adapt to the pace of the Premier League. But with players, such as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning from injuries that kept them out for much of last season, Frank Lampard has a very strong squad on paper.

There is also the emergence of Reece James, whose thunderbolt on the opening weekend of the season helped Chelsea to comfortable 3-1 win at Brighton. It might be asking a lot of the Blues young side to challenge Liverpool and City, but they have moved into 8/1 third favourites for the title with William Hill and are 5/4 in the w/o Man City and Liverpool market.

Could Everton be a surprise package?

Carlo Ancelotti looks to be working his magic at Goodison Park and there is an excitement amongst the fans that hasn’t been seen in years. The Italian has bolstered his midfield with the signings of Allan from Napoli, Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford, and James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. The signing of Rodriguez on a free transfer looks to be an incredibly shrewd bit of business.

Everton also have Dominic Calvert-Lewin in their ranks, a forward who is really beginning to blossom for the Toffees. And it was his goal that earnt Everton an impressive opening day win at Tottenham Hotspur. They look set to challenge towards the top end of the Premier League and are priced at 11/4 with William Hill to finish in the top six. But could they even push for a top four finish? They are a 10/1 shot to achieve that.

Will Leeds be too good to go down?

We often see teams who are promoted from the Championship struggle in the Premier League and make an instant return to the second tier. That was the case with Norwich City, who won the Championship title in 2019, but finished bottom of the Premier League and were relegated last season.

Of the three teams promoted last season, Fulham and West Brom are favourites to go back down. However, the same cannot be said of Leeds who are now 9/2 for relegation with William Hill after an impressive opening day display at Liverpool. In fact, the Yorkshire club are as short as 13/8 for a top-half finish, and William Hill will even offer 12/1 for them to finish in the top six. Time will tell.