Arguably, the race for the European places in the Premier League is more interesting than the title race.
The opening weeks of the Premier League season are somewhat interesting, and before we know it, somebody is twenty points clear in first place.
You could probably name the Top 4 right now, or at least three of those places.There are a cluster of teams just below vying for the Champions League or the Europa League – whatever they can get.
Arsenal is 13/2 to make the top four and 15/8 to qualify for the Europa League. They have two problems. The first is their inability to rebuild their squad effectively. The second is the presence of upstart teams with smart approaches who believe they can usurp them. Leicester, Leeds, Aston Villa, Everton and Spurs all have equal chance to qualify for Europe.
Despite an opening day win over Manchester City, Spurs are in disarray. They are hard to predict currently, because we don’t know if Harry Kane will be there or not. At the moment, they are 7/2 to finish in the top 4 and 8/11 to finish in the top 6. With a new manager, the potential departure of their talisman and so much competition, it could be a tough season for Spurs.
Leicester are arguably the best of the rest and are favoured ahead of Arsenal and Spurs to finish in the top four at 12/5. They will likely end up in the top 6 regardless at odds of 4/6. It all depends on whether they can take that final step. This is something they have failed to do in each of the last two seasons, narrowly missing out on a Champions League place late in the year. They did win the F.A Cup last season to illustrate their progress. Third time lucky for Brendan Rodgers?