Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur had the Premier League title race between them last season – but the bookmakers believe neither will finish in the top four at the end of 2016-17.
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Until the end of April it was clear that either Leicester or Spurs would become shock Premier League champions, and of course it was the Foxes who went on to complete a stunning 5,000/1 triumph by an astonishing 10 points as Tottenham were overhauled for second place by Arsenal.
However, the bookies think that 12 months on from their title triumph, Leicester will only be qualifying for the Europa League at best due to the resurgence of a few regular contenders following the appointments of new managers who are in the first full season with their current employers.
While Manchester City are favourites for the title and, by definition, to finish in the top four with Pep Guardiola at the helm, their local rivals Manchester United are expected by the layers to be in the midst of a dogfight to claim the other Champions League berths after Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal in the summer.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
The Red Devils were pipped by City for fourth position on goal difference last term but Mourinho has never finished lower than third in a completed season with any club since taking over at Porto in 2002.
Coming back more strongly are Mourinho’s previous employers Chelsea, who endured a disastrous defence of their title in 2015-16 and have brought in former Juventus and Italy coach Antonio Conte to try and transform their fortunes.
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have Manchester City and Chelsea long odds-on to finish in the top four, but Manchester United are only sixth favourites also behind Arsenal - who have qualified for a crack at the Champions League every season since 1998-99 and not finished fifth or lower since 1995-96 - Liverpool, and Tottenham.
Spurs are only a best price of 13/10 to finish in the top four despite being fifth in the betting, with Manchester United out to 23/10 and Everton next at 40/1 ahead of 50/1 Southampton and 100/1 chances Leicester.
2016-17 Premier League Top 4 finish best odds
23/10 Manchester United (Coral