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Premier League 2017/2018 predictions and tips - Top 3 bets

  • The 2017-18 Premier League season is in full swing
  • Get our best three season-long outright betting tips here
  • Check back each week to get our best three weekend tips
The Premier League trophy (credit: Getty Images)

The 2017-18 Premier League is in full swing and you can get our three best bets on the action for each weekend here - plus our three season-long outright best bets!

History of the Premier League

The top tier of the English football league pyramid became the Premier League in 1992 as clubs in the top division agreed to branch away from the Football League to take advantage of a lucrative television broadcasting deal which has helped the league to become one of the most popular and instantly recognisable in world football.

Before 1992, the division was known simply as Division One in the pyramid and was dominated by many different teams over the decades. Preston North End were the first winners of the trophy back in 1888 and the likes of Liverpool, Sunderland and Huddersfield Town enjoyed spells of dominance in different eras.

In 1992, however, the game at the top level in England began to change quickly and none of those teams mentioned above have been able to win the trophy since with Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers the only teams to lift the famous trophy thus far.

Now the competition includes players from across the globe and is watched by supporters from every far-flung corner of the earth, with the top teams raking in huge amounts of money through TV broadcasting deals, merchandising and sponsorship which in turn has led to massive transfer fees and wages for the top players in the division.

After Leicester City's astonishing win in 2016, more normal service was resumed as Chelsea managed to lift the trophy last season while the rest of the top six was occupied by Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, as expected. 

Premier League 2017-18 Season Guide

We are into another season of thrilling Premier League action. Let's be honest, just a few weeks into the summer break we were already desperate for the football to return, for Soccer Saturday, Match of the Day, pies at the game, a few pre-match pints and of course Saturday afternoon accumulator bets!

Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town are competing in the Premier League for the first time having won promotion from the Championship last season alongside title-winners Newcastle United. Those three teams replace Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Hull City who were relegated last term.

The usual suspects will no doubt be fighting it out for the title at the top of the table. Reigning champions Chelsea now have European competition to contend with also, while London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will be looking to be competitive alongside Manchester clubs City and United.

Liverpool are also looking to build on their top-four finish of last season after a fine campaign under Jurgen Klopp, while Everton have spent wisely and could be looking to break into the top four. Alongside the newly-promoted sides, you can expect the likes of Swansea City and Watford to struggle somewhat.

Premier League Outright Odds

Chelsea were the dominant Premier League team last season but, with Champions League football likely to be a drain on their squad, the bookmakers are making both Manchester United and Manchester City shorter odds to win the title with both sides having added serious quality to their squads over the summer.

After those three favourites, Tottenham Hotspur, last year's runners-up, are next in the list despite having to play at Wembley this season during the construction of their new stadium, while Jurgen Klopp is looking to continue improving his Liverpool squad and Arsene Wenger is hoping his Arsenal side can improve dramatically on last year's disappointment.

Of course, the odds below will change as results and form fluctuate, so keep checking back on the automatically-updated table below for the latest outright odds on the Premier League 2017-18 winner. 

Our Top 3 Bets for the 2017-18 Premier League season

Looking for some Premier League betting tips? Every match-week, we will add our Top 3 Premier League betting tips for the forthcoming games below. Before the competition got under way, however, we had a good look at the outright markets and came up with our outright tips which are as follows...

1) Manchester City to win the Premier League @ 4/6 with BetStars

After a year settling into life in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola will want to make this season a success at Manchester City and made a statement of intent in the summer with the signings of Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, Ederson from Benfica, Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur and Danilo from Real Madrid for a combined £200million. A year older and wiser, Pep will be desperate to prove himself as the top boss in England and we think his squad has the quality to do so.

With Gabriel Jesus looking like a real talent, he will help to negate the absence of injured Sergio Aguero while the likes of David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan add serious world-class quality in the middle of the park and as such, we think the Cityzens will be a real force to be reckoned with over the remainder of the campaign.

2) Newcastle United to be relegated at 11/1 with BetVictor

Newcastle United were relegated the season before last in strange circumstances, but they returned at the first time of asking after winning the Championship last season - but is this current squad good enough to stay up? The only additions that have been made since relegation do not, on paper, seem like the kind of players that can kick the Magpies on to the next level.

Rafael Benitez is undoubtedly a talented manager and any hopes of survival are roundly pinned on the Spaniard, but with 11/1 odds for relegation the bookies seem to think the North East side will be as safe as houses in the Premier League this season. We are not so sure.

3) Paul Pogba to win Player of the Year at 25/1 with 188BET

After a slow first season back in the Premier League, Paul Pogba is expected to pull the strings for Manchester United this season when he returns from a hamstring injury. Although the Red Devils won three trophies last season, they did not reach the heights expected of them in the league and this year their manager Jose Mourinho has already extracted improved performances from his squad and British football's most expensive player in particular.

There can be no doubt the France international has the skill to orchestrate from the middle of the park and with his incredible vision and passing ability, he could be the man to lead United to a more successful season in the Premier League - and do not be surprised to see him pull off a few world-class goals in the process.

Our Top 3 Bets for the Premier League this week

1) Manchester City -2 on the handicap at home to Stoke City @ 9/8 with SportingBet (15:00 BST Saturday kick-off)

City will know exactly where they stand in relation to their local rivals and fellow Premier League front-runners Manchester United going into this game but, whatever has happened at Anfield earlier, we do not expect Pep Guardiola’s side to slip up.

Stoke have scored a miserable total of one goal in their nine Premier League visits to the Etihad Stadium – albeit it did earn them three points – while a rampant City side have won six of their last seven matches to nil and this should end in another comfortable victory.

2) Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth – Harry Kane first goalscorer @ 9/5 with SunBets

The odds are pretty skinny, but how on earth could you not back Kane to continue his remarkable goalscoring run?

The England striker has bagged 15 in his last 10 appearances for club and country and just for good measure, he has notched six in only three games against Bournemouth.

3) Arsenal -1 on the handicap away to Watford @ 7/4 with Betfair Sportsbook

Arsenal are back on an even keel after their awful end to August and this should be a seventh win in eight matches as they make the short journey to Vicarage Road.

Watford have started the season promisingly, but away form has been their strong suit and they were hammered 6-0 at home by Manchester City. It’s unlikely to be anywhere near as emphatic for the Gunners, but they should have a goal or two to spare.

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Premier League 2017/2018 predictions and tips - Top 3 bets

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