*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change
On your marks, set, go! The Premier League show is back on the road as another marathon campaign beckons for the 20 teams.
Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to engage in another ding-dong battle for the title, the top-four race looks set to be another thriller, while the promoted trio of Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest will be out to avoid an instant return to the Championship.
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We can hardly wait for the new season and our handy club-by-club guide – plus predictions based off Paddy’s prices – is here to give you a steer ahead of the big kick-off.
It all begins with Crystal Palace v Arsenal on Friday, August 5 and you can check out the latest Premier League betting odds on the Paddy Power website.
TRANSFERS: IN – Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Marquinhos (Sao Paulo), Matt Turner (New England Revolution), Fabio Vieira (Porto), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) OUT – Bernd Leno (Fulham), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Crystal Palace (A) August 5, PRE-WORLD CUP – Wolves (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – West Ham (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Wolves (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 5th
After bottling fourth place, the Gunners have to contend with a season in the Europa League but *whisper it quietly* these are exciting times at the Emirates Stadium with big money spent on Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira this summer. A title challenge is probably out of the question but Arsenal fans will be expecting a top-four finish this term.
TRANSFERS: IN – Diego Carlos (Sevilla), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Boubacar Kamara (Marseille), Robin Olsen (Roma), Ludwig Augustinsson (Sevilla) OUT – Wesley (Levante), Matt Targett (Newcastle), Trezeguet (Trabzonspor), Conor Hourihane (Derby County)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Bournemouth (A) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Brighton (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Liverpool (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Brighton (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 14th
Steven Gerrard takes charge of his first full campaign at Aston Villa after a mixed bag of results following his appointment as Dean Smith’s successor last term. Philippe Coutinho has returned on a permanent basis while early deals for Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos sent out a statement as the Villans look to break into the top 10.
TRANSFERS: IN – Joe Rothwell (Blackburn), Ryan Fredericks (West Ham), Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) OUT – Gavin Kilkenny (Stoke), Robbie Brady (Preston)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Aston Villa (H) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Everton (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Chelsea (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Everton (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 2nd (Championship)
Scott Parker already has a Premier League relegation on his managerial CV but he added a second Championship promotion to his resume in his debut season at Bournemouth as they finished runners-up behind Fulham. The Cherries boss has bemoaned a lack of transfer activity and a challenging campaign is on the cards for Paddy Power’s relegation favourites.
TRANSFERS: IN – Aaron Hickey (Bologna), Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull), Thomas Strakosha (Lazio), Ben Mee (Burnley) OUT – Christian Eriksen (Manchester United), Zanka (Released), Marcus Forss (Middlesbrough)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Leicester (A) August 7, PRE-WORLD CUP – Man City (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Tottenham (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Man City (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 13th
The Bees were the surprise package of last season as they buzzed to a terrific 13th-place finish in their debut Premier League campaign, but the departure of Christian Eriksen and the threat of second-season syndrome means things could be a bit tougher this time around. Brentford are smart recruiters, however, and promising duo Keane Lewis-Potter and Aaron Hickey are exciting additions to Thomas Frank’s settled squad.
TRANSFERS: IN – Julio Enciso (Libertad Asuncion), Simon Adingra (Nordsjaelland), Benicio Baker-Boaitey (Porto) OUT – Yves Bissouma (Tottenham), Leo Ostigard (Napoli), Alex Cochrane (Hearts), Jayson Molumby (West Brom)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Man Utd (A) August 7, PRE-WORLD CUP – Aston Villa (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Southampton (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Aston Villa (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 9th
The Seagulls soared to a club-record ninth in last season’s table so Graham Potter will have to work his magic once again to climb to greater heights. The departure of Yves Bissouma to Tottenham is a major blow and the xG kings desperately need someone to find their shooting boots.
TRANSFERS: IN – Raheem Sterling (Man City), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) OUT – Andreas Christensen (Barcelona), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Everton (A) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Newcastle (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Bournemouth (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Newcastle (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 3rd
A change of ownership, some major ins and outs, and a hammering from Arsenal in a pre-season friendly means it’s been an eventful summer for the Blues, who head into the new campaign probably targeting a top-four finish as opposed to a title charge. Romelu Lukaku has been sent back to Inter Milan after flopping last term, which leaves Chelsea without an experienced number nine but Raheem Sterling should be among the goals.
TRANSFERS: IN – Chris Richards (Bayern Munich), Malcolm Ebiowei (Derby), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Cheick Doucoure (Lens) OUT – Martin Kelly (Released)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Arsenal (H) August 5, PRE-WORLD CUP – Nottingham Forest (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Fulham (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Nottingham Forest (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 12th
Patrick Vieira will be eager to build on last season’s promising campaign and some decent arrivals – topped by £21m man Cheick Doucoure – has Eagles fans thinking their team could fly into the top half. And before you ask, yes, Joel Ward will probably still be at right-back.
TRANSFERS: IN – Ruben Vinagre (Sporting Lisbon), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Dwight McNeil (Burnley) OUT – Richarlison (Tottenham), Jonjoe Kenny (Hertha Berlin), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Released)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Chelsea (H) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Bournemouth (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Wolves (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Bournemouth (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 16th
Toffees fans had the sweet relief of avoiding relegation after a nightmare campaign but it looks set to be another difficult year following the mega-money sale of Richarlison to Tottenham. Everton saw Burnley fall through the trap door and decided to sign two of their better players – James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil – otherwise Frank Lampard hasn’t been too busy in the transfer market.
TRANSFERS: IN – Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Joao Palhinha (Sporting Lisbon), Andreas Pereira (Manchester United), Manor Solomon (Shakhtar Donetsk), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg) OUT – Fabio Carvalho (Liverpool), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguisa (Napoli), Jean Michael Seri (Hull City), Cyrus Christie (Released, Fabri (Released), Michael Hector (Released), Alfie Mawson (Released)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Liverpool (H) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Manchester United (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Crystal Palace (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Manchester United (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 1st (Championship)
Aleksandar Mitrovic hit a record 43 goals as Fulham romped to the Championship crown last term and Whites fans will be hoping it’s a case of third time lucky after their last two promotions ended in Premier League failure. Marco Silva’s bemoaned the fact he’s had a threadbare squad to work with in pre-season and the club hierarchy look set for a trolly dash after the season has started.
TRANSFERS: IN – Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg), Darko Gyabi (Manchester City), Rasmus Kristensen (Red Bull Salzburg), Marc Roca (Bayern Munich), Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord) OUT – Raphinha (Barcelona), (Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Charlie Cresswell (Millwall), Tyler Roberts (QPR), Jamie Shackleton (Millwall)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Wolves (H) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Tottenham (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Manchester City (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Tottenham (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 17th
Elland Road bigwigs bid adios to Marcelo Bielsa and turned to real life Ted Lasso Jesse Marsch to ensure their Premier League status last term. A final-day victory at Brentford got Leeds over the line and a summer spending spree has taken place in a bid to avoid another nail-biting campaign.
TRANSFERS: IN – None OUT – Eldin Jakupovic (Released)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Brentford (H) August 7, PRE-WORLD CUP – West Ham (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Newcastle (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – West Ham (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 8th
Proof of the Foxes’ progress is that it was far from a vintage year but they still managed to finish eighth in the table and four points off Europe. Jamie Vardy isn’t getting any younger, James Maddison is wanted by Newcastle and there haven’t been any arrivals at the King Power Stadium so another season outside the top seven could beckon for Leicester.
TRANSFERS: IN – Calvin Ramsay (Aberdeen), Darwin Nunez (Benfica), Fabio Carvalho (Fulham) OUT – Tyler Morton (Blackburn), Ben Davies (Rangers), Rhys Williams (Blackpool), Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest), Divock Origi (AC Milan), Loris Karius (Released), Sheyi Ojo (Cardiff), Ben Woodburn (Preston), Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Takumi Minamino (Monaco)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Fulham (A) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Southampton (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Aston Villa (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Southampton (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 2nd
The Reds will be seeking to go one better after last season’s near miss and the pressure will be on big-money signing Darwin Nunez to hit the ground running following the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich. A 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield was the ideal way to head into the new season.
TRANSFERS: IN – Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Stefan Ortega (Arminia Bielefeld), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) OUT – Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Pedro Porro (Sporting Lisbon), Gavin Bazunu (Southampton), Fernandinho (Athletico Paranaense), CJ Egan-Riley (Burnley), Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Burnley), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Darko Gyabi (Leeds), Tommy Doyle (Sheffield Utd), Romeo Lavia (Southampton), Callum Doyle (Coventry), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Arijanet Muric (Burnley), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – West Ham (A) August 7, PRE-WORLD CUP – Brentford (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Leeds (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Brentford (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 1st
A summer of change at the Etihad with Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips arriving for a combined £100m with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho all departing. Manchester City are bidding to become the second club in Premier League history to top the table three seasons in a row and they’re Paddy Power’s title favourites.
TRANSFERS: IN – Christian Eriksen (Brentford), Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord), Lisandro Martinez (Ajax) OUT – Paul Pogba (Juventus), Juan Mata (Released), Jesse Lingard (Released), Nemanja Matic (Roma), Edinson Cavani (Released), Lee Grant (Released), Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest), Dylan Levitt (Dundee United), Andreas Pereira (Fulham)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Brighton (H) August 7, PRE-WORLD CUP – Fulham (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Nottingham Forest (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Everton (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 6th
Are the Red Devils the Premier League’s new banter club? Old Trafford bigwigs have turned to Erik ten Haag after last season’s omnishambles but the Cristiano Ronaldo and Frankie de Jong transfer sagas are starting to overshadow Manchester United’s build up to the new season.
TRANSFERS: IN – Matt Targett (Aston Villa), Nick Pope (Burnley), Sven Botman (Lille) OUT – Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United), Freddie Woodman (Preston), Isaac Hayden (Norwich), Jeff Hendrick (Reading), Dwight Gayle (Stoke)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Nottingham Forest (H) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Chelsea (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Leicester (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Chelsea (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 11th
The world’s richest club finished like a train after strengthening Eddie Howe’s squad in the January transfer window so expectations on Tyneside are at their highest in years. £35m defender Sven Botman is the headline summer signing but Newcastle have been frustrated in their efforts to strengthen further up the pitch ahead of a push for the European places.
TRANSFERS: IN – Orel Mangala (Stuttgart), Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin), Moussa Niakhate (Mainz), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Brandon Aguilera (Alajuelense), Giulian Biancone (Troyes), Omar Richards (Bayern Munich), Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Wayne Hennessey (Burnley), Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield), Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) OUT – Jonathan Panzo (Coventry), Brice Samba (RC Lens), Tobias Figueiredo (Hull), Ethan Horvath (Luton), Lewis Grabban (Released), Carl Jenkinson (Released)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Newcastle (A) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Crystal Palace (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Manchester United (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Crystal Palace (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 4th (Championship)
The Championship play-off winners are back in the top flight for the first time since 1999 and they’ve had to splash the cash to beef up their squad in a bid to ensure they aren’t immediately dumped back to the second tier. Can Steve Cooper get his revamped group to gel? He’s worked miracles before…
TRANSFERS: IN – Armel Bella-Kotchap (VfL Bochum), Romeo Lavia (Man City), Joe Aribo (Rangers), Gavin Bazunu (Man City), Mateusz Lis (Altay), Sekou Mara (Bordeaux) OUT – Fraser Forster (Tottenham), Shane Long (Reading), Will Smallbone (Stoke)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Tottenham (A) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Liverpool (A) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Brighton (H) December 26, FINAL DAY – Liverpool (H) May 28
LAST SEASON: 15th
Saints fans will probably be quite happy if they can get through a whole season that doesn’t involve one absolute thrashing but their poor form in the second half of the last campaign should be cause for concern. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad has been given a refresh including the £15m signing of Irish keeper Gavin Bazunu but Southampton are more likely to be scrapping for their lives rather than challenging the top 10.
TRANSFERS: IN – Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Yves Bissouma (Brighton), Richarlison (Everton), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Djed Spence (Middlesbrough) OUT – Joe Rondon (Rennes), Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), Jack Clarke (Sunderland), Troy Parrott (Preston), Dane Scarlett (Portsmouth)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Southampton (H) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Leeds (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Brentford (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Leeds (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 4th
Are Spurs set to launch a title challenge? Well, probably not but Tottenham look a good bet to be the best of the rest after backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market. Harry Kane and co are back in the Champions League as well so things are looking rosy in the white half of north London.
TRANSFERS: IN – Nayef Aguerd (Rennes), Alphonse Areola (PSG), Flynn Downes (Swansea), Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo) OUT – Aji Alese (Sunderland), Mark Noble (Retired), Andriy Yarmolenko (Al Ain), Ryan Fredericks (Bournemouth)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Man City (H) August 7, PRE-WORLD CUP – Leicester (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Arsenal (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Leicester (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 7th
Hammers fans will be purring if they get an extended tour of Europe in the Conference League and consolidate their position in the Premier League. It threatens to be a marathon campaign for West Ham but David Moyes’ long search for a striker finally came to fruition with Gianluca Scamacca arriving for more than £30m.
TRANSFERS: IN – Hwang Hee-chan (RB Leipzig), Nathan Collins (Burnley) OUT – Fabio Silva (Anderlecht), Ruben Vinagre (Sporting CP), Romain Saiss (Besiktas), John Ruddy (Birmingham), Ki-Jana Hoever (PSV), Ryan Giles (Middlesbrough), Marcal (Released)
KEY FIXTURES: OPENING DAY – Leeds (A) August 6, PRE-WORLD CUP – Arsenal (H) November 12, POST-WORLD CUP – Everton (A) December 26, FINAL DAY – Arsenal (A) May 28
LAST SEASON: 10th
Wolves were the lowest scorers of the 17 teams that avoided the drop last term so you can be forgiven for forgetting about Bruno Lage guiding the Molineux club to a respectable 10th-place finish. It’s been a pretty uneventful summer with Nathan Collins being the biggest of their signings and, incredibly, Adama Traore is still on their books.
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change
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