English Premier League 2023/24 Season Preview [Expert Analysis]
As the Premier League enters its third game week of the new season, punters and fans have had a brief insight into what to expect from their clubs.
The Premier League is famous for its unpredictability and uncertainty at the best of times. It’s the most watched competition in the world attracting lots of bettors with a wide range of EPL betting offers.
Here are my predictions – do you agree?
Top Five Predictions
With each passing year, the Premier League continues to add on teams that are competing for a top five finish and Champions League qualification.
Newcastle United, after their successful takeover, were the latest addition to join the group last season, as well as Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa claiming European football for the 23/24 campaign.
The Magpies are currently evens to finish in a Champions League-qualifying spot this season with Bet365, even with their battling of more competitions this season at a higher level.
Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United have had a shaky start, winning narrowly against Wolves 1-0 and losing 0-2 to Tottenham Hotspur, but they remain at evens to qualify once again for the Champions League.
Liverpool and Tottenham, who have both had mixed transfer windows so far, are certainly within reaching distance of top five finish. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are 4/6 with PaddyPower while Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs are rated 7/2 to claim top-tier European football next season.
Surprise of the Season
Under Unai Emery and new sporting director Monchi, Aston Villa fans have a lot to be happy about with their transfer business this summer.
Having brought in key targets such as Pau Torres, Moussa Diaby and Youri Tielemans, the Villains look set to have a fantastic season both domestically and in Europe.
Ollie Watkins, who netted three times against Hibernian in their UEFA Conference League qualifying game this week, is a centre forward that can score in abundance and will continue to do so.
Villa are 11/4 to win the Conference League and 8/1 to finish in the top five in the Premier League with BetVictor.
Player of the Season
A player who continually improves year on year and is already at an elite level is Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.
The England international notched up 14 Premier League goals and a further 11 assists in 38 appearances last season, which is an unbelievable tally that challenges the best in Europe for his position.
Saka is 40/1 to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season with Bet365, which might be a step too far given he remains in the same competition as Erling Haaland, but there is no doubt that he will be up there with one of the league’s best.
Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah paved the way in recent years for a right winger to be a consistent goal threat and assist contributor, and it now looks like Saka is going to be on the Egyptian’s heels at the age of 21 and wanting to better him.
Arsenal are improving season on season and Saka is firmly at the centre of their attacking football.
The Premier League is becoming more and more competitive each year, with the finances needed to remain in division also reaching new, astronomical levels.
It is difficult for newly promoted teams to remain in England’s top flight due to disparity in quality between the Premier League and Championship, but there have clear cases of teams finding a way through expert management or shrewd recruitment in recent years.
Luton, who have been promoted to the Premier League for the very first time, have had teething issues over stadium regulations and are only playing away matches for the time being. While they will show their dogged side throughout the season and take points off teams, their squad looks to be a level or two below what is required to formulate a season surviving the drop. They are the favourites at 2/5 with SkyBet to be relegated.
Sheffield United, similarly to Luton, are a newly promoted team from the Championship who enjoyed great success last season. It is fair to say that finances have been an issue this time round and having lost some of their best players – especially midfield maestro Sander Berge to Burnley.
The Blades have lost both of their opening games – to Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest – and look lacking up top in order of chance creation. While they are trying to bring Aston Villa’s Cameron Archer into the squad, they will struggle for goals this season.
Paul Heckingbottom’s team are 4/11 with the William Hill bookie to drop down to the Championship next season.
Everton have been fighting fire with fire for a number of seasons now and have narrowly avoided relegation. With their squad becoming thinner and less quality being attracted each season, the Toffees are going to find this season incredibly challenging.
While Sean Dyche is usually the man for the job in avoiding relegation, Everton are going to have to bring in a number of high profile players before the transfer window closes next week in order to give the manager a fighting chance.
With the unreliability of centre forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton’s goals have dried up this season as they have not scored in two games since the Premier League began. There is little doubt as to why they are priced at 7/4 with Bet365 to go down this season.