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Pre-season is underway throughout England and Wales, the fixtures have been announced, and new signings are waltzing into empty stadiums holding scarfs aloft. It’s about the perfect time to line up a long-shot ante-post bet ahead of the new campaign.
SkyBet’s RequestABet outright markets are littered with intriguing-looking punts. In this instance, the bookmaker was kind enough to offer 40/1 for this pre-season long-shot.
Taking positions this early in the summer has its pitfalls. Clubs will still be scrambling to fill their playing staff quota for the season, namely Derby County, leaving us with some guesswork to do. Nevertheless, it’s the unknown and the guesswork that generates lofty prices.
If Manchester United fails to convince with new signings and Tottenham’s fresh faces hit the ground running from week one, that could wrap up our Premier League picks. An overhaul at Derby and a new brand of football bring its question marks at Burnley, whilst Scott Parker and Paul Warne may have something to say about us dooming both for the drop. In the meat of the article below, I’ll dissect each pick and briefly explain the thinking behind the six components.
– Tottenham to finish in top 4
– Manchester Utd to finish outside top 4
– Burnley to finish in top 6
– Derby to finish in top 6
– Bournemouth to be relegated
– Rotherham to be relegated
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Tottenham to Finish Top 4
There’s change afoot at Spurs, similarly to most of the clubs in this article. Djed Spence is the latest addition after succeeding Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan. Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, and £60-million club-record signing Richarlison make up the notable new faces.
Antonio Conte, who has a contract until June 2023, has been given the nod to mould his Tottenham Hotspur team how he sees fit. And it’s no wonder. The Italian head-honcho won 17 of 28 in the league last term, losing just six matches. For a manager coming into the Premier League in December, his 2.00 points per90 average is good going.
With Conte able to imprint his philosophy and recruit Antonio Conte-type players, Spurs fans should be excited for the campaign ahead. The former Inter Milan and Juventus gaffer is a serial winner and has proved as much everywhere he has been. The top two may be out of reach, but that battle for the top 4 alongside Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United is well within their grasp.
Man United Not To Finish Top 6
Look, whichever way you approach it, Erik ten Haag has a seismic job on his hands. The current playing squad aren’t good enough to compete with the Premier League’s very best just yet, but there’s undoubtedly a breadth of talent at his disposal.
Each and every manager in the post-Ferguson era has flattered to deceive at Manchester United. If Erik ten Haag is the one to break that mould, muscling two of Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal out of the way for Champions League football remains an enormous task.
We’ve touched on Tottenham and why they may impress this season, but Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea is the remaining team that should clinch a top 4 position. Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly are statement signings for the blue faction of London, offering an insight into how the new Chelsea regime wants to proceed. Arsenal will also provide stiff competition to all the above. Arteta, unlike United, had his business done early – impressive business at that.
It will be a work in progress at Old Trafford, a project that needs a period of rebuilding. The dizzy heights of the Premier League’s top 4 shouldn’t be the benchmark for success for United this season. Instead, the target should be an evident change in style and philosophy. Under Erik ten Haag’s tutelage, that is achievable.
Ronaldo unexpectedly wants out, United continue to move slowly in the transfer market, unlike their Premier League counterparts, and there’s plenty of change from top to bottom at the club. Given the above, there are just too many unanswered questions to get behind United for a top 4 finish, given the standard of competition.
Burnley To Finish Top 6
It was expected to be a busy summer in Burnley, and we haven’t been disappointed. Nine outgoings and eight new signings so far, with the change in personnel set to continue. For me, Scott Twine is the pick of the bunch. Whichever Championship club was going to win the race for Twine was taking a step towards realising Premier League ambitions. He’s that good.
Luke McNally, a progressive ball-carrying centre half from Oxford, and Manchester City’s double-barrelled duo Taylor Harwood-Bellis and CJ Egan-Riley arrive as Kompany’s central defensive options. It’s refreshing to see the shift in Burnley’s approach in the transfer market under their new owners – young, hungry professionals looking to further their careers. Gone are the days of signing experienced heads approaching their twilight years.
The main concern for Burnley falling short of the top 6 has to be Kompany’s lack of know-how in the Championship. Couple that unfamiliarity with a relatively inexperienced squad, and there’s the potential to become unstuck.
In the past few days alone, Anderlecht’s Josh Cullen and Dutch u21 international and Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen have opted for Burnley – two players who should be shining lights in the Championship in 2022/23. And if Burnley can keep hold of either of Dwight Mcneil and Maxwel Cornet, it should be an exciting season at Turf Moor.
Derby To Finish Top 6
Local property developer David Clowes has swooped in and offered a much-needed lifeline for Derby County. Two weeks ago, the upcoming 2022/23 season looked as bleak as it could get with only a handful of contracted players on the books.
Fast forward to only a few weeks later, and Derby boasts the signings of Conor Hourihane, David McGoldrick, James Collins and James Chester, to name a few, with Davies and Stearman resigning to ensure a defensive solidity.
The fact of the matter is if Wayne Rooney’s Derby managed to keep their head above water and remained in the Championship, the aforementioned names, plus Joe Wildsmith in net, Tom Barkhuizen, and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing would have all been regarded as good business. However, now in League One, the quality harnessed and brought into the squad is imposing.
Taking off the rose-tinted, transfer-clouded glasses, there are, undoubtedly, concerns ahead of the season. This selection isn’t a given. Pre-season began with a limited cohort of players you could count on two hands. Thankfully the takeover came, but not quite quick enough to oversee a desirable start to the off-season. There are still signings to be made and bedded into the squad, all whilst losing playing staff that turned heads last season in the Championship.
The Rams are susceptible to losing Knight, Bielik and Byrne before the season begins, whilst a sizeable incoming fee is rumoured for midfielder Max Bird. Key squad members’ potential outgoings add to losing Festy Ebosele to Udinese, Tom Lawrence to Rangers, and nine others during the summer. As a result, derby County has a big job on their hands. This is a near-complete overhaul of a squad headed by a semi-fresh pair of eyes in Liam Rosenior.
As a single, Derby’s top 6 finish is best priced at 2.25 on Boylesports. Come next May that could prove to be a cracking price.
Rotherham To Be Relegated
It will be another tough season for Championship new boys, Rotherham. The Millers clinched promotion last term to ensure another stay in the second tier, the sixth since the 2014/15 season.
In Rotherham’s previous five Championship outings, three have ended in relegation. The other two campaigns saw United remain in the division by the skin of their teeth* (21st*/21st*/24th/22nd/23rd).
Despite another promotion from League One for Rotherham, League One title-hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday were able to turn the heads of Michael Smith and Michael Ihiekwe. The former Millers pair were instrumental at the New York Stadium last season, notching up 87 appearances between them. The latter, Michael Smith, enjoyed a 19-goal season in League One to catapult Rotherham up the league. Two huge blows.
Second to Smith in the goalscoring charts was another vacating Rotherham. Freddie Ladapo’s 11 goals turned the heads of Ipswich Town and gave another headache for manager Paul Warne. Conor Washington and Tom Eaves are the trusted potential strike pairing arriving in terms of incomings at the club. The two 30-year-olds boast just 23 Championship goals between them in their career. Yet, that doesn’t mean the upcoming season is doomed for the new-look Rotherham attack.
On the face of things, It’s difficult to envisage anything other than the Millers struggling through another Championship season. For that reason, and with the teams that will likely be alongside them strengthening in the summer, the dreaded relegation spots won’t be too far away.
Bournemouth To Be Relegated
Similarly to Rotherham, it should be an uphill battle for Bournemouth in 2022/23. Scott Parker’s Cherries managed automatic promotion at the end of last season but that jump to take on England’s best is often too high.
Ryan Fredericks was brought in from West Ham, whilst former Blackburn man Joe Rothwell’s four-year deal makes up the entirety of Bournemouth’s transfer activity. It’s somewhat uninspiring so far for a team that needs improvement to have a chance of remaining in the Premier League when the curtain falls after 38-games.
Centre forward Dominic Solanke is tasked with firing his side to safety on the South coast. There are apparent concerns if you’re a Cherries fan, with Solanke scoring three goals in his 32 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth the season before last. Nevertheless, the 29 goals as a main striker in the Championship may dampen worries for some. It’s not fair to say that Bournemouth’s survival rests on Solanke, but without goals from the frontmen, newly-promoted barren Premier League sides face a bleak and likely premature top-flight stay.
There isn’t enough to convince me otherwise that the Cherries have enough to fend off relegation. Of course, there’s time left to get deals over the line, which could be their saving grace. But, right now, Scott Parker’s men provide a sturdy addition to Sky’s RequestABet.