The race for the top four is likely to capture the imagination of Premier League fans in 2021/2022 as always, but who are the favourites to qualify for the Champions League?
While many will expect the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to finish in the top four this season, it may not be as simple a task has it has been in previous years with the likes of Leicester City and West Ham United looking to build on positive campaigns last time out.
What’s more, both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are under new management and of course Liverpool and Manchester United will be hoping to cling onto their Champions League berths after securing top four finishes last season.
Who are the favourites to secure a top 4 finish?
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Liverpool Top 4 Odds: Can Liverpool regroup after a tricky 20/21?
It took some time for Liverpool to mount a real top four tilt last season, but the Reds managed to haul themselves into the Champions League qualification spots in dramatic circumstances in the end, thanks in no small part to a winning goal from their ‘keeper Allison Becker against West Bromwich Albion.
Jurgen Klopp will hope that with his two first-choice centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez returning, his side can be more consistent this year and the odds of 2/9 reflect that the bookmakers appear to agree.
Sky Bet Top Four Odds: 2/9
Leicester Top 4 Odds: Can Brendan Rodgers hold firm this year?
The last two seasons have seemed to promise Champions League football returning to the King Power Stadium only for the Foxes to crumble in the latter stages of the season and tumble out of the top four places, replaced by Manchester United in 2019/2020 and Liverpool in 2020/2021.
Brendan Rodgers has looked to bolster his squad somewhat with signings such as Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare who he will hope will give the squad the kind of strength in depth required to compete in both the Premier League and the Europa League over the full season this time around.
Sky Bet Top Four Odds: 4/1
Manchester United Top 4 Odds: Will a 3rd top 4 finish be enough for Ole?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still fighting for his first silverware as Manchester United boss, but finishing in the top four in the last two seasons will be considered something of an achievement too given the Red Devils’ struggles for consistency under their two previous managers, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.
What’s more, the Norwegian boss has already strengthened considerably by adding Jadon Sancho to his squad and potentially Raphael Varane. It would be a huge backwards step if United were to fall out of the top four this season and Solskjaer’s target will surely be to challenge Manchester City for the title this time around.
Sky Bet Top Four Odds: 4/11
Chelsea Top 4 Odds: Tuchel looks safe to secure top 4 in his first full season
While the story of the season last time out for Chelsea was undoubtedly their incredible Champions League victory in Porto, it cannot be overlooked that they managed to secure a top four finish with relative ease once Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard during the campaign.
The German boss instilled a more steely approach that helped the Blues to regain some consistency and that kind of consistency will once again prove pivotal if they’re to achieve another top four finish. In reality though, Champions League qualification would be the absolute bare minimum expected of the Blues this term.
Sky Bet Top Four Odds: 1/4
Arsenal Top 4 Odds: Can Arteta stop the rot and turn it around?
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may feel slightly fortunate to have kept his job last season following another disappointing campaign for the club. Regaining Champions League status has been the aim at the Emirates Stadium for some time, but the Gunners appear to be struggling to keep up with their rivals towards the top of the table.
Some interesting signings with room for development suggest that the North London club will continue to believe in Arteta’s project, but the bookmakers’ odds suggest that it could take a few more seasons before that plan of action is realised.
Sky Bet Top Four Odds: 7/2
Tottenham Top 4 Odds: Keeping Harry Kane will prove paramount
As the transfer saga surrounding star man Harry Kane rumbles on, Tottenham look to begin a new era under Nuno Espirito Santo this season. While they are linked with some interesting new signings, it feels like this will be a transitional campaign at best in North London.
The Lilywhites fell away spectacularly in the second half of last season and should Kane leave then they may struggle to replace his goals, even with Heung-min Son having recently signed a new deal. They’ll also need to tighten up at the back having shipped 45 goals last term.
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