Liverpool will hopefully launch an assault on the Premier League title next season, but which North West side is the favourite to finish highest?
With no major international tournament this summer, the weeks have felt longer and the start of next season cannot come soon enough.
It promises to be yet another fascinating Premier League campaign, with all of the top teams strengthening year upon year, and some wonderful players moving to the “greatest league in the world”.
The North West is likely to be heavily represented at the top of the table, with Liverpool desperate for a first league crown since 1990.
The question is, what are the Reds’ chances of being the top club from this region? Thanks to mobilebet’s bonus code, here’s how the bookies see things.
In with a shout
Jurgen Klopp will hopefully build Liverpool’s strongest squad in years this summer, with a lack of depth the main thing holding them back so many times in the past.
The Reds are currently 9/2 to finish 2017/18 as the top-placed North West side, which would give them a wonderful chance of title glory.
It looks a good bet, with Liverpool undoubtedly only getting better under Klopp.
They were second in that respect last season, with Man City narrowly ahead by two points come May, and the same applied in 2008/09 and 2013/14, with Man United and City just getting the better of them.
The last time they were the best team in the North West was in 2001/02, when Gerard Houllier’s side finished second in the table, behind Arsenal.
London trio Chelsea, Tottenham and the Gunners will all be a threat, but the current champions have more football next season, while the north London pair have to tackle playing at Wembley and in the Europa League, respectively.
City’s spending is set to be enormous in the coming weeks and months, so it is no surprise to see them as the favourites to top the North West pile, at 10/11.
As mentioned, they did exactly that last season, and Pep Guardiola’s side should be an even more fearsome proposition this time around.
10/11 is not great value, though, with only a bold stake making it a worthwhile bet. They remain something of an enigma at times, often failing to produce brilliance consistently over the course of a season.
United (13/8) will also be much stronger than in 2016/17, unfortunately, with Jose Mourinho set to splash the cash yet again.
The Portuguese has shown that he is a born winner over the years, and it would be a surprise if their league campaign wasn’t greatly improved upon. No team has been the top North West club more times (18) since the Premier League started.
If you want to cushion the blow of Everton somehow finishing above the rest – don’t laugh, you never know – their current odds are 33/1.
They have never achieved that in the Premier League era, so to say it would be a risky bet would be one of the understatements of the century.
Burnley are 500/1 – if you take a punt on that, we applaud you.