The 2023/24 Premier League season starts on August 11: which clubs will finish in the top four?
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Predictions for the Premier League’s top four
Winning the Premier League title is only a realistic goal for a handful of clubs. In recent seasons, the battle for the top four has often been more intriguing than the race for the league title.
Every member of England’s big six will be aiming for Champions League qualification in the 2023/24 campaign.
Newcastle are set to turn the six into a seven, with several ambitious underdogs looking to crush the party.
Manchester City are widely expected to secure a place in the top four, with bet365 rating them at 1/12.
So we’ve taken advantage of this insight to focus on the other contenders to finish between first and fourth in the Premier League this season.
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Liverpool should be much improved after a disappointing season (8/15)
Considered Manchester City’s closest title challenger last season, Liverpool have instead slumped to fifth place.
Jurgen Klopp’s men rallied late with fine form but still failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Liverpool will surely improve this season, not least because they have strengthened their squad over the summer.
Klopp is a world-class manager who has done a magnificent job at Anfield, so it’s no surprise that Liverpool have every chance of finishing in the top four.
Arsenal need to show last season wasn’t a one-time event (2/5)
Arsenal missed out on the top four in 2021/22 in painful fashion, as arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur propelled them to the post.
They put that disappointment behind them last season, finishing second and just five points off first place.
Mikel Arteta has once again made Arsenal a force, and top players are keen to join the club once again – evidenced by the signings of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz from West Ham United and Chelsea respectively.
The Arsenal team contains a lot of talent and Arteta is an astute head coach. But the Gunners will have to balance the Premier League and the Champions League this time around.
Manchester United and Newcastle United aim to stay put (8/11 and 6/4)
Erik ten Hag fulfilled his mission during his first campaign as Manchester United manager. A third-place finish was a good result for the Dutchman, who also helped end the club’s six-year drought by winning the EFL Cup.
United are expected to start again this season, although they are crippled by the ongoing takeover saga.
A quick resolution is needed if the Red Devils are to have a productive summer in the transfer market. Either way, a place in the top four is up for grabs for United.
Bookmakers are less sure of Newcastle, who finished fourth last season. It was a tremendous accomplishment that few saw coming, but now the Magpies are here to get shot.
Newcastle had no continental commitments last season so they were entirely free to focus on domestic matters.
Their participation in the Champions League this time around could have an impact on their league standings.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur aim to return (6/4 and 7/2)
Chelsea spent nearly £600million on new players in 2022/23 and then finished 12th. It was a truly disastrous campaign for a club used to winning silverware.
Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming for a top-four finish in his first season at Stamford Bridge. The squad has been reduced and the Chelsea manager has plenty of qualities to draw on.
The Blues, however, face stiff competition to qualify for the Champions League.
It’s the same for Tottenham. Ange Postecoglou has done a great job at Celtic and in his previous jobs in Japan and Australia, but the Premier League will be the highest level he has achieved.
In addition, doubts remain over the future of Harry Kane, wanted by Bayern Munich – and without whom Spurs have little chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Brighton, Aston Villa and West Ham United among the underdogs (11/2, 7/1 and 25/1)
Brighton became everyone’s second favorite team last season. Roberto De Zerbi has committed his future to the club (at least for now) and they are seen as the most likely underdogs to make the top four.
Aston Villa are ambitious and Unai Emery has done a magnificent job guiding them to the Europa League Conference in 2022/23.
But even though Emery is a master in continental competition, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to improve Villa’s league position in a season when Tottenham and Chelsea are expected to be much stronger.
As for West Ham, they are unlikely to be embroiled in another relegation battle, but getting involved in the top-four race will surely overtake them, especially without Declan Rice.
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About the Author
Greg Lea is a freelance football writer from London. He mainly covers the Premier League and has published work in the Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPN and others.
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