By News Team
3rd August 2022
The wait is finally over. Football came home. And now, the Premier League is back for the 2022/23 season!
So, ahead of Crystal Palace v Arsenal on Friday, we asked some of William Hill’s ambassadors and presenters to give us their predictions for the new campaign.
Who are you backing to lift the title?
Manchester City are firm favourites for the title with our panel, with five of the six backing the Sky Blues to retain their crown.
“I can’t look no further than Man City,” said Rio. “Recruitment has been efficient and with [Erling] Haaland, they’ve got the best in the market.
“And [they’ve got] squad depth with someone like [Kalvin] Phillips as well. The only one I think will be a loss for them is [Raheem] Sterling, but I feel this season [Jack] Grealish will step up and become one of the main men.”
City are odds-on to win the Premier League, while David Alorka’s shout, Chelsea, are 16/1. Last year’s runners-up Liverpool are 2/1 to claim their second title in three seasons. Man Utd and Arsenal are outsiders at 25/1 and 40/1 respectively.
Who will make the top four?
Rio Ferdinand – Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Man Utd
Jermaine Jenas – Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea
Robbie Savage – Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd
Emma Jones – Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs
AP McCoy – Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal
David Alorka – Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd
The top-four line-up has a familiar look to it with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea appearing in everyone’s predictions. The final spot has split opinion, though, with Spurs, Man Utd and Arsenal all featuring.
For Gunners fan AP McCoy, a top-four finish is a must for Mikel Arteta. “They have to get top four,” he told us. “If they don’t, I think it’s a failure given the investment and trust put in the manager.
“Anything less than top-four is a sackable offence for me. It’s his [Arteta] team now.”
Arsenal, bolstered by the arrivals of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, are 13/8 to secure a Champions League spot. Their north-London rivals Spurs are odds-on to do the same. And it’s 7/4 that Erik ten Hag delivers a top-four finish in his first season at Old Trafford.
Who will be relegated?
According to our panel, things are not looking good for promoted sides Bournemouth and Fulham. The Cottagers may have won the Championship but four of six have picked them to go down. Meanwhile, Bournemouth appear in every prediction
The final relegation place appears wide open with the likes of Nottingham Forest (11/10), Everton (7/2), Leeds (9/4), Brentford (5/2) and Southampton (3/1) all featuring.
Who will be the surprise package?
Rio Ferdinand – Aston Villa
Jermaine Jenas – Nottingham Forest
Robbie Savage – Nottingham Forest
Emma Jones – Nottingham Forest
AP McCoy – Nottingham Forest
David Alorka – Fulham
Nottingham Forest ended their 23-year Premier League exile in May with victory over Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final. And our panel are predicting big things from Steve Cooper’s side this season.
Forest have added the likes of Jesse Lingard, Neco Williams and Omar Richards to their squad and are odds-on to survive this season, while you can get 8/1 on them finishing in the top half come May.
Who are you backing to win the Golden Boot?
Manchester City have once again strengthened their squad for the new season and one of those new arrivals is being backed to shine in front of goal.
Erling Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 games (all comps) for Borussia Dortmund before moving to Manchester and netted on his City debut in a friendly win over Bayern Munich.
The Norwegian striker is 11/4 to claim the Golden Boot in his first season, closely followed by Mohamed Salah (9/2) and Harry Kane (6/1).
Son Heung-min shared the award with Salah last season, he’s 14/1 to win it again. Cristiano Ronaldo is also 14/1.
Who will be the 2022/23 breakthrough star?
Rio Ferdinand – Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)
Jermaine Jenas – Ryan Sessegnon (Spurs)
Robbie Savage – Julian Alvarez (Man City)
Emma Jones – Julian Alvarez (Man City)
AP McCoy – William Saliba (Arsenal)
David Alorka – Zidane Iqbal (Man Utd)
Every season has a star who comes from nowhere to announce themselves at the top level. Think Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Who will be the name of everyone’s lips at the end of the 2022/23 campaign? Our panel are expecting big things from Julian Alvarez, who has joined Manchester City from River Plate. He was on the scoresheet in City’s 3-1 Community Shield defeat to Liverpool.
Rio Ferdinand is backing Eberechi Eze to kick on from his first top-flight season with Crystal Palace, while Jermaine Jenas thinks this could be a big year for Ryan Sessegnon. Man Utd teenager Zidane Iqbal is David Alorka’s one to watch out for.
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