2015/2016 Barclays Premier League Preview

The Barclays Premier League is by far and away the most exciting, anticipated, and viewed football league in the whole world. Mammoth clubs battle away year after year for the chance to be champions of England.

Under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea swept away the competition last time around, wrapping the league up a few weeks early. Second placed Manchester City fell well short of the mark in second, while Arsenal came back from a dismal first half of the season to put together a run of wins that cemented them third and automatic Champions League qualification. Louis Van Gaal implemented a sea of changes in the Manchester United team to make sure they finished a respectable fourth, given their awful season the year before.

The first team to face the drop were Burnley, followed suit by Queens Park Rangers after a 6-0 demolition by Manchester City, and despite a brave showing- Hull were the last team relegated to League One.

The 2015/2016 season promises to be the most electrifying one yet, with every team seeming to bolster their squads in the hope of catching Chelsea. The Premier League is infamous for upsets, last minute dramas and unpredictable results. However, you can be sure Bet Xchange will be on top of the action, bringing you the latest and most accurate odds to shape your betting.

Lets take a look at the 20 teams competing this year.

ARSENAL
Last season: 3rd

With the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea and back-to-back FA Cup titles, Arsene Wenger will be looking to finally reclaim the title that’s eluded him for so long. The Gunners squad is filled with exciting and dynamic players, and they’re definitely the side to watch out for this year. Can they live up to the hype though? Or will Wenger’s boys finally give the Emirates faithful something to call their own?

ARSENAL ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
To win outright: 7/2
Top London Club: 18/10

ASTON VILLA
Last season: 17th

Villa survived by the skin of their teeth last time around, and manager Tim Sherwood will be adamant that the team starts strong to avoid the stress again. Aston Villa look a team of cast offs, and one can only wonder how this new squad is going to gel after the loss of striker Christian Benteke. They have a new captain in Micah Richards though, and the Villains will be hoping he’s the one to bring back some glory to Birmingham.

ASTON VILLA ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top Midlands Club: 5/1
To finish bottom: 14/1
BOURNEMOUTH
Last season: Promoted

The newly promoted Bournemouth look to face an uphill battle to survive in their very first season in the top flight, but then again they’re not much different from teams like Wigan, QPR, Swansea or Burnley- in that they could either sink or swim in the premier league. With a club record signing in Tyrone Mings, the Cherries will be looking to shock the world by staying up this year.

BOURNEMOUTH ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
To finish bottom: 4/1
Top promoted club: 22/10

CHELSEA
Last season: 1st

Chelsea is a team of power and pedigree. They grind out a result one week, and then demolish their opponents another. Losing is not a habit they’re used to, and it doesn’t look like anyone will be able to knock the crown off Jose Mourinho’s head. They are most definitely the team to beat, and the safest bet. However, with everyone around them seeming to strengthen, the onus will be on Chelsea to prove to everyone that they’re still the best.

CHELSEA ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
To win outright: 18/10
Top London club: 9/20

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CRYSTAL PALACE
Last season: 10th

The Eagles were a revelation the second half of last season following the arrival of Allen Pardew from Newcastle. He guided the Londoners to a very respectable 10th and will be looking to improve from there following the marquee signing of Yohan Cabaye from Paris St Germain. Their home form will be critical in them not only staying up, but pushing forward from last season.

CRYSTAL PALACE ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top London club: 150/1
To finish bottom: 28/1

EVERTON
Last season: 11th

Everton were poor last season, much to everyone’s surprise. However they look to be a squad that’s settled down, and Martinez’s men will be raring to go once again. Tom Cleverly got a lot of abuse from the English media while at Man Utd, but he looks to have found a home in Merseyside and the Toffees will look to be back to their resilient best.

EVERTON ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top northwest club: 33/1

LEICSTER CITY
Last season: 14th

Leicester pulled off a great escape last season after it looked for all the money in the world they’d be going down. This season they’ll of learnt their lessons and will look to put together a run of form that keeps them up again. After sacking Nigel Pearson, the burden of the new manager will be looking to keep the squad together, and after the signings of Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs, they should be just fine.

LEICSTER CITY ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top midlands club: 4/1
To finish bottom: 12/1

LIVERPOOL
Last season: 6th

Where to start with Liverpool? Brendan Rodgers seems to have the biggest budget yet least successful transfer history in England. They’ve still never fully recovered from losing Suarez to Barcelona and Sturridge couldn’t stay fit last season. After losing talismanic captain Steven Gerrard to America, this season could prove to be one of the toughest for the team. Or could they shock everyone and bring home some silver wear to Anfield? It’s hard to know, watch this space!

LIVERPOOL ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top northwest club: 8/1
To win outright:
30/1

MANCHESTER CITY
Last season: 2nd

With a seemingly endless supply of money, and a team full of world-class starts, it’s difficult to know why City isn’t just winning everything? They’re not, and its time they start dominating the English game as they probably could. However their squad looks ageing, and with just the addition of two incredibly over priced players in Delph and Sterling, City don’t look the fearful team they once did.

MANCHSTER CITY ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top northwest club: 8/10
To win outright: 28/10

MANCHESTER UNITED
Last season: 4th

One of the biggest teams in the world, the Red Devils seemed to take a step backwards following the retirement of Sir Alex, and a further two steps back when David Moyes held the reigns. The appointment of the vastly experienced Louis Van Gal was a masterstroke however, and last season, little by little they improved. This season they’ve spent mega money in bolstering the squad, and its up to the team to prove once again why they’re the most successful team in England. They’ll be an incredibly exciting team to watch this year.

MANCHSTER UNITED ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top northwest club: 15/10
To win outright: 5/1

NEWCASTLE
Last season: 15th

A disappointing end to last season saw Newcastle survive relegation in the final few games. This year they’ve added a few solid signings to a squad already brimming with so much potential, and new manager Steve McClaren will be looking for a strong season with his new team. Famously disappointing though, the Toon Army will flounder in mid table this season.

NEWCASTLE ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top northeast club: 5/10
To finish bottom: 12/1

NORWICH CITY
Last season: Promoted

Bouncing straight back in to the top flight is Norwich, who’ll be looking to solidify their very good Championship season with survival in the Premier League. They look a team very vulnerable at the back though, they always have, and teams in the Premier League have the quality to punish that. They’ll need to play each game like it’s a final to survive, but there are worse teams around them, so they should just.

NORWICH CITY ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
To finish bottom: 4/1
Top promoted club: 15/10

SOUTHAMPTON
Last season: 7th

The perennial over-achievers in the premier league, the seaside club have once again been raided in pre season for all its stars. Following the losses of so many players last season, no one gave them a chance, yet they finished a very respectable 7th. There’s no chance you can write them off again, and with some unknown signings who- given Southampton’s scouting ability could be stars- we’re in for another unpredictable season with the Saints.

SOUTHAMPTION ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
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STOKE CITY
Last season: 9th

The loss of Asmir Begovic is tough for the Potters, but they’re a notoriously tough and resilient team who no one enjoys playing against. They’ll be looking to get in to the faces of the big boys again this season, and with the signing of Marco Van Ginkel, they’ll definitely be responsible for a few upsets this season.

STOKE CITY ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top midlands club: 9/10
To finish bottom: 66/1

SUNDERLAND
Last season: 16th

How Sunderland are still in the premier league is a mystery, they seem to be in a relegation scrap year in year out. One doesn’t see it being any different this year, and with not much quality walking through the door it’ll be a surprise if they survive this time.

SUNDERLAND ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top northeast club: 15/10
To finish bottom: 8/1

SWANSEA
Last season: 8th

Many people’s “second team”, the Welsh outfit are a solid team with fantastic experience. No one predicted them to survive first time around, but these days they seem a staple in the top division. Once again this year they’ll be looking to challenge for a Europa League place, the idea of relegation doesn’t seem right for Swansea.

SWANSEA ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
To finish bottom: 50/1

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Last season: 5th

Constantly underachieving, the Lilly Whites seem more focused on unsettling Arsenal from the top 4 then anything else. They spent the huge money they made on Gareth Bale on some really poor signings, and this year again they don’t seem to of added any real quality. Still, Spurs are a solid side and are capable of beating anyone on their day. Harry Kane will be looking to improve on his incredible debut season last time around, and that can only be good news for the North Londoners.

Top London club: 20/1
To win outright: 100/1

WATFORD
Last season: Promoted

While it may be wonderful to see the London side back at the top, it doesn’t look they’ll be staying there for very long. They look to be this season’s whipping boys, but history shows they’re capable of an upset or two. Still, they wont be doing anything else this season but trying to survive.

WATFORD ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
To finish bottom: 5/2

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Last season: 13th

Rickie Lambert from Liverpool seems to be a very shrewd signing by the Baggies and he looks set to star there. They’re a team of fighters, and one cant seem them being drawn in to ay kind of relegation battle. They’ll sit comfortably in the middle.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top midlands club: 4/1
To finish bottom: 16/1

WEST HAM UNITED
Last season: 12th

With the sacking of manager Big Sam, it’s unpredictable which way the Hammers will swing this season. They could set London alight, or they could be struggling right at the bottom. It’s hard to see them relegated, but hard to see them doing anything particularly amazing either.

WEST HAM ODDS- (ALL CURRENT)
Top London club: 100/1
To finish bottom: 33/1