Neymar Jr. might have captured the football world's headlines over the last few weeks ahead of his €222 million move from Barcelona to PSG, but the Brazilian's skills won't make him a Premier League star this season. Indeed, even though Neymar Jr. has been talked about by virtually every football fan in the world, his name will eventually fade into the fog of French football when the Premier League's top players kick into action.
With the 2017/2018 Premier League season set to be another roller coaster of emotions for everyone involved, thoughts are now turning to the players that could thrive in the coming months. As ever, the overall star of the Premier League will be the one named Player of the Year, but there are plenty of other opportunities for those in the mix to shine this season!
Prior to the start of each English Premier League season, some shrewd bettors spend the weeks and/or months leading up strategizing which team to back as the ultimate outright winner of the league while other loyal fans simply back their favourite teams in hopes to replicating the magic Leicester City fans experienced in 2015/2016.
And the 2017/2018 EPL season is no different with the outright league winner odds going live weeks ago across a number of our top betting sites meaning those looking to bet of the EPL have not needed to wait for the action on the field to start the wagering. For those not just blindly backing their favourite squad, here are some tips for betting the outright winner of the EPL in 2017:
Now that you've learned a few key factors to consider when betting the outright winner of the Premier League, it's time to check out the odds placed by the top betting sites. The bookmakers at Bet365 have Chelsea and Man United listed as favourites (at 7/2 each) but using our tips should lead you more toward a team like Arsenal, who added world-class talent in Alexandre Lacazette and are listed just outside the top 4 at 11/1.
Perhaps one of the most interesting player races this time around will be the Premier League newbies. With new teams coming up, foreign talent coming in and youngsters rising through the ranks, there are plenty of "new" faces we can look at as potential stars of the Premier League this season.
Of the big-name players transferring to the top flight of English football, Alvaro Morata could be one to watch. Before moving to Chelsea for £70 million, the Spaniard notched up 15 goals from 55 shots. Now, if you look through our list of top football betting sites, the striker's name isn't currently among the betting favourites for the golden boot.
According to bet365's oddsmakers, Tottenham's Harry Kane is 3/1 to retain his top scorer title while Morata is out at 10/1. Even if he isn't a full-on goal machine in terms of volume, his accuracy can't be denied. He was the most accurate player in La Liga last season and could well do the same in the Premier League in 2017/2018.
For those players moving up from the Championship to the Premier League, Brighton's Glenn Murray may be a name to remember. Despite being 34 in September, Murray notched up 33 goals in the Championship year with a conversion rate of 26.82%.
Now, it's unlikely he'll replicate that form in the Premier League and the oddsmakers at Paddy Power currently have him as a 100/1 outsider to claim the golden boot. However, with 151 aerial battles won last season, the veteran striker could surprise a lot of people and play a pivotal role in Brighton's survival chances.
When it comes to emerging talent, England's under 20s World Cup win will give the Premier League's youngsters a lot of confidence heading into the 2017/2018 season. Having won on the international stage, the likes of Marcus Rashford and Demarai Gray will be names to look out for.
For many, Dele Alli will be the frontrunner for the PFA Young Player of the Year. At 4/1 with Bet365, he could be a positive bet, but many are looking at Everton's Tom Davies as a potential dark horse. His team's young player of the year last season and a memorable goal against Manchester City prove he's got the potential to be one of the Premier League's rising stars this year.
At this stage, the Liverpool local is 20/1 at Paddy Power to become PFA Young Player of the Year while the aforementioned Rashford is currently 6/1. Beyond the top scorers and rising talent, every player in the league will be looking at the PFA's Player of the Year race. The latest betting lines at Paddy Power have last season's winner, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, out at 20/1.
While retaining the title is tough, there could easily be some value in this bet given his performances with Leicester and Chelsea over the last two seasons. For those with an eye on the betting favourites, Kane is once again leading the way. Assuming he fulfils expectations and becomes top scorer again, 7/1 on him becoming PFA Player of the Year isn't a bad bet.
Whichever way you slice it, whatever player you put your money on, it's clear the forthcoming season is going to be packed with high-quality action. With many of the world's top players lining up for a chance to lift English football's most prestigious trophy, we can expect a number of stars to shine over the next few months.
Harry Kane is clearly the name on many spectators' lips when it comes to goals and overall performances. But with some highly talented youngsters on the verge of breaking into the upper echelons of the game, there could be some surprise performances this season.
Whose star will eventually shine the brightest? Only time will tell, but one thing you can be certain of is that our partner betting sites will give you all the best odds on all the best players throughout the season, so head over to the Bet365 sportsbook today and receive a generous welcome bonus to get you started!