English Premier League 2016 – Players, Managers And Odds

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Written By Hasan Rezazadeh

The English Premier League kicks off for a new season this weekend and many top teams have a lot of new faces on and off the pitch.

Clubs are flush with cash from the latest round of selling TV rights, and even the bottom-placed team this season will pick up around £100 million as a share of the cash bonanza.

Off the pitch, Manchester United have former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the dug-out.

Not to be outdone, new managers are also starting the season at Manchester City (Pep Guardiola), Sunderland (David Moyes), Chelsea (Antonio Conte), Southampton (Claude Puel), Everton (Ronald Koeman), Middlesbrough (Aitor Karanka) and Watford (Walter Mazzarri).

Guardiola, Karanka, Puel and Mazzarri are both new arrivals in the Premier League. The rest have had varying degrees of success and failure in the past.

Prodigal Pogba returns

On the pitch, prodigal son Paul Pogba returns to Manchester United with an £89 million price tag after leaving in 2012 on a free transfer.

Other high profile players – read ‘expensive’ – gracing the Premier League this season include Zlatan Ibramovich (Manchester United), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) and Leroy Sane (Manchester City).

The 20 clubs in the league have spent £475 million on players so far in the summer close season, which is a shade down on the £515 million spent in the same period last year.

The big question is who will win?

The smart money is on one of the big teams – Manchester City (21/10), Manchester United (7/2), Arsenal (6/1) or Chelsea (13/2).

Aliens landing in London

Defending champions Leicester come in at 33/1.

Manager Claudio Ranieri is taking some pressure of his team by saying aliens have more chance of landing in Piccadilly Circus, London, than his team keeping their hands on the title.

Despite the money and big foreign players on even bigger wages, the English national team had a humiliating Euro 2016, going out to Iceland.

The fact is barring Gareth Bale, few British players are snapped up by foreign teams and no foreign club sides have a British manager.

The British game is club based and the players fail to make an international mark any more.