Crystal Palace could finish ahead of Southampton and Everton in the Premier League next season
We had a nibble on Crystal Palace for this market when the signing of Yohan Cabaye was announced and further acquisitions have simply strengthened the argument for backing the Eagles.
Bet365 offer 1/5 odds for the first three places and their 12/1 looks worth taking each-way, with a healthy return being enjoyed should Palace finish seventh, eighth or ninth.
Alan Pardew’s team finished tenth last season after their manager arrived midway through the campaign and shook the squad up. Neil Warnock had previously been labouring and Pardew had pulled up trees with Newcastle before doing the same with the Eagles.
The squad has been drastically improved on last season, with Cabaye the marquee signing, although Conor Wickham and Bakary Sako recently arriving strengthen the attacking options that the manager has at his disposal.
Sako in particular is an eye-catching signing. Wolves admitted defeat in trying to retain this powerful winger who scored fifteen goals for Wanderers last season and will surely make an impact in the Premier League.
Wickham provides added competition with Glen Murray and Dwight Gayle in attack, with Marouane Chamakh also part of proceedings and there will be Jason Puncheon operating in an advanced midfield position.
We’re more than happy to take a double-figure quote about Palace, with Southampton masquerading as 9/4 favourites with betway and Ronald Koeman’s team look set to go well.
However, Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne leaving will surely weaken Saints who have Europa League obligations this term, even if Jay Rodriguez should make an impact once he has properly recovered from injury.
Everton look like a negative considering John Stones is 50% likely to join Chelsea, with Stoke City and Swansea City the other teams who could feature in the top half.
However, Crystal Palace have surely completed the most impressive business of the summer transfer window to date and it is clear that the London club have their biggest budget yet when it comes to strengthening.
They look more backable than West Ham who have a potentially dud manager in Slaven Bilic, while Newcastle and West Brom will surely lag further behind.
Crystal Palace e/w in “without Big Six” market @ 12/1 with bet365
All odds were correct at time of posting.