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Who Will Win The 2016/17 Premier League?

The new Premier League season is underway, and already we've seen both plenty of surprises and things that we've expected. But who is going to finish atop the table in May is still very much anyone's guess.

At this point in the season, every single point and goal matters, and it probably will for sometime which is why the EPL has earned its reputation as the most exciting league in the world. Now is also the perfect time to capitalize on those futures bets that earned all those punters smart enough to wager on Leicester last autumn huge sums of money. This can all now be done from your sofa, so you don't have to move anywhere to make that crucial bet.

Before you do that though, read below our best guesses as to who will win the 2016/17 Premier League.

Dark Horses

It seems unfair to count out last year's Premier League-winning side of this year's race when, save for the loss of N'golo Kante, they have only strengthened their squad. But while last year the Foxes had the element of surprise on their side, they now have a target on their back and will surely be taken seriously by every manager preparing to face them. Listed at odds of 25/1 at the beginning of the season (a far cry from last year's 5000/1 odds), Leicester will also have to figure out how to balance defending their title with a Champions League campaign.

Like Leicester, Spurs somewhat benefited from the traditional powers all having transitional years last season. A young team that had an equal number of moments of brilliance and infantilism (see their last game against Chelsea), Tottenham strengthened their depth this summer with the additions of Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama, among others. Like Leicester, they will have the challenge of balancing league play with that of the Champions League.

It looked like another summer was going to come and go with Arsenal seemingly being one step behind in the transfer arms race. But near the end of the summer window the Gunners made a move for Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna, giving Arsenal the attacking force supporters were desperate for to help take some of the scoring pressure off inconsistent Olivier Giroud.

Perez will join up with fellow La Liga newcomer Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia who should further strengthen a defense that allowed the second-fewest (tied) goals in the league last season.

Although last season's 10th place finish was less-than-desirable, Chelsea have the added advantage this season of not having European play to distract them from the task at hand: winning their third EPL title this decade.

Their top five scorers all return, and the bringing in of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille and N'golo Kante from Leicester should move their 7th-ranked attack from last season into the league's upper echelon.

Manchester United
While the EPL was full of blockbuster transfers this summer, Man U may have stolen more headlines than any other club. In addition to getting Chosen One Jose Mourinho to pick up where Louis Van Gaal left off, the moves of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to United gives them 3/1 odds of lifting the title in May.

It'll be a balancing act to keep all of his stars happy, but with "only" Europa League play to contend with, it should be a task that three-time EPL champion Mourinho is more than up to.

Manchester City
Listed around 9/4 odds at most online sportsbooks, Man City is the overwhelming favorite to win this year's Prem. Their summer acquisitions of John Stones, Nolito, Leroy Sane, and others might not have been as flashy as United's, but they'll only further bolster a squad that massively underachieved last season.

And that's not even mentioning that they now have Pep Guardiola issuing orders from the touchline. So many weapons City has, they seem poised to not only make a run at EPL hardware but also some in Europe. Between City and their crosstown rivals, the title seems like the city of Manchester's to lose.

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