We’re nearing the end of our 2019-20 Premier League previews. Today’s focus is on the High Press Soccer consensus 3rd and 4th place clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
First, to recap:
- 2019-20 Preview League promoted teams
- 2019-20 Preview League relegation candidates
- The flotsam & jetsam middle-of-the-pack teams
- Will West Ham, Leicester City, Wolverhampton or Everton crack the top 6
- 2019-20 Premier League Preview: Manchester United and Chelsea
Also be sure to check out our 2019-20 Premier League Predictions.
Alright, here’s a rundown of Tottenham and Arsenal’s odds and outlook.
Arsenal 2019-20 Premier League Preview
Last Season: 5th in Premier League
Last Time Champions: 2003-04
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Nickname: The Gunners
Manager: Unai Emery
Key Additions: Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, William Saliba (though loaned back to St. Etienne)
Best Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Yeah, so, Arsenal. They really turned their summer around, right?
The Gunners were already giddy about their upcoming season after snagging Ligue 1 stars Nicolas Pepe from Lille and William Saliba from St. Etienne (he won’t be joining until next year). Their defense was still pourous, but they were going to score enough that it didn’t matter.
Then at the deadline, they pull off a coup, securing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
While that’s still not enough to challenge Manchester City or Liverpool for a title, it should be enough to firmly plant their flag in the top 4.
A bit of Arsenal history:
- They were founded in 1886.
- They’ve been consecutively in England’s first division longer than any other team.
- Arsenal has won the first division 13 times (the last being 2003-04).
- That season Arsenal did not lose a game in the Premier League (the Invincibles year).
- They also hold the record for most consecutive matches without a loss (49).
- They’ve won the League Cup twice.
- Their 13 FA Cups is a record.
- They have 1 European title (1993-94).
Why you should like Arsenal:
- The Gunners is a pretty badass nickname. That wouldn’t fly in America (see: Bullets)
- This will be an exciting squad. They’re going to score.
Arsenal betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)
- To win Premier League: +5000
- To finish top 4: +125
- To finish top 6: -400
- Relegation: +100000
Of the big 6 teams, Arsenal was the surprise club of the summer. Early reports indicated they’d have a meager transfer budget. Then they spent $163M.
Their purchases were both splashy (Pepe) and opportunistic (Luiz).
This team will score. Emery will get them properly organized. And on the deadline day, they’ve improved their backline–which was easily their biggest weakness.
Arsenal still have the worst odds of the big 6 for a top 4 spot (+125). That’s absolutely worth a look. This team is for real.
Tottenham Hotspur 2019-20 Premier League Preview
Last Season: 4th in Premier League
Last Time Champion: 1960-61
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Key Additions: Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso
Best Player: Harry Kane
Tottenham’s 2019 was uneven at best. They were 11th in Premier League points from January on, but gutted their way to a Champions League final.
Their lack of depth hurt them considerable down the stretch, as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son both missed chunks of time.
After two summers with no transfer activity, Spurs went for it this year. New additions Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon, and Giovani Lo Celso are impact players. Are they enough for Spurs to challenge for their first ever Premier League title?
A bit of Spurs history:
- The club was founded in 1882.
- They have two first division titles, the last being 1960-61.
- Spurs have won the FA Cup 8 times (1990-91 being the last) and League Cup 4 times (2007-08 being the last).
- Their sole European title was in the 1961-62 season.
- Wolves claim 2 League Cups, with the last coming in 1979-80.
Why you should like Spurs:
- Because there’s no reason not to like them? They’re like vanilla ice cream. It’s rarely someone’s favorite flavor, but nobody hates vanilla ice cream either.
- Mauricio Pochettino is a helluva manager.
- Son is a helluva player to watch.
- Harry Kane likes the Patriots. He wants to kick field goals in the NFL one day.
Spurs betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)
- To win Premier League: +1800
- To finish top 4: -200
- To finish top 6: -1000
- Relegation: +200000
Even had Spurs not made any purchases this summer, they’d be a consensus top 4 team. With their additions, this could be the strongest Spurs team we’ve seen since…well, 2016-17.
That team was fantastic, ending the season with 86 points and a second place finish. With so much depth in the Premier League this season, and considering the strength of Liverpool and Manchester City, it’ll be hard for Spurs to hit the upper 80’s. However, the squad itself may be better than the ’16-17 version.
Spurs are capable of beating anyone on any day. They’re safely a top 4 team. They’ll be awesome. Yet…they’ll still be a tick below Liverpool and City.