2020-21 Premier League Preview: Europa League Contenders

Posted By High Press 10 on September 11, 2020

The 2020-21 Premier League season starts September 12th. High Press Soccer will again be previewing all of the teams entering the campaign. 

This year, we’ll group the teams into the following categories:

Up next are teams that should be battling it out for a Europa League spot. We’re talking top 6 potential. Those teams are Everton, Wolves, Arsenal and Tottenham

If you haven’t already, review 2020-21 Premier League schedule and 2020-21 Premier League title odds. Also, review our Premier League matchday 1 lines

Everton 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Last Season: 12th in Premier League
Last relegated season: 1953-54
Stadium: Goodison Park
Nickname: The Toffees
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Key Additions: James Rodriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure
Best Player: Lucas Digne

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 22: Lucas Digne of Everton fights to maintain possession during the pre-season friendly match between Blackpool and Everton at Bloomfield Road on August 22, 2020 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Emma Simpson – Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Gotta give Everton credit. They’re ambitious. 

Liverpool’s other club is trying. They continue to add pieces. They have an elite-ish coach. The Toffees are going for it. 

Despite a 12th place finish last season, their xPTs suggests a regression upwards. Off-season additions won’t push them over the top, but will certainly add depth and solidify their top-of-the-table status. 

But can they truly challenge for a Europa League spot?

A bit of Everton history:

  • The club was founded in 1878.
  • The only clubs who have been in England’s top division longer than Everton: Arsenal and Manchester United.
  • They’ve won the first division 9 times, with the last being 1986-87.
  • Everton has 5 FA Cup wins, with the last being in 1994-95.
  • They even have one European Cup (now Champions League) in 1984-85 (they won England’s first division that same year). 
  • In the movie Creed, Goodison Park is where the final fight scene takes place.

Why you should like Everton:

  • Because you have like Robin instead of Batman? 

Everton Daily Fantasy star:

  • Richarlison is bordering on under-rated. He’s just 23, and his best is yet to come. 

Everton betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +25000
  • To finish top 4: +2500
  • To finish top 6: +400
  • Relegation: +2000
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Everton Outlook:

Oddsmakers were more bullish on Everton last year. However, they should be better this season. 

Ancelotti has spent more time with the squad now. He’ll get the pieces fitting.

They’ve added solid depth. Their key pieces, like Richarlison, Lucas Digne, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Michael Keane are all entering or in their prime years. 

Everton is +400 to finish top 6, which feels about right. Their range this season is 6-9th in the table. 

Wolverhampton 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Last Season: 7th in Premier League
Last relegated season: 2017-18
Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Nickname: Wolves
Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo
Key Additions: Fabio Silva, Vitinha
Best Player: Adama Traore

DUISBURG, GERMANY – AUGUST 11: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final between Wolves and Sevilla at MSV Arena on August 11, 2020 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Back-to-back 7th place seasons has Wolves bordering on Premier League elite. 

They’ve just raided Porto and have added some more offensive punch this season.

Nuno Espírito Santo could be managing bigger clubs. But why bother? Wolves could be one of those bigger clubs soon. 

A bit of Wolverhampton history:

  • The club was founded in 1877.
  • They have three first division titles, dominating the 1950’s. Their last title was the 1958-59 season.
  • Wolves have captured the second division title four times, most recently in 2017-18.
  • They’ve won the FA Cup 4 times, with the ’59-60 season being the last.
  • Wolves claim 2 League Cups, with the last coming in 1979-80.

Why you should like Wolverhampton:

  • If you’re a new Premier League fan and don’t want to latch onto a big 6 team, go with Wolves. Their name, badge, uniform and team building process are all badass. 
  • Their team song is Jeff Beck’s “Hi Ho Silver Lining” –hallelujah to that. 
  • Adama Traore is a beast. 

Wolves Daily Fantasy star:

  • Traore was decent value in the first half the last season. He’s still a top producer though at any price. 
  • Diego Jota proved a point-producer at decent value last season as well.

Wolverhampton betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +20000
  • To finish top 4: +1100
  • To finish top 6: +250
  • Relegation: +4000
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Wolverhampton Outlook:

Wolves’ biggest issue is squad depth. They struggled early last season with the heavy fixture schedule of domestic league and cup games along with Europa League play. 

They won’t be as stretched thin this campaign.

Wolves have also added depth–and in needed attacking positions. 

While Wolves aren’t ready yet for top 4 placement, they should finish in the 5-8 range. 

Arsenal 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Last Season: 8th in Premier League
Last Time Champions: 2003-04
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Nickname: The Gunners
Manager: Unai Emery
Key Additions: Gabriel Magalhães, Willian, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares
Best Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Arsenal Media Photocall at London Colney on September 09, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Has Mikel Arteta turned Arsenal around?

An uneven start saw Arsenal drop to an embarrassing 8th place finish in the table. However, the Gunners surprisingly won the FA Cup and Community Shield. They have some positive momentum. Yeah, sure, they still have David Luiz. But they also have momentum. 

Arsenal have added more pieces to the squad and should be more stable than last season. Things are looking up.

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 14 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)
  • Their 2020-21 kits are sharp. 
  • Their games will be high-scoring. 

Arsenal Daily Fantasy star:

  • Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it’s wrong: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

Arsenal betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +3300
  • To finish top 4: +255
  • To finish top 6: -200
  • Relegation: +15000
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Arsenal Outlook:

Interestingly, oddsmakers aren’t as bullish on the Gunners this season as last. Their top 6 odds have fallen from -400 to -200. 

DONT BE FOOLED.

Arsenal will be better this season. Yeah, they still have issues on the backline. But Arteta will have them very confident heading into the season. They’re going to score. They’re going to concede. So they’re going to be interesting. 

Expect a more consistent campaign this season. Arsenal won’t challenge for the top 4. Their ceiling is 5th. Their floor is 7th. They are trending in the right direction. 

Tottenham Hotspur 2020-21 Premier League Preview

Last Season: 6th in Premier League
Last Time Champion: 1960-61
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Nickname: Spurs
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Key Additions: Giovani Lo Celso (permanent), Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg
Best Player: Son Hueng-Min

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading on August 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Of the teams in this Europa League grouping, Spurs have the widest range. 

Sure, they finished 6th last season. Their xPTs had them 12th. 

The wheels could come off with Jose Mourinho at any time. Literally any time. At a press conference. In the locker room. In the toilet. On the field. 

Spurs have a ton of talent though. Usually talent wins out.

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.

Why you should like Spurs:

  • Jose Mourinho is always entertaining. Not always for the right reasons. But he’ll keep it interesting. 
  • They’re going to score. Unless Mourinho holds them back. Highly possible. 
  • Home kits this year a noice. 

Spurs Daily Fantasy star:

  • You’re going to pay top dollar for Kane and Son, but you’ll rarely regret it. 
  • Matt Doherty is a value play on defense. 

Spurs betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +4000
  • To finish top 4: +300
  • To finish top 6: -167
  • Relegation: +20000
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Spurs Outlook:

Despite finishing 6th last season, Tottenham’s top 6 odds have fallen from -1000 a year ago to -167. Arsenal is viewed as a safer bet. 

It’s hard to disagree with that. 

Spurs could finish 5th. They could also finish as low as 9th. 

This all comes down to two factors: 1) Will Mou self-destruct? and 2) Harry Kane’s health. 

The start of the season will be critical for Spurs. Drop points early, and Mourinho will come unglued. A strong start though could lead to a better-than-expected finish. 

Split the difference and expect Tottenham to finish 6-7th. 

 

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