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Premier League top-half odds: Bees 9/4 to finish in top 10

| 09.10.2021

Premier League top-half odds and contenders

The international break gives us a chance to look at some of the teams that are hoping to finish inside the top 10 in the Premier League this season.

Leeds bagged their first win last weekend to move out of the relegation zone and are 15/8 to repeat their top-half performance from the 2020/21 campaign.

We’ve already taken a look at the potential title winner, relegation candidates, Golden Boot winner, top four and top-six hopefuls, but now we’re checking out some of the lesser lights and their Premier League top-half odds.

Aston Villa

Villa finished just outside the top 10 last season and were 11/10 to repeat the trick before a ball had been kicked but their odds have been cut to 10/11 after a so-so start to the new campaign.

Dean Smith brought in Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emiliano Buendia from the £100million sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City and although results have been patchy, they are expected to improve.

Villa will be hoping to pick up some momentum from their next six games which could see them break into the top six with a favourable set of results.

Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa was relieved to see United break their duck with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Watford last time out which resulted in the dismissal of Hornets boss Xisco Munoz.

The Whites next face Southampton, Wolves and Norwich so the opportunity is there to start climbing the table, especially with Patrick Bamford expected to return from a thigh injury for the Saints clash.

Brentford

The Bees have undoubtedly been the success story in the early stage of the Premier League season, moving up to seventh with a last-gasp win at West Ham last time out.

Boss Thomas Frank said: “I believe in the team and the players massively. And I believed that we could do something in the Premier League. Also from the beginning I knew we would be strong defensively and pressing forward and aggressive.”

Brentford beat Arsenal 2-0 on the opening day of the season and shared an incredible 3-3 draw with Liverpool, so they look an interesting option at 9/4 in the Premier League top-half odds.

Wolves

Wolves finished 13th last season and they have had to get used to the ways of new manager Bruno Lage following the exit of Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nine points from a possible 21 mean Wolves are handily placed in 12th, but their expected goals stats suggest they should be inside the top eight having been unlucky to lose against Manchester United when they were the better team.

Back-to-back wins against Southampton and Newcastle have raised expectations and they are also 9/4 in the Premier League top-half odds.

Best of the rest

Southampton sold Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard during the summer and are winless after seven games but they have been creating quality chances and their attack is rated 11th in terms of expected goals.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are available at 5/1 in the Premier League top-half odds, while Crystal Palace are 6/1.

Patrick Vieira has revamped the Eagles squad, bringing in Odsonne Edouard, Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen and Michael Olise. With Eberechi Eze also due to return at some point, the future looks bright at Selhurst Park which saw the Eagles battle back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Leicester last time out.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner