Newcastle United rose from almost certain relegation to an 11th-place finish during the 2022-2023 campaign. The appointment of Eddie Howe as manager and the nearly £90 million January transfer window did more than their fair share to aid the Magpies, who finished the season with the fourth-most points in the league.
This summer will be a busy one at St. James’ Park in terms of incoming and outgoing players, as those in charge look to add European-caliber talent to the roster. The bookmakers appear to agree with the majority, citing Howe’s squad as the biggest risers in their Premier League outright odds. The combination of such a strong second half of the season and the inevitable big-money summer has many people picking Newcastle to improve the most next season.
Here is the predicted Premier League table for 2022/23 based on the odds.
1. Manchester City (odds of 4/7 to win) 2.
Unsurprising, given how dominant they appeared last season and the incoming summer reinforcements. Defeated Liverpool for the title last season and were missing a striker to complete a perfect team.
Now that they have arguably the best number nine in the world in Erling Haaland and no discernible weaknesses, they are likely to win their fifth championship in six seasons.
2. Liverpool (9/4 favorite to win)
The Reds are the only team to have come close to City over the past few seasons, and they finished the season with a 19-game unbeaten streak.
This summer, Liverpool are likely to acquire 26-goal forward Darwin Nunez, but they could lose Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.
3. Chelsea (win odds of 14/1)
The 19-point deficit between Thomas Tuchel’s team and the champions at the end of the 2016–17 campaign speaks for itself.
The Todd Boehly takeover could provide substantial financial backing, but Romelu Lukaku, who was signed for £97,5 million last season, could be on his way out.
Tottenham (16/1 odds to win)
Achieved eight victories in eleven games to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place and appeared solid under Antonio Conte, although Champions League competition could prove to be a hindrance.
Conte is more than capable of building an elite team if he is given the resources to do so during the summer.
5. Manchester United (win odds of 25/1)
Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League with 16 victories and 58 points, 35 points behind their city rivals.
Erik Ten Hag will be backed in the transfer market to revitalize the team, but offloading players like Paul Pogba could have an equally positive effect.
Arsenal (50/1 to win, 2/1 to finish in the top four) should have qualified for the Champions League last season, but consecutive losses to Tottenham and Newcastle dashed their hopes.
Still a young, exciting, and improving team led by a competent coach. A world-class striker could propel them beyond expectations.
7. Newcastle United (66/1 to win, 15/2 to finish in the top four)
The greatest jumpers due to obvious reasons. Under Eddie Howe, the team amassed the fourth-most points in the league between February 1 and the last day of the season and vastly improved.
The club is expected to spend heavily during the summer transfer window in order to acquire Champions League-caliber players such as Sven Botman and Victor Osimhen.
8. West Ham (11/1 to finish in the top four)
Last season, they continued to play above their weight, but struggled to meet the additional demands of European football.
Will require reinforcements during the summer, but lacks the financial resources of the teams listed above.
9. Aston Villa (14/1 to finish in the top four)
Under Steven Gerrard, there were brief periods of improvement, but the team never found the consistency to make a genuine ascent up the table.
Phillippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, and Diego Carlos were early acquisitions, and the club is financially able to make more.
10. Leicester City (top-four odds of 14/1)
Last season, they lacked consistency and were primarily preoccupied by Europa Conference League midweek games.
As is customary for the Foxes, they will recruit some promising young players over the summer while selling one key player, namely Youri Tielemans.
20/1 to finish in the top four, 9/1 to be relegated.
The Seagulls’ Premier League position is relatively secure due to savvy recruitment and a top-tier manager.
Could lose Yves Bissouma, but will undoubtedly have a replacement lineup in place and make additional astute acquisitions.
12. Crystal Palace (33/1 top-four odds, 11/2 relegation odds).
Despite being in a transitional season, Patrick Viera’s squad finished 12th and played outstanding football.
Recruited exciting Championship talent last summer and is likely to do so again.
13. Wolves (33/1 top-four, 5/1 to be relegated) won one of their last nine games and finished last season in tenth place, but they were solid for the first two-thirds of the season and pushed for Europe at one point.
Ruben Neves is likely to leave in the summer, which would be a devastating loss.
14. Everton (33/1 top-four odds, 9/2 relegation odds).
Last season, they were in grave danger of relegation, but they won three of their last six games to pull away.
Frank Lampard did not transform the team, but he did ensure their safety. Both Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin may depart, but the funds will be reinvested.
15. Southampton (three-to-one odds to be relegated)
Before faltering and flirting with relegation, almost always put together a strong midseason run to secure safety. One victory in their last thirteen and 15th place finish in the previous season.
They lack the financial resources of the majority of top-tier clubs and are unlikely to make significant summer signings.
Leeds United has odds of 5/2 to be relegated.
Last season’s survival was contingent on a victory on the final day and a Burnley loss, but it was accomplished despite a plethora of key injuries and the dismissal of Marcelo Bielsa.
The club has already spent £35 million on Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen in an effort to get business done early and avoid repeating last season’s near-fatal errors.
17. Brentford (odds of 5/2 for relegation)
Finished 13th in his Premier League debut season, which included victories against Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham. May struggle with the dreaded second-season syndrome and the loss of Christian Eriksen, but will recruit intelligently with a limited budget.
Fulham has a 6/5 chance of relegation.
Won the Championship with 90 points and dominated the competition, but struggled to make the jump to the Premier League last season and will want to avoid becoming a “yo-yo” club.
Whether Aleksandar Mitrovic can come close to last season’s 43 goals will be a determining factor; expect incomings to be more deliberate than in years past.
Twenty-nineteen Nottingham Forest (8/11 to be relegated)
After defeating Huddersfield Town in the playoff final, returned to the Premier League after a 23-year absence.
Have a great manager in Steve Cooper, but have lost Djed Spence on loan and appear likely to also lose Brennan Johnson.
20. Bournemouth (relegation odds of 8/13).
Last season finished second in the Championship, two points behind Fulham, but lacks the budget or stature to compete.
There are doubts about Scott Parker’s ability as a Premier League manager, but both he and Cherries fans hope to prove the oddsmakers wrong.