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Last Updated August 10 2018, 18:51Football
Premier League team-by-team guide with best bets
Premier League team-by-team guide with best bets

With the Premier League race about to begin once again we look at the runners and riders and their best bets for the coming season.

ARSENAL

Unai Emery is the new Arsenal boss
Unai Emery is the new man in the saddle at Arsenal

Manager: Unai Emery

Title Odds: 25/1

Premier League form: 6/5/2/3/4/4

Ins: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus, free), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkeusen, undisclosed), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient, undisclosed), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria, undisclosed)

Outs: Santi Cazorla (released), Jack Wilshere (West Ham, free), Marc Bola (Blackpool, free), Kelechi Nwakali (Porto, loan), Matt Macey (Plymouth, loan), Chuba Akpom (PAOK Salonika, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Fulham, loan), Lucas Perez (West Ham, undisclosed)

Key Man: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Verdict: Been struggling to last the course and distance over the last few years and looked to give up the ghost last year, but having a new man in the saddle could just inject fresh new life into a side with the pedigree to go far. Asking too much to get across the line in front but could just make a late run into the frame.

Best Bet: Arsenal to finish in the top four at 2/1

BOURNEMOUTH

Celebrations for Bournemouth
Bournemouth need to work hard to keep their Premier League run going

Manager: Eddie Howe

Title Odds: 1000/1

Premier League form: 12/9/16/-/-/-

Ins: David Brooks (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Diego Rico (Leganes, undisclosed), Jefferson Lerma (Levante, undisclosed)

Outs: Benik Afobe (Wolves, £10million), Sam Matthews (Bristol Rovers, free), Ryan Allsop (Wycombe, free), Max Gradel (Toulouse, undisclosed), Adam Federici (Stoke, undisclosed), Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Baily Cargill (MK Dons, free), Sam Surridge (Oldham, loan), Connor Mahoney (Birmingham, loan), Brad Smith (Seattle Sounders, loan), Harry Arter (Cardiff, loan)

Key man: Callum Wilson

Verdict: Becoming a regular at this level now and despite coming from a small stable they're able to mix it with the big boys on a regular basis. A slow start had them struggling at the back of the field at halfway but they pulled away from trouble to finish in the middle of the pack - which is again the aim this time around. Clever, young prospect at the reins who may one day be steering one of the major contenders.

Best Bet: Bournemouth top half finish at 9/4

BRIGHTON

Pascal Gross celebrates
Brighton did wonders to keep up with the Premier League pace last season.

Manager: Chris Hughton

Title Odds: 1000/1

Premier League form: 15/-/-/-/-/-

Ins: Florin Andone (Deportivo La Coruna, undisclosed), Leon Balogun (Mainz, free), Jason Steele (Sunderland, undisclosed), Bernardo (RB Leipzig, undisclosed), David Button (Fulham, undisclosed), Yves Bissouma (Lille, undisclosed), Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns, undisclosed), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed), Anders Dreyer (Esbjerg, undisclosed), Billy Arce (Independiente Del Valle, undisclosed), Dan Burn (Wigan, undisclosed ), Martin Montoya (Valencia, undisclosed)

Outs: Jamie Murphy (Rangers, undisclosed), Bailey Vose (Colchester, undisclosed), Connor Goldson (Rangers, undisclosed), Robert Sanchez (Forest Green, loan), Christian Walton (Wigan, loan), Steven Alzate (Swindon, loan), Steve Sidwell (released), Liam Rosenior (released), Tim Krul (Norwich, free), Jiri Skalak (Millwall, undisclosed), Niki Maenpaa (Bristol City, free), Sam Baldock (Reading, undisclosed), Billy Arce (Extremadura UD, loan), Dan Burn (Wigan, loan)

Key man: Pascal Gross

Verdict: Performed above expectations last time out but may find it hard to reach those heights again. Pegged as a back marker and will have to somehow replicate some heroic efforts from last season to stand a chance of keeping up with the pace.

Best Bet: Alireza Jahanbakhsh club top scorer at 4/1

BURNLEY

Sean Dyche watches his Burnley side in action
Sean Dyche takes his Burnley side into European action this season

Manager: Sean Dyche

Title Odds: 1000/1

Premier League form: 7/16/-/19/-/-

Ins: Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough, £15million), Joe Hart (Manchester City, undisclosed), Matej Vydra (Derby, undisclosed)

Outs: Scott Arfield (Rangers, undisclosed), Tom Anderson (Doncaster, free), Chris Long (Fleetwood, free), Conor Mitchell (St Johnstone, loan), Dean Marney (Fleetwood, free)

Key man: Steven Defour

Verdict: Career-best performance last season after making a flying start and managing to keep pace with the leaders throughout the early stages of the race. Hit a flat spot midway through the season but ran on strongly to secure a surprising seventh-placed finish in the end. They have a lot more on their plate this time around though and will have to juggle commitments elsewhere to avoid a big drop-off in performance.

Best Bet: Burnley top half finish at 3/1

CARDIFF

Neil Warnock (centre) celebrates with his players after Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League
Neil Warnock's Cardiff look to be well off the pace for the Premier League.

Manager: Neil Warnock

Title Odds: 2000/1

Premier League form: -/-/-/-/20/-

Ins: Josh Murphy (Norwich, undisclosed), Greg Cunningham (Preston, undisclosed), Bobby Reid (Bristol City, undisclosed), Alex Smithies (QPR, undisclosed), Victor Camarasa (Real Betis, loan), Harry Arter (Bournemouth, loan)

Outs: Greg Halford (released), Ben Wilson (Bradford, free), Omar Bogle (Birmingham, loan), Lee Camp (Birmingham, free)

Key Man: Sean Morrison

Verdict: Performed wonders in lower company just to make it into the race, and more than likely connections will be just enjoying the days out rather than expecting any kind of success. Friendless in the betting market and among the best-backed teams to finish at the rear of the field - they'll find it tough going on a huge step up in class.

Best Bet: Cardiff to finish bottom at 9/4

CHELSEA

Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea boss
Maurizio Sarri has a few problems to deal with as new Chelsea boss

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Title Odds: 14/1

Premier League form: 5/1/10/1/3/3

Ins: Jorginho (Napoli, undisclosed), Robert Green (Huddersfield, free), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao, £71.2m), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid, loan)

Outs: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, £35million) Kenedy (Newcastle, loan), Harvey St Clair (Venezia, undisclosed), Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich, loan), Kasey Palmer (Blackburn, loan), Nathan Baxter (Yeovil, loan), Reece James (Wigan, loan), Dujon Sterling (Coventry, loan), Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Jordan Houghton (MK Dons, free), Jhoao Rodriguez (Tenerife, loan), Jamal Blackman (Leeds, loan), Lewis Baker (Leeds, loan), Todd Kane (Hull, loan), Mason Mount (Derby, loan), Charlie Colkett (Shrewsbury, loan), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta, loan), Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo, undisclosed), Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham, loan), Kyle Scott (Telstar, loan), Fikayo Tomori (Derby, loan), Jay Dasilva (Bristol City, loan)

Key Man: Eden Hazard

Verdict: Yet another new pilot on board for this year's assault from a challenger that is very much an all-or-nothing type of runner in this hot contest. As form suggests, can easily mount a serious challenge when conditions are right but liable to throw in the towel when the going gets tough - it'll be some achievement if the new man in charge can get enough of a tune out of them to get back among the front runners.

Best Bet: To finish outside of the top four at 11/10

CRYSTAL PALACE

Sako celebrates his opener for Palace
Crystal Palace should do better than last season's efforts

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Title Odds: 750/1

Premier League form: 11/14/15/10/11/-

Ins: Vicente Guaita (Getafe, free), Max Meyer (Schalke, free), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham, undisclosed), Jordan Ayew (Swansea, loan)

Outs: Yohan Cabaye (Al Nasr, free), Damien Delaney, Chung-yong Lee, Diego Cavalieri (all released), Jaroslaw Jach (Caykur Rizespor, loan)

Key Man: Wilfried Zaha

Verdict: Managed to stay the distance in the last few years but only so many times you can linger at the back of the field and come through late on to maintain your place for next season. Will hope for a stronger start this time around but a middle-of-the-pack finish is the height of expectations this year.

Top RequestABet: Palace to finish top half & Brighton to be relegated

EVERTON

Marco Silva
Marco Silva looks to settle Everton down for a more comfortable run next season.

Manager: Marco Silva

Title Odds: 250/1

Premier League form: 8/7/11/11/5/6

Ins: Richarlison (Watford, £40million), Lucas Digne (Barcelona, undisclosed), Bernard (unattached), Yerry Mina (Barcelona, £28.5million), Andre Gomes (Barcelona, loan)

Outs: Wayne Rooney (DC United, undisclosed), Davy Klaassen (Werder Bremen, undisclosed), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal, undisclosed), Jose Baxter (Oldham, free), Conor Grant (Plymouth, free), Callum Dyson (Plymouth, free), Joel Robles (Real Betis, free), Luke Garbutt (Oxford, loan), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray, loan), Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers, loan), Ashley Williams (Stoke, loan), Antonee Robinson (Wigan, loan), Kevin Mirallas (Fiorentina, loan), Callum Connolly (Wigan, loan)

Key Man: Cenk Tosun

Verdict: Eighth last year and there or thereabouts is probably the best they can do at this stage after twice changing the man in charge last year. Style of running was not pleasing on the eye and connections will hope for smoother progress this time around. The yard has the resources to get into the top class in the field but it may take a few decent runs in the season to prepare for a more serious assault next year.

Best Bet: Cenk Tosun top Everton scorer at 13/8

FULHAM

Fulham have completed the permanent signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham have spent big on Aleksandar Mitrovic to help keep them up.

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Title Odds: 1000/1

Premier League form: -/-/-/-/19/12

Ins: Jean Michael Seri (Nice, undisclosed), Maxime le Marchand (Nice, undisclosed), Fabri (Besiktas, undisclosed), Andre Schurrle (Borussia Dortmund, loan), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle, undisclosed), Alfie Mawson (Swansea, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Arsenal, loan), Sergio Rico (Sevilla, loan), Joe Bryan (Bristol City, undisclosed), Luciano Vietto (Atletico Madrid, loan), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Mancuester United, loan) Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Marseille, undisclosed).

Outs: Ryan Fredericks (West Ham, free), George Williams (Forest Green, free), Isaac Pearce (Forest Green, free), Joe Felix (QPR, free), Stephen Humphrys (Scunthorpe, loan), David Button (Brighton, undisclosed), Tayo Edun (Ipswich, loan).

Key Man: Tom Cairney

Verdict: Stylish runner who impressed when coming through in lower grades to qualify for this main event again after missing the last four renewals. May struggle to keep up with the pace at times but will entertain and should have enough in the tank to finish ahead of at least three others.

Outside Bet: Mitrovic to score 20+ premier League goals at 50/1

HUDDERSFIELD

David Wagner can at last witness an away goal for Huddersfield
David Wagner needs another miracle to keep Huddersfield in the Premier League

Manager: David Wagner

Title Odds: 1500/1

Premier League form: 16/-/-/-/-/-

Ins: Ben Hamer (Leicester, free), Terence Kongolo (Monaco, undisclosed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke, undisclosed), Juninho Bacuna (Groningen, undisclosed), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Adama Diakhaby (Monaco, undisclosed), Isaac Mbenza (Montpellier, loan)

Outs: Tom Ince (Stoke, undisclosed), Dean Whitehead (retired), Robert Green (Chelsea, free), Jack Payne (Bradford, loan), Sean Scannell (Bradford, undisclosed), Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Bristol Rovers, undisclosed), Joel Coleman (Shrewsbury, loan), Jordy Hiwula (Coventry, undisclosed), Jordan Williams (Barnsley, undisclosed), Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)

Key Man: Aaron Mooy

Verdict: Managed to stay on gamely in their maiden Premier League race last season to secure another run this year, but have it all to do to stay in the contest for a further year. Wagner got the very best out of his charges but having to cajole them along again for the duration looks a big ask.

Relegation Accumulator: Cardiff, Huddersfield, Brighton to be relegated at 22/1

LEICESTER

A picture of Jamie Vardy at the King Power Stadium
Jamie Vardy is the main man at Leicester City this season

Manager: Claude Puel

Title Odds: 250/1

Premier League form: 9/12/1/14/-/-

Ins: Ricardo (Porto, undisclosed), Jonny Evans (West Brom, undisclosed), James Maddison (Norwich, undisclosed), Danny Ward (Liverpool, £12.5million), Rachid Ghezzal (Monaco, undisclosed), Filip Benkovic (Dinamo Zagreb, undisclosed), Caglar Soyuncu (Freiburg, undisclosed)

Outs: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, undisclosed), Ben Hamer (Huddersfield, free), Connor Wood (Bradford, undisclosed), Harvey Barnes (West Brom, loan), Elliott Moore (Leuven, loan), Daniel Iverson (Oldham, loan), Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr, undisclosed), George Thomas (Scunthorpe, loan), Josh Gordon (Walsall, undisclosed)

Key Man: Jamie Vardy

Verdict: Enjoyed their Foinavon moment when defying the odds to to come home in front a couple of years ago, but unsurprisingly struggled to replicate that form since. Have enough to finish in the middle of the field safely enough but ideally need to start well.

Each way Bet: Jamie Vardy Premier League top scorer at 33/1

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spent fortunes in the transfer market

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Title Odds: 4/1

Premier League form: 4/4/8/6/2/7

Ins: Fabinho (Monaco, £39.3million), Naby Keita (RB Leipzig, £52.7m), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke, £13m), Alisson (Roma, £65m)

Outs: Ovie Ejaria (Rangers, loan), Emre Can (Juventus, free), Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United, loan), Jon Flanagan (Rangers, free), Jordan Williams (Rochdale, free), Adam Bogdan (Hibernian, loan), Harry Wilson (Derby, loan), Danny Ward (Leicester, £12.5m), Ryan Kent (Rangers, loan), Shamal George (Tranmere, loan), Allan (Frankfurt, loan), Herbie Kane (Doncaster, loan), Danny Ings (Southampton, loan to £18m permanent)

Key Man: Mohamed Salah

Verdict: Being laid out for the race this season after some heavy investment behind the scenes, and now connections will expect a big run at the front of the field. Extra pressure on the man in the saddle this time around as everything is in their favour to put in a huge run in and challenge the odds-on favourites. The best backed horse in this race.

Best Bet: Liverpool to win their first three Premier League games at 7/4

MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City: 2017/18 Premier League champions
Premier League champions Man City are again the team to beat.

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Title Odds: 4/6

Premier League form: 1/3/4/2/1/2

Ins: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester, undisclosed), Claudio Gomes (Paris St Germain, undisclosed), Philippe Sandler (PEC Zwolle, undisclosed), Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City, undisclosed)

Outs: Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart, undisclosed), Yaya Toure (released), Will Patching (Notts County, released), Ashley Smith-Brown (Plymouth, undisclosed), Matt Smith (FC Twente, loan), Jacob Davenport (Blackburn, undisclosed), Manu Garcia (Toulouse, loan), Angus Gunn (Southampton, undisclosed), Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Peterborough, undisclosed), Paolo Fernandes (NAC Breda, loan), Jack Harrison (Leeds, loan), Kean Bryan (Sheffield United, free), Bersant Celina (Swansea, undisclosed), Tosin Adarabioyo (West Brom, loan), Joe Hart (Burnley, undisclosed), Brandon Barker (Preston, loan), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, loan), Lukas Nmecha (Preston, loan)

Key Man: Kevin De Bruyne

Verdict: Absolutely hacked up last time out, won with plenty in hand and was actually going away from the field when crossing the line. Scary thought for the rest is that there's actually still some improvement in them and they're worthy odds-on favourites as the ones to beat.

Best Bet: Kevin De Bruyne to win PFA Player of the Year award

MANCHESTER UNITED

Jose Mourinho is going on the offensive
Jose Mourinho has been grumpy throughout pre-season.

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Title Odds: 8/1

Premier League form: 2/6/5/4/7/1

Ins: Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk, undisclosed), Diogo Dalot (Porto, undisclosed), Lee Grant (Stoke, undisclosed)

Outs: Michael Carrick (retired), Daley Blind (Ajax, undisclosed), Joe Riley (Bradford, undisclosed), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, loan), Sam Johnstone (West Brom, £6.5million), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Scunthorpe, loan), Matty Willock (St Mirren, loan), Joel Pereira (Vitoria Setubal, loan), Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa, loan), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham, loan)

Key Man: Paul Pogba

Verdict: Formerly dominant in this contest but have had a lean few years and the vibes coming from connections don't inspire confidence ahead of the big kick-off. They've got enough class to replicate last season's runners-up spot and even get closer to the winner, but morale seems low.

Accumulator: Man Utd, Man City & Liverpool all to finish top three at 3/1

NEWCASTLE

Rafa Benitez arrives at Goodison Park
Rafa Benitez is key to Newcastle's survival in the Premier League

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Title Odds: 750/1

Premier League form: 10/-/18/15/10/16

Ins: Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, undisclosed), Kenedy (Chelsea, loan), Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea, free), Fabian Schar (Deportivo La Coruna, undisclosed), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz, undisclosed), Salomon Rondon (West Brom, loan), Federico Fernandez (Swansea, undisclosed)

Outs: Tim Krul (Norwich, undisclosed), Macaulay Gillesphey (released), Alex Gilliead (Shrewsbury, free), Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest, loan), Chancel Mbemba (Porto, undisclosed), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad, loan), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham, undisclosed), Adam Armstrong (Blackburn, undisclosed), Dwight Gayle (West Brom, loan), Ivan Toney (Peterborough, undisclosed)

Key Man: Jamaal Lascelles

Verdict: Over achieved last year thanks mainly to the guidance of Benitez but hard to see how they can improve much on that this time around. Much depends on the man in charge as if Benitez and the owner fall out then their chances will take a huge hit.

Best Bet: Yoshinori Muto top Newcastle scorer at 7/2

SOUTHAMPTON

Charlie Austin celebrates his opening goal
Southampton made hard work of things last season.

Manager: Mark Hughes

Title Odds: 500/1

Premier League form: 17/8/6/7/8/14

Ins: Stuart Armstrong (Celtic, £7million), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basel, £16m), Angus Gunn (Manchester City, undisclosed), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach, undisclosed), Danny Ings (Liverpool, loan to £18m permanent)

Outs: Olufela Olomola (Scunthorpe, undisclosed), Will Wood (Accrington, free), Dusan Tadic (Ajax, undisclosed), Guido Carrillo (Leganes, loan), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo, loan), Jeremy Pied (released), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord, loan)

Key Man: Manolo Gabbiadini

Verdict: Never travelled well throughout last year's race and only just about managed to finish outside of the bottom three as a result. Not a huge amount of improvement is expected this year and will need to dig deep to preserve top flight status.

Best Bet: Manolo Gabbiadini top Southampton scorer

TOTTENHAM

Harry Kane leads out Spurs at Newport
Harry Kane leads Spurs this season as they move to the new stadium.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Title Odds: 14/1

Premier League form: 3/2/3/5/6/5

Ins: None

Outs: Keanan Bennetts (Borussia Monchengladbach, undisclosed), Anton Walkes (Portsmouth, undisclosed)

Key Man: Harry Kane

Verdict: Proven front runner but just a hint that they'll always find someone to beat them. A lack of investment means improvement will be tough and moving stables is always liable to upset their running. Looked tired during the end of summer campaign and may struggle top keep main man fresh.

Best Bet: Tottenham to finish higher than Chelsea at 5/6

WATFORD

Stefano Okaka
Watford continue to be in the middle of the Premier League pack.

Manager: Javi Gracia

Title Odds: 1000/1

Premier League form: 14/17/13/-/-/-

Ins: Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £11.5million), Ben Wilmot (Stevenage, undisclosed), Marc Navarro (Espanyol, undisclosed), Adam Masina (Bologna, undisclosed), Ben Foster (West Brom, undisclosed), Ken Sema (Ostersund, undisclosed), Domingos Quina (West Ham, undisclosed)

Outs: Richarlison (Everton, £40m), Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Mauro Zarate (Boca Juniors, undisclosed), Tommie Hoban (Aberdeen, loan), Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nassr, undisclosed), Randell Williams (Wycombe, loan), David Sesay (Crawley, free), Dodi Lukebakio (Fortuna Dusseldorf, loan), Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers, loan)

Key Man: Abdoulaye Doucoure

Verdict: An up-and-down year last year with another change in the saddle. Will be another tough race but should finish above enough rivals to keep their spot for next year in a solid if unspectacular showing.

Best Bet: Watford to finish higher than Southampton at 15/8

WEST HAM

Manuel Pellegrini watches over his West Ham side
Manuel Pellegrini has spent big at West Ham over the summer

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Title Odds: 250/1

Premier League form: 13/11/7/12/13/10

Ins: Ryan Fredericks (Fulham, free), Issa Diop (Toulouse, £22million), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea, £7million), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, free), Andriy Yarmolenko (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians, undisclosed), Felipe Anderson (Lazio, undisclosed), Xande Silva (Vitoria Guimaraes, undisclosed), Lucas Perez (Arsenal, undisclosed), Carlos Sanchez (Fiorentina, undisclosed)

Outs: James Collins (released), Patrice Evra (released), Reece Burke (Hull, undisclosed), Korrey Henry (Yeovil, free), Marcus Browne (Oxford, loan), Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Sead Haksabanovic (Malaga, loan), Jordan Hugill ( Middlesbrough, loan), Domingos Quina (Watford, undisclosed)

Key Man: Mark Noble

Verdict: Not settled in new surroundings at home and arguments among connections did not help performances throughout the race. A change in the plate and some major investment means that they should be clear of the back markers and up with those looking to get in the frame.

Best Bet: West Ham top half finish at 11/10

WOLVES

Wolves lift the Sky Bet Championship trophy
Wolves won the Sky Bet Championship last season but can they make the step up?

Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo

Title Odds: 250/1

Premier League form: N/A

Ins: Benik Afobe (Bournemouth, £10million), Willy Boly (Porto, £10m), Raul Jimenez (Benfica, loan), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon, free), Joao Moutinho (Monaco, £5million), Jonny Castro Otto (Atletico Madrid, loan), Paulo Alves (Liverpool, free), Adama Traore (Middlesbrough, £18million), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht, loan)

Outs: Aaron Collins (Colchester, loan), Benik Afobe (Stoke, loan to permanent), Duckens Nazon (Sint-Truidense, undisclosed), Harry Burgoyne (Plymouth, loan), Sherwin Seedorf (Bradford, loan), Jonathan Flatt (Scunthorpe, free), Hakeem Odoffin (Northampton, free), Roderick Miranda (Olympiakos, loan), Prince Oniangue (Caen, undisclosed), Rafa Mir (Las Palmas, loan), Barry Douglas (Leeds, undisclosed)

Key Man: Ruben Neves

Verdict: Cruised home in easier company last season to earn a shot in the big time, and many expect them to take the step up in class in their stride with their powerful backing. Dominating in the level below is not always an indication of being able to match the big guns stride-for-stride though, and they may find it harder going than people think as they're untested in this league.

Best Bet: Diogo Jota top Wolves scorer at 2/1

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