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Oddsmakers Expect Manchester Derby to be Close Race in 2016-17

Regional rivalries in the Premier League can get very competitive and more often than not produce wonderful sporting spectacles. Props are rolling in as we inch closer and closer to the beginning of the Premier League season and one of my favorites is which team in a region will end the season highest on the table.

Bet365 has all your season prop betting needs covered and now has odds up for the top team in each region prop I just mentioned.

Top London Club

My favorite rivalry in all of sports is the one between football teams in London. The teams and the fans hate each other so much it’s almost funny.

The favorite to come tops in London is Chelsea, the squad every other fan in London loves to hate. They have made significant improvements to their squad and have brought on a manager that is well suited to run the club. Many have them winning the league this year but I have my doubts.

Arsenal slightly edged Tottenham last year for second in the league standings and for top London club and they should be neck and neck again this year. Arsenal is clinical at finishing in the top three and may be a good value pick to finish as the top London club.

Regional Winner: Top London Club

Odds as of August 4 at Bet365

  • Chelsea +163
  • Arsenal +175
  • Tottenham +200
  • West Ham +2800
  • Crystal Palace +25000
  • Watford +30000

Top North West Club

The North West region is home to Manchester United and Manchester City, two teams who have one of the best rivalries in sports. There is a very clear line in Manchester as to where you can wear blue and where you can wear red and fans have been known to get extremely violent if those lines are crossed.

City is the favorite to come out on top once again after the hiring of one of the best managers in all of football, Pep Guardiola. United should have a better season this time around but still lack a few fundamental pieces at the back end to compete at the highest level. Look for United to finish no higher than fourth in the league and City to finish in the top two.

Regional Winner: Top North West Club

Odds as of August 4 at Bet365

  • Man City -110
  • Man Utd +163
  • Liverpool +450
  • Everton +6600
  • Burnley +50000

Top Midlands Club

Leicester City has not surprisingly been pegged as the favorite to be the top club in the Midlands as they go up against Stoke and West Brom. They have retained the majority of their Premier League-winning squad and should finish somewhere in the top eight.

Stoke has a chance to finish ahead of Leicester as they are always a middle of the table team. If they can manage to score a few more goals this year they could come out on the right side of more contests and give the Premier League champs a run for their money.

Regional Winner: Top Midlands Club

Odds as of August 4 at Bet365

  • Leicester City -400
  • Stoke City +333
  • West Brom +1200
Regional Winner: Top North East Club

Odds as of August 4 at Bet365

  • Sunderland -110
  • Middlesbrough +150
  • Hull City +500

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