Everton can win the Premier League (without the Big Six)

The breakaway may not have happened but you can still bet on a Premier League without the so-called Big Six and Seb Sternik sees a huge opportunity for backers of Rafa Benitez' side.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the two Manchester clubs may have been thwarted in their attempt to join a breakaway European Super League but that doesn't mean we can't imagine a Premier League without them.

Planet Sport Bet's 'Without the Big Six' market provides an opportunity to select the title winner without the rebel clubs.

And, while Leicester City have been priced up as favourites following their fifth-placed finish last term, there is an opportunity for a bigger-priced winner further down the market. 

Leicester City 5/4

We start this list with a club which could certainly make a good case for being in the Big Six themselves.

Leicester have finished fifth in the Premier League for the last two seasons - both times falling agonisingly short of Champions League soccer.

James Maddison places his hands on his head after Leicester city concede a goal, King Power Stadium

In contrast, Arsenal finished both of their previous campaigns in eight, failing even to bag a spot in the Europa Conference League.

Then there are major trophies.

The Foxes have won three competitions over the last seven seasons. Tottenham, in comparison, haven't tasted silverware since their League Cup win 14 years ago. And no, the Audi Cup doesn't count.

Kasper Schmeichel Leicester Community Shield Aug21

If we're talking about financial power, global brand value, season ticket sales, then yes, the Foxes fall short. But when it comes to winning actual soccer matches, Leicester are one of the Premier League's big boys and it's no surprise to see them priced as short as 5/4.

Brendan Rodgers has been very calculated with his acquisitions over the summer as he looks to maintain momentum. The club spent £45million on the additions of Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare - two 22-year-olds with bags of potential.

Brendan Rodgers FA Cup win May21

The club have also strengthened at the back with the signings of Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand.

Although the word 'strengthen' must be questioned considering the duo featured for Southampton in their 9-0 loss to the Foxes. Poor Bertrand even got sent off.

Summing it up, Leicester are rightfully the favourites in this market but if you're looking for value, they're also the ones to avoid.

Everton 5/1

Many Everton fans were left unhappy when Rafa Benitez was announced as the new Toffees manager. Some even left banners outside his house, warning him not to take the position.

What those fail to understand, is that Benitez is a very unique character.

Throughout his career, the Spaniard has rarely taken the easy option and always does things 'his' way - no matter the circumstances. An odd banner here or there won't have bothered him.

Rafa Benitez Everton Jul21

Above all, he is a proven winner, brining titles to Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and even winning the Championship with Newcastle.

It seems strange that some Evertonians are upset because of his previous connection to Liverpool. Just think about it, would they feel the same way about Virgil van Dijk if he pulled on the blue jersey? They would take him in a heartbeat, no matter what his connections may be.

Benitez though, comes to Everton at a strange time for the club.

The Toffees looked to have built a strong squad under Carlo Ancelotti last season. However, despite all the noise, the best they could manage was a tenth-placed finish.

Carlo Ancelotti File Photo

On paper, this is a squad that has a lot of potential but the question is, what's going to be left of this side once the transfer window has closed?

For instance, what does the future hold for James Rodriguez? What about Moise Kean? Will there be further additions? Clearly, there's still a lot of unanswered questions and that doesn't make betting in this market any easier.

Pre-season didn't fill us with much optimism either - especially Everton's comprehensive 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

James Rodriguez Everton Sep20

The Toffees were able to shake off that early disappointment and pick up a 3-1 win over Southampton on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

This is an Everton side still very much under construction and it may be a while before we see them firing on all cylinders.

However, once Benitez gets this team going, they could certainly challenge for the best of the rest title. What's more, the Toffees offer great value at 5/1.

West Ham 11/2

Last season was a memorable one for West Ham supporters.

The Hammers flirted with the top four before eventually finishing sixth and bagging a spot in the Europa League.

David Moyes and his men won 19 games during that campaign - a total not seen in the top tier since their third-place finish in 1986.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce (left) and West Ham United manager David Moyes.

But after the success of last season, where do the Hammers go from here?

The club certainly haven't made much noise in the transfer market and they will also be without Jesse Lingard who has returned to Manchester United.

Despite their lack of business, the Hammers kicked off the season with an impressive 4-2 victory over Newcastle at St James Park.

Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring for West Ham United in the Premier League, 2021

This win doesn't tell us much about what our expectations of West Ham should be, but it at least shows that Moyes' men will be competitive.

At the price of 11/2, this is a club that offers great value in this market. Should the Hammers make a couple of extra additions before deadline day, they could be the ones to back.

Leeds United 13/2

One thing that we have come to expect from Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is progression.

In his first season in charge, the Whites finished third in the Championship. A year later, they finished top. Last season, they became one of the most successful newly promoted sides in recent years, finishing ninth in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United manager

The problem with progression is that at some point Leeds will hit the ceiling. There's only so much that Bielsa can do with the squad that he has at his disposal.

And while it is a decent team with a number of young talents, it would take something special for this side to challenge for a major European competition and finish inside the top six.

Patrick Bamford wave Leeds United May 2021

Leeds kicked off the new season with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United. But despite the size of the defeat, you can't read too much into the result.

The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool look streets ahead of everybody else.

The real test for Leeds will come when they take on fellow teams from this market - Leicester City, Everton and West Ham.

The Whites lost a lot of those fixtures last season and with that in mind, it's no surprise to see them priced at 13/2.

Aston Villa 12/1

Unlike a lot of their counterparts in this market, Aston Villa have done quite a lot of business over the last couple of months.

While Jack Grealish may have departed to Manchester City, Dean Smith has been able to bring in the likes of Emiliano Buendia, Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and even a 35-year-old Ashley Young.

They’ll come out fighting – Dean Smith wary of Tottenham backlash at Aston Villa

It's no secret that the campaign got off to a hugely disappointing start against Watford. A 3-2 defeat to a newly promoted side is always going to raise concerns.

That aside, considering the quality of players that have come to the club, the Villains should be expecting at least another top-ten finish.

It may take a bit of time for Villa to find their groove but once they do, they could be the ones to watch in this market. What's more, the 12/1 price tag certainly looks enticing.

Brighton 12/1

Brighton may have finished 16th last season but the brand of soccer instilled by Graham Potter certainly made for interesting viewing.

But if the Seagulls are to compete higher up the table this season, they will simply have to score more goals.

Graham Potter keen for Brighton to emulate West Ham success

Last term, Brighton ended the campaign having scored 40 times. While that may have been enough to avoid relegation, it certainly isn't good enough to compete with other clubs in this market.

Leicester, for instance, scored 68 goals last season. West Ham got 62, while Leeds and Aston Villa found the net 62 and 55 times, respectively.

Unless Potter expects Danny Welbeck or Neal Maupay to have a 15+ goal season, it seems Brighton will have to get back in the transfer market or endure another campaign in the bottom five.

Wolverhampton 28/1

Out of all the offers in this market, this may be the most interesting one. Wolves are currently priced at a very seductive 28/1 - yes, you read that correctly.

There are many reasons why Wolves fans should be feeling optimistic ahead of this new campaign.

Firstly, Raul Jimenez has returned from his horrendous injury. Wolves, who finished last season in a disappointing 13th place, certainly missed his goals.

Raul Jimenez wearing protective headgear in Wolves training

Nuno Espirito Santo's men only scored 36 times last term. The season before, that total was 51 with Jimenez scoring 17 of them.

Santo, of course, is no longer the man in charge at Molineux, with replacement Bruno Lage kicking off his managerial spell with a slender 1-0 defeat to Leicester City at the weekend.

Despite the result, Wolves created chances and really pushed the Foxes in the second half.

Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers  Premier League  Goodison Park

This is a squad that has depth and retains most of their dangermen.

Lage missed a number of players due to injuries at the weekend and we are yet to see his side in full flow.

Nevertheless, at 28/1, Wolves have to be seriously considered in this market.

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