The Premier League season is rapidly approaching and the 20 teams this year are all setting off on their pre-season tours and going through their squad changes during the summer transfer window. With the early bookmaker markets now open, Ross Casey offers his take on the Premier League outright winner odds.
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MAN CITY @ 4/6 – BET NOW
Pep Guardiola arrived at the Etihad with major success expected straight away but after a trophy-less first season, much was questioned about his ability to replicate his success at Bayen and Barcelona at Man City.
However, he led the Cityzens to the Premier League and League Cup double in 2017/18 and by a huge distance – they totalled 100 points and finished 19 points ahead of Man Utd in second. They were 2/1 to win the Premier League last season, and the bookies make them odds on at 4/6 to retain.
They finally got their man Riyad Mahrez this summer from Leicester to add to their embarrassment of riches in an attacking sense, whilst the return to fitness of Benjamin Mendy will be like another new signing in defence.
It will be some performance from any of the hunting pack to dethrone them!
LIVERPOOL @ 5/1 – BET NOW
This is the third time that Jurgen Klopp will get to have a pre-season with Liverpool, he masterminded a Champions League campaign that only ended in the final to Real Madrid and guided them to fourth in the Premier League.
They have spent big in order to bring in a better-quality depth to their squad, with Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita likely to sure up their defence and Xherdan Shaqiri offering them something different likely from the bench.
The bookies have stood up and taken notice as they were 14/1 last season and they are now second favourites to lift their first ever Premier League trophy with EPL odds of 5/1. They conceded 51 times last season, but with their additions this summer that should drop, whilst their attack remains frighteningly good.
MAN UTD @ 13/2 – BET NOW
In Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford, the Red Devils picked up no fewer than three honours. Last time out, though he found it tougher going, losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final and finishing way behind their city rivals in terms of points in the Premier League.
They are a best price 13/2 which is proof that the bookies have lost faith in them as they were 7/2 second favourites to win the Premier League the season before. The purse strings have come undone to bring in Fred and Alexis Sanchez will hope for better form after an indifferent spell so far with the club.
Their home form again was fantastic last season – they only conceded nine goals in 19 games – but away from home they struggled to pick up enough wins to put any pressure on Man city and that will need to be addressed.
CHELSEA @ 14/1 – BET NOW
Antonio Conte has finally lost his job after a clearly fractured relationship with the Chelsea board, despite a Premier League and FA Cup to his name in two seasons with the club. The club have appointed Maurizio Sarri in his place after an impressive spell with Napoli in Serie A.
This Chelsea team has European football this year – albeit only the Europa League - after a fifth placed finish last season. They have brought in midfield dynamo Jorginho from Naples and will hope for a much better domestic season than last time out where they lost 10 of their 38 games.
The Blues have been made 14/1 to lift their sixth Premier League since its inception.
TOTTENHAM @ 14/1 – BET NOW
Mauricio Pochettino guided Tottenham to great heights last season and yet they never truly looked like overtaking a rampant Manchester City! They are more than used to playing lots of European football alongside their domestic duties and that won’t change just because they will be playing Champions League football again – just like last season.
Spurs are yet to sign a single player in the summer transfer window and there will be question marks over the fitness of many of their players who played much of the World Cup. They will be playing in the revamped White Hart Lane and it remains to be seen how they settle there and there is a constant about them being ‘bottlers’.
I see another decent campaign from them this year, but again think a Premier League title is beyond them and can understand their Premier League odds of 14/1.
ARSENAL @ 25/1 – BET NOW
Arsenal’s last three seasons have seen them go from 6/1 to 14/1 to now 25/1 for Premier League success. The Wenger Out campaign has finally come to fruition and Unai Emery will take charge at the Emirates Stadium this season.
The Spaniard certainly knows silverware – he has lifted 10 trophies since the 2013/14 season! It is fair to say that he has spotted their weak link by bringing in physical players such as Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichtsteiner as well as much rated German goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Perhaps the days of Arsenal having a soft underbelly are over? If you fancy them to win the Premier League you can get odds of 25/1. For those interested, next in the betting are Everton who are a massive 200/1.
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