With the 2018-19 Premier League on the horizon we thought we’d take a quick look at how the betting is ahead of start of the new campaign.
Before a ball has even been kicked for the 2018-19 season, the current champions – Manchester City – are already all the rage at around 1.57 to win their fourth title in the last eight years.
Last term the Citizens hit the magic 100 point mark and that was a whooping 19 points clear of Manchester United in second! City have already strengthened their squad with Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez one big name they’ve already snapped-up and it’s unlikely he’ll be the last before the transfer window shuts at the end of August.
We can expect Manchester United, who have a record 13 Premier League titles under their belts, to get a bit closer this year with World Cup winner Paul Pogba heading into the new season full of confidence after France’s excellent summer. However, at 7.50 in the outright betting the Red Devils are not even second favourites – Liverpool are!
Yes, Klopp’s men, who were runners-up in the Champions League have been installed as the 6.00 second favourites in the Premier League outright betting as they search for their first top-flight title since 1989-90. That’s right, since the start of the Premier League (92-93) Liverpool are yet to end up as the top side in England but with Klopp slowly rebuilding the Merseyside team there are plenty of punters that feel they can overturn the 25 points they finished adrift of Manchester City last season. Any side with Mo Salah in, who fired in a staggering 32 league goals last season, will be feared but a lot will rest on keep key players like Salah and Jordan Henderson fit if the Reds want to challenge City this term.
Next best in the betting are the champions of two season’s ago – Chelsea at 15.00, while Spurs are on offer at 17.00 and Arsenal 26.00 – it’s name your price for the rest!
Chelsea have yet another new manager with the Italian Maurizio Sarri taking over from Conti over the summer. The Blues lost all chance of retaining their title last season with a dire start and in the end finished 30 points off City in fifth.
We can expect better from the Londoners, who know how to win the Premier League but you feel that over the last few seasons the core of their side has been broken up and it might take a few more seasons to rebuild it.
Spurs put up a good fight last season, but in the end fell 23 points short off City with 77 but the Londoners are a young side and there should be more to come. Alli, Kane, Dier and Trippier did well for England during the World Cup and of the sides at double-figure prices then Spurs look the value.
Arsenal will be playing in the Premier League for the first time since 1996 without boss Arsene Wenger who stood down at the end of last season. The Gunners have appointed the former PSG coach, Unai Emery, to the helm but with no Premier League experience this looks a big gamble for Arsenal and it really could be a ‘make, or break’ season for the three-time Premier League winners.
In summary, there are cases to be mad for Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool all closing the gap on City this season, while with new managers Chelsea and Arsenal have too many unknowns attached to their chance.
However, let’s not forget City still won the league with 19 points to spare – that’s 6 extra wins – and even though the others may close the gap it does look a big void to try and overcome. Therefore, City, despite being odds-on, look the obvious call to land their lift their fourth Premier League title, with Spurs at 17.00 looking the each-way value.
BEST BET: MAN CITY @1.57
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