Analysing The Latest Premier League Odds Ahead of the New Season
It won’t be long until the 2020/21 Premier League season gets underway. Indeed with the rescheduled Champions League and Europa League tournaments, followed by a round of international fixtures, there won’t be much time at all for clubs to get a preseason in. Of course, transfer speculation will be rife over the next few weeks, but – more so than any other time in the history of English football – it will feel like there is continuity between the new season and the previous one.
Of course, new signings and, perhaps, new owners and managers might impact a club’s chances of success almost overnight, but it’s more likely to be business as usual at the top of the Premier League. And yet that certainly does not mean the outright odds for the new season aren’t interesting – far from it. Indeed, we can clean plenty of insight from the current betting markets, even if we are not backing certain teams to lift the title. Below we are going to have a look at what stands out.
City close to evens for title success
First of all, there is the status of Manchester City as favourites. Liverpool fans might not agree with that assertion, and it will be interesting to see if the bookmakers have got it right. The best price we can find currently for Pep Guardiola’s men is the 21/20 in the football odds in 888sport. Some firms have gone odds-on for City to lift the title, whereas Liverpool are found around the 7/4 mark. It’s difficult to argue with those prices when it is perceived as a two-horse race.
The next tier of teams is perhaps the most interesting, however. 8/1 for Manchester United seems about right given how the club finds itself at the moment. Make no mistake: There is a lot of mockery of United over the years, but they have arguably been the best performing club in England since Bruno Fernandes joined in January. The papers talk about Jadon Sancho signing, but a world-class centre back might be the piece of recruitment necessary to mount a challenge.
Chelsea need to improve defence
On United’s shoulder comes Frank Lampard’s intriguing Chelsea team at 13/1. You get the feeling the new season will be pivotal for Lampard and the Blues, and fans will be hoping the young team can evolve further. Defence is a big issue, and Chelsea really could do with a new keeper. A Top 4 finish and further improvement would probably be enough to satisfy fans.
Perhaps surprisingly, Arsenal and Spurs are very much in long odds territory – 50/1 for the former and 60/1 for the latter. Does this mean we should no longer be talking about a Big 6? Perhaps. Then again, perhaps not. Still, while nobody expects either to win the title, it’s a large gap between the two North London clubs and the likes of United and Chelsea. As an aside, we have a suspicion that Arsenal will surprise people this season under the astute hand of Mikel Arteta, and you will find them around 4/1 in the Top 4 betting odds.
Wolves, Leicester, Everton and, surprisingly, Leeds have been put on the next tier of teams’ odds, all coming in somewhere around 150-200/1. Is it big enough to temp anyone but fans of the respective clubs placing a token bet? No. But a Top 6 place is not beyond any of them. Finally, we do like the look of Southampton breaking the Top 10 this season, and if you shop around you might get odds around the 2/1 mark for the Saints to be in the top half come the 23rd May.