Is the Premier League set to be another two-horse race between Liverpool and Manchester City during the 2020/21 season?
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Manchester City early bookmaker favourites for the Premier League
Liverpool ended their 30-year wait to lift the title last season, having gone agonisingly close in the 2018/2019 campaign only to be pipped at the post by Manchester City. The bookmakers clearly feel the Citizens will overhaul the 18-point gap that the Reds enjoyed over them last term, however, as they have made Pep Guardiola’s men the favourites for the trophy this time around.
But Jurgen Klopp’s men are sure not to give up their crown without a fight. The German boss won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with former club Borussia Dortmund and although there’s a feeling among some sections of the media that his squad may suffer a dip due to the rigours of two incredibly impressive campaigns, many supporters believe there is better value on the Merseyside outfit to win the title this time around than their north-west rivals.
All major bookmakers offer Premier League outright odds and you can find the best price available for each major contender for the trophy here.
Who are favourites to win the Premier League?
The bookmakers have clearly made Manchester City the favourites in the early stages and it’s not difficult to see why when you take a look through their squad. Ferran Torres and Nathan Aké have arrived to bolster a squad that already includes superstars such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling and in Guardiola, they possess a head coach with no fewer than eight league titles to his name already in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
However, Liverpool finished streets ahead of their rivals last season and they’ve managed to keep hold of all of their star performers, even if they haven’t refreshed the squad too much in the last 18 months. Having lifted the trophy at an empty Anfield last season, they will be desperate to give their supporters another campaign to remember.
Bookmaker’s dark horses for the Premier League
There’s another team across town from the Etihad Stadium that will be hoping to challenge for the title this term. Manchester United’s performances at the end of last season were a joy to behold at times and with Bruno Fernandes in the mix from the start this time, they are hoping for another progressive campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will at least expect to run their neighbours closer this time around.
And that’s without mentioning Chelsea, who defied expectations in their first season under Frank Lampard and have added real star quality this summer in the shape of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in attack plus the incredibly experienced Thiago Silva in defence, who won a range of trophies with AC Milan and PSG prior to moving to London.
Those four clubs seem to be the frontrunners, but a run of early form from one of Arsenal or Tottenham could see their odds shorten and as we saw with Leicester City’s remarkable achievements in the 2015/2016 campaign, you can’t always rule out the outsiders in the race for the Premier League title.
Premier League outright odds: Other markets
You can bet on many more outright markets than just the Premier League winner. As well as backing a team to lift the famous trophy, many bookmakers offer markets such as To Finish Top Four, To Be Relegated, To Finish In The Top Half, Without the Big Six and even more player specific markets such as the Top Scorer and the PFA Player of the Year winner.
The teams being backed for the title are obviously among the frontrunners for a top-four finish, but the Without Big Six market is certainly interesting this year. Wolves will feel they have the quality to perhaps even break into that big six with no Europa League football to contend with this year, while Leicester finished in the top six last season, Everton have made some very impressive additions to their squad and Southampton are making strides under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Premier League relegation odds
As for the relegation market, newly promoted duo Fulham and West Bromwich Albion are among the favourites to return to the Championship this season. Aston Villa, who only narrowly escaped the drop on the last day of last season, are the third favourites to go down. Beyond that pair, the bookmakers expect both Burnley and Sheffield United to struggle, despite both clubs recording respectable finishing in the 2019/20 campaign.
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