With the Champion’s League Final out of the way, fans are looking to the start of next season’s English Premier League with anticipation and excitement. The Premier League is one of the most-watched football tournaments around the world, and one that provides many opportunities for placing a wager on the outcome. Although odds will inevitably change once the season gets underway, it’s already possible to place any number of different bets. The odds quoted below are the best (i.e. the longest) available at the time of writing.
City for the cup again
Manchester City are currently clear favorites to win next season’s Premier League for the third year running. City are 8/11 to come top, with only Liverpool, at 13/4 following an impressive 2018-19 season, considered a serious challenger. The Reds finished just one point behind Man City, and the two teams are a good 25 points ahead of their nearest rivals.
In third place, PA Sportsbooks are generally offering up to 16/1 on Tottenham Hotspur, but after that, it’s real outside chance stuff. Chelsea are at 25/1, Manchester United are at 35/1 and Arsenal are at 40/1. You’d certainly clean up if you placed a bet now on any other Premier League side and they somehow came on in leaps and bounds to take the cup: Wolverhampton Wanderers are 250/1, Everton 275/1, and both Newcastle United and Leicester City have odds of 400/1.
The relegation zone
Down at the bottom of the page, Sheffield United and Norwich City are both expected to face immediate relegation after promotion from the Championship last season. The Blades are 4/5 to be relegated, while Norwich are 19/20. You can also get 9/4 on Burnley being sent down, while both Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion are at 5/2. At 100/1, Wolverhampton are actually more likely to be relegated than win the cup, though of course, a mid-table placing is by far the more probable outcome.
Can Villa stay up?
While Sheffield United and Norwich seem doomed, Aston Villa are in a more uncertain position. Villa find themselves back in the Premier League for the first time since 2016 following their 2-1 win against Derby County at Wembley. But out of the last five clubs promoted to the Premiership via playoffs, only Huddersfield Town avoided going straight back down the following season. On the other hand, triumphant Manchester City were promoted back into the Premier League in 2000, having bounced back from the third tier in just two seasons. For the Lions, simply hanging on to their seat at the top table will be triumph enough, although you can get 7/1 odds on them finishing the season in the top half.
In summary, right now it looks almost certain that Manchester City will take the cup again, but a lot can change between now and the 2020 finals. Nothing is set in stone, and Liverpool’s recent form makes them a serious contender. There’s still everything to play for, and we can’t wait to see it happen.
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