The dust might have barely settled on the 2017/18 Premier League season and most fans attention will be on the World Cup in Russia over the coming weeks, but behind the scenes Premier League clubs will be focusing on the start of the news season on 11th August.
The Summer Transfer Window will, of course, play a huge role in determining teams’ fortunes next season, but that has not stopped pundits making predictions on how next season will pan out. Indeed, the bookmakers have already finalised their odds now that Fulham have confirmed their place via the Playoffs.
Those latest odds from bookmakers all put Manchester City at odds-on to win the league, but there could still be some movement in the markets if the other big clubs snap up some top World Cup stars. Indeed, you could find some early value in the odds if you think your club will do some good business in the coming months.
Some of the more intriguing odds and markets are discussed below:
Manchester City dominance backed to continue
A record tally of 100 points last season has ensured that there is an overwhelming favorite at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time in a number of seasons. City are best-priced at 4/6 with William Hill and Betway, which is quite the statement before a ball has even been kicked.
Liverpool have jumped ahead of Manchester United
Despite finishing fourth, six points and two places behind bitter-rivals United, Liverpool are second-favourites with all major betting sites UK to win the league. They come in around 5/1 with most bookies, with William Hill as low as 4/1. United, by contrast, are a hefty 7/1 with Bet365. A big price considering they will once again spend big in the summer. Tottenham and Chelsea are available at 16/1 and 12/1 respectively with the same outlet.
Arsenal’s continued decline is predicted
It feels like a long time since ‘The Invincible’ season when you consider that Arsenal are now 28/1 (Bet365) to win the Premier League. This might be a little premature, though, as Unai Emery is likely be given the funds to recalibrate Arsenal over the summer. 11/4 (Betway) that they finish in the Top 4 might look a bargain if he can sprinkle some stardust on the Gunners.
Everton, Leicester battle to be best of the rest
Things didn’t quite go to plan for the Toffees and Foxes last season, but both clubs have decent squads and plenty of ambition. They are favoured to finish around seventh or eighth, but punters might like the look of them overtaking Arsenal into a Top 6 position. Bet365 go 6/1 for Everton and 7/1 Leicester for a Top 6 finish.
Palace can consolidate
It went under the radar, but so many plaudits should go to Roy Hodgson for digging Crystal Palace out of a hole last season. They finished 11th when many thought they were doomed in December. He can build on that with a top ten finish this season. 9/4 (Sky Bet) that they end the 2019 season in the top half of the table. However, keeping Wilfred Zaha will be crucial to that ambition.
Relegation could be wide open again
Last season saw one of the most open and intriguing relegation battles in years. This time around, the bookmakers seem a little unsure, although they all agree Cardiff will struggle (best odds 5/6, Bet Stars). Huddersfield and Brighton are also backed to go down, but there is plenty of disagreement in the odds.