Around this time last year, we posed the question as to whether Manchester City would win the Premier League title once again this past season.
And after a dramatic final day, City emerged as the Premier League Champions for the second successive season beating their old rivals Liverpool to the title by just one single point.
Those two teams also met in last weekend’s Community Shield game and the bookmakers, such as bet365 Sport, have both City and Liverpool as the two favourites to be contesting the Premier League title once again this season.
However, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United all making major moves in the transfer market, allied to a new manager at Old Trafford, could this season be the one where the chasing pack close up on the top two?
In this article, that is what we are going to find out as we take a look at the best bets we think are available for the new Premier League season with bet365.
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Premier League Outright Title Winner
Manchester City – 8/13 favouritesLiverpool – 5/2Tottenham – 12/1Chelsea – 16/1Manchester United – 28/1Arsenal – 33/1
The fact that no other team other than the six listed above are rated as better than 100/1 to win the Premier League title just does exemplify how the title has become something of a closed race in recent years.
Leicester City’s shock win back in 2016 apart, the title has been shared between three teams since, Manchester City winning three, while Chelsea and Liverpool have landed one title win apiece in that time.
With Manchester City signing Erling Haaland this season, their odds to win the title have been slashed as the Norwegian goalscoring machine offers City something very different to what they have had and if they can create chances for him, then Haaland is likely to score plenty of goals for his new team.
Liverpool have a new striker too in Darwin Nunez, who gives them a physical threat at number 9 now, while Sadio Mane has moved on to Bayern Munich, breaking up the famous Salah – Firmino – Mane trio in attack.
Arsenal and Spurs have made some good moves in the market while Manchester United’s dealings have been slower to get underway than their rivals but Erik Ten Haag does seem to have made a positive impact at the club.
Chelsea are the interesting one with Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling coming in but Thomas Tuchel warned his team needed more reinforcements after a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in Florida in pre-season and it will be interesting to see whether the manager has his wish granted by the new Chelsea ownership.
For me, Manchester City are the pick here to back even at 8/13, with Liverpool the next best option at 5/2 and I think the title winner will come from either of those two teams. Predictable I know, but that is very much how the Premier League is at the moment.
Premier League To Finish In Top 4
Manchester City – 1/33Liverpool – 1/8Tottenham – 4/6Chelsea – 4/6
Looking at the Premier League race for the Champions League places, I think City and Liverpool claim two of them with Spurs likely to claim the third, but the fourth is more open and I think it will be a real battle between Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United to claim that slot.
Chelsea have been unconvincing so far in pre-season but I think they may well bring in another face or two to bolster the squad, notably in attack, and if they do that then I think Chelsea may well just pip Arsenal and United to fourth, with the other two teams likely to earn qualification for the Europa League next season, depending on who wins the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
You can also back the Tricast bet here on 1. Man City, 2. Liverpool and 3. Tottenham at odds of 7/1 with bet365 Sport.
Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest & Southampton – 20/1
As for the teams that will go down this season, my money is on Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest making the journey back to the Championship after one season, while Southampton may be the surprise package to join them.
Of the three, I think Forest may struggle the most this season. Steve Cooper has made a lot of signings and the last time this happened with a promoted team, it was with Fulham and the net result was Fulham were relegated after a dismal season in the top flight and my worry is that by ripping apart his team that won promotion, Forest may struggle for that cohesiveness that teams need to do well in the Premier League.
For Bournemouth boss Scott Parker, I just think it is a lack of quality throughout the squad that will see them relegated this season, and while they won’t be an easy team to beat, especially at home, I don’t see them picking up too many points on the road.
If Bournemouth and Forest are safe picks, Southampton is a bit more left field but given their current squad, I just don’t see where they are going to score the goals in games to get the better of teams and unless they address that, then I think the Saints are going to struggle along with Leeds and Everton but I feel it will be they that end up dropping into the Championship.
Erling Haaland (Man City) – 3/1Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 9/2Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 6/1Darwin Nunez (Liverpool) – 10/1Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – 12/1Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) – 14/1Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal) – 20/1
The players listed above are the names at the top of the list when it comes to the best options for the leading goalscorer in the Premier League next season and I think that Erling Haaland at 3/1 is the clear best option here.
Both Liverpool and Spurs tend to share the goals around much more and with Manchester City now having Haaland as their focal point in attack, I think he is in a prime position to perhaps even score more than 25 or even 30 goals in his inaugural Premier League season.
Harry Kane may be worth a watch too after a relatively low-scoring season for him last season but for me, Haaland is the outstanding betting option here.
The Premier League season starts this weekend and with the World Cup coming up in November and December, it is going to be an unusual season, but one that football fans should truly enjoy and embrace.