The transfer window is shut, with mixed results for many teams, and the Premier League is finally here again. Early starting hungover away days and Super Sunday pub lunches are back on the agenda with the odd Friday and Monday night thrown in too. If this season is anything like the last we’re in for a treat and a hell of a lot of stress. We’ve also got a few rule changes and the pleasure of VAR added to the mix, let the mayhem begin!
The Top 4
The title itself is a two horse race according to the odds makers but even then Manchester City are prohibitive favourites at 1.5 or 2/1 on. As we mentioned in our Community Shield article that seems wrong given that this is surely a 50/50 proposition. The 11/4 highlighted in our Liverpool article seems a better option.
Outside of those Tottenham are around the 25/1 mark with Manchester United at around 40/1. There was a near 3 month spell where United were the best team in the country last season. Should they start like they did when Solskjaer took over, which would entail beating rivals Chelsea on Sunday, it may prove a good price.
Arsenal and Chelsea are obviously in the mix for top four as could Everton be after their transfer business this summer. We could probably look as far down as Leicester, Wolves and West Ham for some decent prices. They all have their strengths while there are a number of question marks about Arsenal and Chelsea at the moment. Realistically though while the top four betting market looks correctly priced United, with two excellent defensive additions, are worth a small look to gate crash the title party
Event: Premier League 2019/20
Betting Market: Outright
Selection(s): Manchester United
The Bottom 3
Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield left the building last season with Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa taking their place. Of the promoted sides Norwich look like having the most trouble, especially as they start off with what will probably be their usual hammering at Liverpool.
There are enough average teams for either Villa or Sheffield United to have survival chances. Brighton could have gone down last season and they wouldn’t be the first team to make a shock managerial change and face the consequences. It would be easy to say that Newcastle are finished without Rafa but it normally takes a while for the old manager’s drills to be forgotten. Bruce is under-rated defensively and they might just be alright, for this season anyway.
That brings us to Bournemouth. There is a sense that Eddie Howe has done all that he can with them and he’s surely destined for a bigger job in the near future. Their good start and their home form saw them reach safety last season but from November they had a number of losing runs with the only the occasional win to break them up. After their opener v Sheffield United they face a succession of top ten sides at home, starting with Manchester City. After Christmas they’ll have the likes of Burnley, Brighton, Villa and Newcastle visiting but by then the damage might be done. 5/1 looks like a good price for them to go down.
Event: Premier League 2019/20
Betting Market: Relegation
Published on: Aug 9, 2019 @ 07:12