The New Premier League Season Starts and Here’s Our Top Tips
It’s the start of the new Premier League season and you can bet top betting sites like bet365 Sport have been very busy over the last couple of weeks receiving plenty of bets on who will win the Premier League, as well as who will be relegated from the division at the end of the season.
So how is the season shaping up? Will anybody be able to close the gap on Manchester City following their record breaking season last year which saw them win the Premier League with the biggest ever points total (100) and with the most goals scored during the course of a 38 games season (106)?
On the flip side of that, how will Pep Guardiola go about galvanising his troops for another big season ahead where City are not only expected to perform superbly in the Premier League once again, but also to finally make their mark in European football’s prestige tournament, the Champions League.
Let’s take a look at some of the top tips for the coming season ahead, as well as a quick look ahead to the games taking place on the opening weekend of the Premier League.
Premier League Opening Weekend Fixtures
The odds provided for each game are courtesy of Bet365
- Friday 10th August
7.45pm – Manchester United (4/11) v Leicester City (8/1) – 7/2 the draw
- Saturday 11th August
12.30pm – Newcastle United (13/5) v Tottenham Hotspur (21/20) – 12/5 the draw
3.00pm – Bournemouth (evens) v Cardiff City (13/5) – 5/2 the draw
3.00pm – Fulham (13/10) v Crystal Palace (21/10) – 23/10 the draw
3.00pm – Huddersfield Town (6/1) v Chelsea (1/2) – 3/1 the draw
3.00pm – Southampton (10/11) v Burnley (3/1) – 12/5 the draw
3.00pm – Watford (6/5) v Brighton (23/10) – 9/4 the draw
5.30pm – Wolverhampton Wanderers (13/10) v Everton (21/10) – 23/10 the draw
- Sunday 12th August
1.30pm – Liverpool (2/7) v West Ham United (10/1) – 4/1 the draw
4.00pm – Arsenal (5/2) v Manchester City (evens) – 13/5 the draw
As you can see there are a number of high-profile games with Manchester United getting the season underway at home to Leicester and then on Saturday Tottenham facing a tough trip north to take on Tottenham, while in the evening Everton will be the first team to take on newly promoted Wolves. Sunday’s two games are also belters with Liverpool facing West Ham and then the massive game at the Emirates as Unai Emery’s new Arsenal side face a massive start to the season against current Champions Manchester City.
Our selections for each of the games above is outlined in bold.
Premier League Outright Season Bets
- To Win the Premier League
- Manchester City – 4/7 favourites
- Liverpool – 5/1
- Manchester United – 13/2
- Chelsea 14/1
- Tottenham 16/1
- Arsenal 25/1
- 200/1 bar
As you can see from the odds at the time of writing, Manchester City remain the clear odds-on favourites to win the Premier League for a second successive year. That is hardly surprising given the gap between Guardiola’s team and the others chasing them in the Premier League last season and with City also strengthening their squad with the acquisition of Riyad Mahrez, it’s little wonder the bookies have them as favourites.
Of those chasing, I think Liverpool and Manchester United are best equipped to cut the gap to City, but only if Liverpool bring in a goalkeeper (which at the time of writing, they have not yet done) and if United can find a way to get the best out of Pogba this season, as the Frenchman was immense for Les Bleus at the World Cup.
I think the three London clubs face their own struggles, Spurs I think will be the best of them as Pochettino’s teams are consistent, but they haven’t taken the next step on yet and won silverware. Chelsea I think are still in a state of turmoil and I am not convinced all is well at the club at boardroom level and that does feed down to the players. Arsenal start the post-Arsene Wenger era with a game against City and Unai Emery will be hoping to get off to a positive start, but I think the Spaniard may take a season or two to get to grips with the rigours of the Premier League.
So, it’s City again for me, but I think both United and Liverpool will likely close the gap on Pep Guardiola’s team and it should be a much closer run thing this time around.
- The Relegation battle
- Cardiff City – 8/11
- Huddersfield Town – 6/5
- Fulham – 6/4
- Watford, Brighton – 2/1
- Burnley – 4/1
- 5/1 bar
For me, relegation will be between five clubs, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Watford, Brighton and Fulham. Of those teams I see Watford and Fulham as having the wherewithal to get enough points to steer clear of the drop, which means the trio I’d back for the drop would be Cardiff, Huddersfield Town and Brighton.
Will an English team win the Champions League?
It’s been quite a while since an English team won the Champions League. Liverpool may have reached the final last season but lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, and the last English team to taste victory in the tournament was Chelsea back in 2011-12 who defeated Bayern Munich in Munich to claim the prize.
However, after five years of victories for Spanish teams, could an English team finally land the trophy? Manchester City are the favourites with the bookmakers at 11/2, and it is not difficult to see why given the fantastic football played by Pep Guardiola’s team last season.
That allied to Real Madrid losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, plus Barcelona’s star seemingly on the wane as the likes of Suarez and Messi get another year older, means that it may well be time for an English team to be victorious again. Liverpool, are rated as a 14/1 chance to go one better this coming season and with the final in Madrid, it would somehow be fitting if the Reds gained revenge for last season’s defeat in the final in the city of the team that beat them.
Manchester United are also 14/1 chances and Jose Mourinho will know that this season his United side need to deliver one of the top two trophies and as odd as it may seem, it may be that the Champions League offers United a better chance of that success than the Premier League, given City’s strength at domestic level.
Tottenham are England’s other representatives and they are rated as a 25/1 shot, which I think is pretty long odds. Spurs don’t have a recent history of winning trophies though and until they land one, which I think they will under Pochettino, they will always be a longer odds shot. However, I can’t see Spurs landing the Champions League just yet.
While City are the favourites I think Liverpool and particularly Manchester United, both at 14/1 are the better value bets here.