Will Manchester City Win The Premier League Title Again?
This weekend is one of the biggest of the year for sports fans across the U.K as the Premier League will get underway once again, starting on Friday night with newly promoted Brentford getting their campaign underway against London rivals Arsenal.
Then across Saturday and Sunday, the remaining 18 teams will get their season started with a number of exciting games on the horizon including Manchester United taking on their fierce rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford, while newly promoted Norwich face Liverpool and then on Sunday Champions Manchester City get their season underway away to Tottenham.
This final week of preparation for teams is all the more important given the busy summer players have had with the Copa America, European Championships and latterly the Olympic Games. There is also the fact that many teams are still involved in transfer discussions with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lautaro Martinez, Lionel Messi, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane amongst those reportedly on the move.
So, there is still plenty to be decided over the first few weeks of the season and in this article, we are going to be looking at a number of the top outright bets people will be keen to make this season. This includes who will win the Premier League, who will claim a Champions League spot and which teams will be those facing relegation.
As always, all odds shown in this article are from bet365 Sport, which offers extensive pre-match and In Play betting on the Premier League throughout the season. Not to mention a number of good value football promotions too.
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Let’s now recap how the Premier League finished last season:
Last Seasons Honours (EPL Teams)
- Champions – Manchester City
- Runners Up – Manchester United
- Champions League Qualifiers – Liverpool, Chelsea
- FA Cup Winners – Leicester City
- Carabao Cup Winners – Manchester City
- Relegated – Fulham, West Brom, Sheffield United
- Promoted From Championship – Norwich City, Watford, Brentford
- EPL Leading Goalscorer – Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 23
- Champions League Winners – Chelsea
Let’s take a look at the first round of games in the Premier League this weekend, before we move on to our tips for the season,
Premier League 2021/22 Season – Matchday 1
All kick off times are 3pm unless otherwise stated.
Friday 13th August
- Brentford v Arsenal (8pm)
Saturday 14th August
- Manchester United v Leeds United (12.30pm)
- Burnley v Brighton
- Chelsea v Crystal Palace
- Everton v Southampton
- Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Watford v Aston Villa
- Norwich City v Liverpool (5.30pm)
Sunday 15th August
- Newcastle United v West Ham United (2pm)
- Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City (4.30pm)
Premier League Outright Predictions
Premier League Winners
Manchester City are the 4/6 favourites to retain their Premier League title and in truth, I think this year will be a race between four teams, the same four teams that finished in the top four this season, although next season may be a very different race indeed.
Chelsea and Liverpool are 5/1 joint second favourites to win the Premier League, with Manchester United the 8/1 shots, beyond that the odds drift considerably to 40/1 to Spurs who are next, with Arsenal and Leicester both at 50/1, the only other teams rated as shorter than 100/1.
For me, I think City are too short at those odds. Their lack of striker (at the moment at least) is a worry for me, especially with their main rivals having at least one, if not two or three proven goalscorers at this level. Unless City can sign Harry Kane, I think they may struggle to match their record last season.
Man Utd are intriguing given their signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and I think they could really push City very hard this year. The same goes for Chelsea, who if they sign Romelu Lukaku, I feel will make this a three horse race.
For me, I think Liverpool’s lack of big transfer activity once again will hamper them this season, although I expect the Reds to be fourth in the race, they should be closer to the top of the table than this season.
- Premier League Winner Prediction – Chelsea (5/1)
Runners Up/Champions League Qualifiers (2nd to 4th)
As you will know if you have read what I have written above, I have backed Chelsea to win the Premier League next season with Manchester United and Manchester City pushing them hard and Liverpool finishing fourth.
Unsurtprisingly, the odds for finishing in the top four for Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool are not that great with Liverpool 1/4, Manchester United 2/7 and Manchester City a very short 1/16.
Premier League Places (2nd – 4th) – 2nd – Manchester United, 3rd – Manchester City, 4th – Liverpool
As for who will go down from the Premier League this season, you always have to look at the newly promoted teams and as you would expect, they are all the favourites to be relegated with Norwich 10/11, Watford even money and Brentford 11/10.
I do think that two of these three teams will go down but I disagree with the bookies here as I think Watford and Brentford are the teams that I think will find life a struggle at this level once again.
Joining them this season I feel could be Brighton, who have defied the odds over recent seasons to stay up, but who I think having lost Ben White to Arsenal may well find this year a step too far.
Premier League Relegation – Watford (Evens), Brentford (11/10), Brighton (6/1)
Over the last few years, the Premier League top scorer honours have tended to be between a group of strikers. Harry Kane (currently of Tottenham), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester).
I do expect those six to be in amongst the goals again this season, but I also feel we may see more goals from the likes of Son Hyeong-Min (Tottenham), Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) and of course, if Chelsea manage to sign him, Romelu Lukaku.
If Man City don’t sign Kane, then I think City won’t win the EPL and Kane won’t win the golden boot. However, if they do, I feel City will land the title once again and Kane will likely be top goalscorer. However, Daniel Levy is a very tough negotiator and he has seldom if ever caved in to a players demand in the past and I can’t see that happening here, without City paying an absolute fortune.
That leaves us with an interesting dilemma and I feel the player to watch this season in Edinson Cavani (33/1). With Jadon Sancho supplying him alongside Bruno Fernandes, I think the Uruguayan ace may have just one more big season left in him and after 10 goals in 26 games (most as sub last season), I feel he could be a key man for United this year.
- Top Goalscorer – Edinson Cavani (Man Utd) – 33/1
The action starts this weekend and will continue through until May and it promises to be a very exciting season with the return of fans after almost a season and a half without them.