The Premier League’s front four is set, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all guaranteed an automatic spot in the Champions League for this season. Hope springs eternal, of course, but Arsenal and United are likely to end up shivering at a Champions League spot instead of competing with City and Liverpool for the top two spots. Last season, Manchester City and Liverpool fought it out for the Premier League crown, with Chelsea and Tottenham taking the other two Champions League places.
Before last season, oddsmakers in England’s Premier League had Chelsea ahead of Liverpool as the likeliest contenders to Manchester City for first. The next-worst odds at +100,000 might sound impossible, but it is nothing compared to the +500,000 odds that Leicester overcame to claim a memorable Premier League title in 2016. Unsurprisingly, bookies made City the favourites to keep their title, coming from 2-0 down to defeat Aston Villa 3-2 on the final day to edge out Liverpool 9/4 odds on a one-point margin.
Defending champions Manchester City are favourites to repeat as Premier League champions, listed at -165 on Caesars Sportsbook. Liverpool, the only other club other than the two-time reigning champions to have won the Premier League since 2018, are next-best odds, listed at +250. Tottenham, though, has drawn the most significant amount of betting, with Caesars Sportsbook offering the enormous odds on a Premier League title, but will face an uphill challenge in overtaking reigning champions Manchester City. There is, however, a reasonably large gap between Tottenham’s quality and Manchester City’s or Liverpool’s quality at the top of the English Premier League, making Tottenham’s odds of betting on an England Premier League win +1200 an incredibly high stake. Manchester United’s odds for a clean sweep in the Premier League grew to +12500, but that was on the back of them overtaking Arsenal.
Chelsea is a regular presence in the European club’s premier competition, and Thomas Tuchels men are odds-on at odds of 18/25 (1.72) to continue the run, which has seen them qualify for the Champions League of the past four seasons. Liverpool has finished third or better in the table in the past four seasons, including a title-winning campaign in 2019-20. While Liverpool is still the second favourite for the PL title, the surprising fact is Tottenham is the third on the list to win the PL before Chelsea, and it seems possible as well, looking at their performance last season. After the 1st Game week, Tottenham stands first on the table after defeating Southampton 4-1.
In my opinion, I strongly feel City will regain the title after a busy time in the transfer window. Let us know who you think will lift the trophy.