Manchester City goes into this season as the strong favorite to win the Premier League once again, but Arsenal is a good pick to topple the champions.
Who do Bettors Favor?
Checking out the best-rated online sportsbooks we can see that bettors favor Manchester City to dominate the Premier League once again this season. The reigning champion is rated at -125 to win the league, with Arsenal the second favorite some way back on +475. Liverpool is priced as third favorite at +800 with Manchester United and Chelsea making up the rest of the top five.
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MTS Premier League Betting Briefing
The English Premier League is one of the top soccer leagues in the world, and is notably more open in terms of the number of teams that have won it, compared with the leagues in Spain, Germany and France. But that doesn’t mean it is a wide-open competition.
Six teams have won the Premier League this century, but two of them: Liverpool and Leicester City have only won it once apiece, and Arsenal twice, with the remaining titles won by Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. City, in particular, has established dominance, winning five of the last six Premier League titles.
Last season, City was pushed hard by Arsenal, but ultimately won through, as part of a historic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. Newcastle United also announced itself on the Premier League stage, finishing fourth and Manchester United enjoyed a resurgence after seasons of turbulence, ending the campaign in third place.
MTS Premier League Winners Betting
Manchester City has been the strongest team in English soccer for several seasons now and having finally won the Champions League, it is arguably at its peak.
Yet, in the ultra-competitive Premier League, no team can rest on its previous achievements and City is likely to find the challenge from its main rivals even stronger this season. Ilkay Gundogan’s departure is a big loss, and at best, the squad is the same as it was last campaign.
By contrast, Arsenal has strengthened significantly, bringing in Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber, and all of those signings were in place early on, which means that Mikel Arteta has had maximum opportunity to incorporate the new faces into his way of doing things. Last season the Gunners had a stunning start to the campaign before faltering before the end, but this time round, the squad is stronger and more experienced and Arsenal represents value.
Liverpool and Manchester United are both likely to mount a stronger challenge this season than last, but United’s off-the-field issues may yet derail the campaign, while the loss of Jordan Henderson has left a hole in the center of the Liverpool midfield that will not be easy to fill.
MTS Premier League Top Four Betting
Finishing in the Top Four in the EPL is a big deal, as it provides a ticket to the Champions League. Not surprisingly, the four teams discussed above are dominating the betting for a Top Four place, but there are some other contenders worth looking at.
Chelsea will have plenty of support from bettors due to the presence of new coach Mauricio Pochettino, but there is a lot of work to be done, and the Chelsea owner does not inspire confidence, while Ange Postecoglu may need longer than one season to turn Tottenham around.
A better option in the Top Four market is Newcastle. It has already made the top four once and with so much money and ambition behind it, has a good chance of improving further. Harvey Barnes and Tonali are good signings and Eddie Howe’s team looks a solid Top Four pick.
MTS Premier League Relegation Betting
Luton Town’s decline down the football ranks and resurrection back to the top flight over the last 30 years has been remarkable, but it is one of the smallest teams ever to feature in the Premier League and it is very hard to see it retaining a place at the top table.
There isn’t much value in the relegation market for either Luton or Sheffield United, however, while the other promoted team, Burnley, plays a style of football that can succeed in the Premier League.
Instead, there are some better options among those likely to suffer Second Season Syndrome. Bournemouth is a live candidate, having looked like relegation material for much of last season, but Nottingham Forest has the weaker squad and head coach Steve Cooper was under intense pressure before a final day victory over Arsenal secured survival. Rallying the troops a second time for such a gargantuan effort may prove beyond him this season.