The Premier League has become a two-team race. Manchester City and Liverpool have been significantly better than every other team in England over the last two years, so the oddsmakers have made them the overwhelming favorites to win the 2020-21 Premier League per the EPL betting odds. During the 2018-19 campaign, Manchester City won the league with 98 points, while Liverpool finished one point behind the Citizens. The next closest team in the table was Chelsea which finished with 72 points. The 2019-20 season saw Liverpool claim its first domestic title in three decades with 99 points, and City was well behind with 81 points. Chelsea and Manchester United were even further off the pace with 66 points, highlighting the enormous gap these clubs must erase to compete with the two heavyweights once more.
Odds to Win the 2020-21 Premier League
Manchester City -130
Manchester United +1400
Tottenham Hotspur +7000
Leicester City +15000
Wolverhampton Wanderers +30000
Leeds United +20000
All Other Teams +50000 or More
Despite finishing 18 points behind Liverpool last season, Manchester City are the favorites to win the Premier League this campaign. The Citizens finished last year with the best goal differential in the league, and Pep Guardiola is much more confident in his back line now that Aymeric Laporte is healthy. Nathan Ake was brought over from Bournemouth for £40 million to alleviate some of the problems the center of the defense had last year, but the move everyone is buzzing about is a potential landmark deal.
Lionel Messi requested to be released from his Barcelona contract on August 25, fueling speculation that he would be joining City. There have been reports that Messi has spoken with Pep Guardiola about heading to the Etihad, and Marcelo Bechler has said that City are reportedly Messi’s top destination. That would certainly shake up the Premier League, as the thought of pairing Messi with Kevin De Bruyne in the middle of the pitch is a terrifying one.
Jurgen Klopp is probably the most respected manager in football at this point. Klopp led Liverpool to a Champions League title last summer, and this club finally ended its lengthy Premier League drought last month. They have been consistently world class over the last two years with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane leading the offense, and Virgil van Dijk helming a strong back line with Alisson in net. The Reds haven’t made any big moves in the offseason, selling Dejan Lovren to Zenit and replacing him with Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos, and it seems unlikely they will make a splash at this point.
Manchester United have finally found a manager that can get the best out of this club in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. While his tenure has been rocky at times, Solskjaer has kept the Red Devils competitive despite some glaring issues. Anthony Martial’s emergence up top has given this club a reliable scorer, and Harry Maguire was a valuable addition last offseason. However, there are still some problems in midfield as the Paul Pogba acquisition has not worked out well, and David de Gea looked shaky in net for United last campaign.
After a few lackluster seasons, Roman Abramovich has decided to open his checkbook once more in order to make Chelsea competitive. The Blues used the money from selling Alvaro Morata to bring in an even more dynamic forward in Timo Werner from Red Bull Leipzig, and Hakim Ziyech became the latest Ajax star to leave Amsterdam for big money elsewhere. Christian Pulisic looked sharp after the restart, so if you are going to bet on another club to win the Premier League outside of the top two, the Blues are the choice.
The North London derby has lost a lot of luster in recent years as both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have fallen flat. Both clubs finished outside the top five in the Premier League table last year, and both clubs will have to deal with the rigors of playing in the Europa League. Each team has several issues that will keep it from being truly competitive, but Tottenham are likely to finish ahead of Arsenal as the Gunners heavily rely on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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