The Premier League has begun again with plenty of speculation on the season’s championship favourites. The odds are swinging back and forth, leaving predictions excitingly uncertain, but Liverpool will be kicking us off as last season’s defending champions.
Having started in early September just seven weeks after the end of the 19/20 season, the official 20/21 season will conclude in late May with each team playing 38 matches. Only six teams have won the Premier League trophy since the top-level league came about in 1992.
This season, the odds opened with Manchester City being the favorite to win, closely followed by Liverpool. Manchester United and Chelsea, however, are considered clear contenders for the top spot against the two leads. Meanwhile Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion, and Fulham qualified up from the Championship for their chance at the title.
Liverpool may be the holdover champions from the 19/20 season, but it was the first Premier League win they’d seen in 30 years. If they can bring the same play to the field as last season where they broke an impressive host of records, they could pull through. But bookies were initially looking at Manchester City as a more consistent team to take the outright win. Across the board, both teams were confident picks for the top four, sitting next to Manchester United and Chelsea.
If long-time bettors or online casino goers trying something new are looking for more than just outright bets on the Premier League winners, there are plenty of other markets to choose from. To Finish Top Four is popular for speculation and what seems like a safe choice right off the bat with the favorite teams for the title being backed for top four. Without The Big Six, To Be Relegated, To Finish In The Top Half, and more player specific selections like Top Scorer and PFA Player of the Year are all available betting markets.
Favorites Hard to Pin Down
Now in full swing, the odds have started to shift from match to match, producing some very interesting results and creating what is starting to look like an open title race.
First Rounds Sets Split
After a strong start, Liverpool had a striking defeat 7-2 away to Aston Villa early on. However, despite not being the immediate favorite for outright winner at the beginning of the season, they are now outpacing Manchester City at 5/4 to follow up on their previous title. Manchester City isn’t far behind in terms of odds but has already put in a home defeat by Leicester City and are performing much slower compared to prior seasons.
A Change of Pace
Chelsea is maintaining their spot as the third favorite with 14/1 to win, but Manchester United are going to have to climb their way back to their predicted top-four position. Having faced a home defeat to Spurs and carrying two losses from three games, their odds have plummeted to 50/1. Tottenham Hotspur has unsurprisingly taken up that fourth place, making a real move on the market after defeating United.
In the meantime, West Yorkshire has won their fair share of fans with seven points from the four opening games and some exciting plays. Leeds United is sitting at 100/1 with big expectations from bookies watching Marcelo Bielsa.
For the newly promoted Championship teams, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, predictions favor their return to the Championship at the end of the Premier League. Before their match against Liverpool, Aston Villa was considered the third favorite for Relegation. Now, their win over The Reds have odds looking a little different. Burnley and Sheffield United, on the other hand, are two teams expected to struggle in the 20/21 season despite their performance in seasons past.