Tue, Jul 24, 10:10am by Staff Writer
The 2018/19 English Premier League season is less than three weeks away and after a scintillating World Cup in Russia, all attention turns to one of the world’s best domestic competitions.
Manchester City are the reigning champions after running away with the 2017/18 title. City were 19 points clear of rivals Manchester United and are short priced favourites to secure back-to-back championships.
They are $1.62 at Sportsbet, with a top four finish priced at $1.04 a near certainty.
Pep Guardiola’s squad remains largely unchanged other than the 60 million pound transfer of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.
The Algerian midfielder adds another layer of depth to City’s sublime midfield and has only served to strengthen their squad.
After making an unlikely Champions League final appearance, Liverpool are primed for the league season.
The Reds finished the last campaign in fourth position and will be looking to improve and win their first Premier League title.
They are $5.50 to do so, with coach Jurgen Klopp securing last season’s player of the year Mo Salah, as well as Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri in the transfer market.
Manchester United flew under the radar last season, despite finishing second on the table. They were without a trophy despite making the FA Cup final.
The Red Devils have thus far been quiet in the transfer market, bringing in Diogo Dalot and Fred, as well as goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke.
Priced at $7.50, it is difficult to see United challenging City or Liverpool given their current squad, but with Mourinho at the helm, anything is possible.
London sides Chelsea ($12), Tottenham ($15) and Arsenal ($21) are all priced in double figures to win the title at Sportsbet.
Chelsea is led by new coach Maurizio Sarri, while Arsenal replaced Frenchman Arsene Wenger with his countryman Unai Emery.
Tottenham’s squad features a number of players who competed in the recent World Cup in Russia, many of whom will have limited time to train with the squad ahead of the season. The Spurs could start the season slowly and that may cost them in their pursuit for a top four finish.
They will be playing in a newly built White Hart Lane after calling Wembley home for the past season. Spurs are $1.80 to finish in the top four, with Chelsea at $1.72 and Arsenal at a value price of $2.75.
Burnley will be hopeful of embarking on the club’s first European campaign when they face Europa League second round qualification matches this week.
They are $501 to win the Premier League title and after their unlikely finish in seventh position last season are $26 to finish inside the top six this season. A top half finish is more realistic for the club, although oddsmakers have priced this quite high at $4.
Of the newly promoted teams, Wolverhampton Wolves are the most promising. The side are $201 to win the Premier League and are not shy of spending money to bolster their squad.
Winners of the Championship last season, Wolves are $1.91 to finish in the top half, with rumours about that they are signing Portuguese international Joao Moutinho.
The other two promoted teams, Fulham and Cardiff are both $501 to win the title.
While a number of teams are fighting for a top of the table finish, just as many will be hoping to avoid relegation.
Cardiff ($1.67) are favourites to drop and are the only Welsh side in the competition after Swansea’s relegation last season.
Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield may struggle in their second season in the top flight, priced at $2.10 to drop.
Fulham ($2.60), Brighton ($2.60) and Watford ($2.70) all figure to be there-or-thereabouts at the bottom of the table, given their lack of transfer spending and playing depth.
English Premier League Odds – Sportsbet
Manchester City $1.62
Manchester United $7.50
Top Four Finish
Manchester City $1.04
Manchester United $1.17
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