The upcoming season of the English Premier League will begin on Aug. 13. Unlike the Italian Serie A and La Liga, the defending champions come in as the favorites to revalidate the title. Manchester City leads the odds despite the fact that it was Manchester United which made a statement regarding new signings.
Chelsea and Liverpool will be in the mix once again while Arsenal and Tottenham are now considered dark horses. Let’s take a look at the sports betting favorites over the soccer odds board to win the EPL. Keep in mind that only one team (Manchester City) was capable of winning two straight titles in the last 12 seasons.
English Premier League Betting Lines
Last season, Manchester City won the title without too much trouble. They finished with 86 points, 12 more than the runners-up, thanks to a 27-5-6 record. They also finished as the top scoring team with 83 goals.
The Citizens also reached the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time but lost against Chelsea. Pep Guardiola and the team’s spine will be back. That’s why they’re offering a -150 price over the Odds to win the Premier League.
So far, they haven’t made an impact regarding new signings, but they’re waiting on Harry Kane. The forward already said that he doesn’t want to play for Tottenham anymore and City is ready to pay. Also, Angelino will be back after finishing his loan with RB Leipzig.
City will focus on winning the Champions League, but more than capable of winning both. With Ruben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva on the roster, sometimes it doesn’t seem fair.
The current European champions are offering a +500 price. Last season, they finished fourth with 67 points, 19 less than Manchester City, with a 19-10-9 record. Head coach Thomas Tuchel made quite an impact as they also finished with the second-best defensive record after allowing 36 goals.
Just like City, Chelsea hasn’t made any big moves. They signed goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and are waiting on Erling Haaland. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but dreaming is free.
Don’t get me wrong, their roster is very good, but Haaland will go to a more mediatic club. Chelsea’s roster includes Kai Havertz, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount. That’s more than enough to compete domestically.
They last won the EPL title in the 2016-17 season.
The Reds are also offering a +500 price. Head coach Jurgen Klopp will be back, making them a more tempting option. Yes, last season was kind of awful for them, but they managed to finish third with a 20-9-9 record.
Their attacking trio, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, remains one of the best in Europe. Defensively, they’ll have Virgil van Dijk back and they signed Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. Van Dijk lost all last season due to injury.
Takumi Minamino will also be back after finishing his loan with Southampton. He’ll add more depth to their offensive unit.
After winning their first EPL title (under that name) in 2019-20, Liverpool is eager to return to the top. They want to prove they belong to the elite. Winning the best league in the world is the best way to do it.
The Red Devils are going to have their best team in recent years. Last season, they finished as the runners-up with 74 points thanks to a 21-11-6 record. Head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is starting to develop the same winning mentality the team used to have with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Regarding new signings, Manchester United has made quite an impact. They signed Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
“I know Sir Alex was very, very close to signing him. He’s proved over his whole career what a good person he is first of all. Professionally, he’s won everything there is to win. I’m very happy about getting him,” said Solskjaer of signing Varane.
United is offering a +800 price. Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani will be leading the offense. David de Gea, Harry Maguire and Varane will head the defense. They’ve a pretty good chance of winning the title for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
Here we have Tottenham and Arsenal. The Spurs are offering a +4000 price while the Gunners are +4500. Arsenal has the edge for one reason as head coach Mikel Arteta has been building his project from the ground up. On the other hand, Tottenham is entering a rebuilding phase and they could lose Harry Kane in the process.
Last season, Tottenham finished seventh while Arsenal was eighth.
Final Analysis, Picks
I think Manchester City got exactly what they needed in order to truly challenge Manchester City. The Citizens will focus on winning the Champions League, leaving the domestic path clear for the Red Devils.
Regarding the dark horses, I do believe Arsenal will improve a lot. The Gunners signed Albert Lokonga and Nuno Tavares. Not playing an international competition will help them to focus on the EPL.