Manchester City are strong favorites to retain the Premier League title next season but there are three other teams with single-figure odds as the bookmakers indicate that they expect up to four teams to compete for first place.
City wiped the floor with their rivals as they took the title back from Liverpool, but Manchester United made significant progress in their bid to reach the summit once again, and Chelsea took massive strides forward under Thomas Tuchel – a fact underlined by their Champions League final triumph over Pep Guardiola’s team.
UK bookmakers have City at 4/6 to win the league again next year, and both Liverpool and Chelsea are around 11/2 with every bookie. It was a season to forget for Jurgen Klopp, but he will have been encouraged by the form they showed at the end of the campaign to secure third-place.
In mid-March, Liverpool were in eighth place, and eight points off the top four. They had lost six home games on the bounce, and the absence of their three first-choice centre halves plus captain Jordan Henderson was taking its toll.
But the Reds went unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures, finishing with five successive wins thanks to heroics from goalkeeper Alisson Becker and the most unlikely of defensive pairings, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.
With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back next term, plus the addition of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, normality should be restored at Anfield. Attacking reinforcements may also be targeted, so 11/2 could be more than fair for 2020’s runaway champions.
Unlike Liverpool, Chelsea somewhat stumbled towards the end of the domestic season and were lucky to finish in the top four thanks to Leicester City’s defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
But all of that was forgotten as the Blues won their second Champions League, and they are expected to further strengthen their squad after a huge summer of business last year.
Manchester United will also surely spend big, especially as their season ultimately ended in Europa League final disappointment. Their second-place finish was a huge step forward and at 9/1 they are expected to go closer again in 2021-22.
Ante post Premier League title markets are among the many popular features on UK betting sites, and you can expect to find plenty more this summer, including England vs Scotland betting offers, free bet promotions, and more.
The top four market is also an interesting one, and it’s Leicester who are the shortest price outside of the four main title contenders.
The Foxes are 9/2 to return to Europe’s elite competition, having missed out narrowly in each of the last two seasons.
Tottenham Hotspur, possibly without Harry Kane, are 6/1, while you can back Arsenal at 15/2.
Everton and Leeds United are 14/1 apiece, and West Ham United are also in that range but some firms have gone as short as 9/1 on David Moyes’ men.
Unsurprisingly, the three promoted clubs – Norwich City, Brentford, and Watford – are all joint-favourites for the drop at Evens. Crystal Palace are next at 5/2, and both Burnley and Newcastle United are priced at 11/4.