English Premier League Betting Preview

Here is the first of our 2021 / 2022 Premier League betting guides with a focus on the title favourites.

Jack Hartman
August 15, 2021
August 15, 2021

With the dust barely settled on Euro 2020, attention has turned towards the start of the new Premier League season.

In what was a long 2020 /2021 Premier League season, Manchester City emerged victorious racing clear of their main title rivals to win a 5th Premier League title. At the other end of the table, we said farewell to Sheffield United, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion. In total, we saw 1,024 goals being scored, 48 red cards and 4 managerial changes. With more of the same to come and the arrival of new boys Brentford, Norwich and Watford everything is set for another really exciting season.

Here is the first of our 2021 / 2022 Premier League betting guides with a focus on the title favourites.

Premier League Outright Winner Odds

Manchester City - 4/6
Liverpool - 5/1
Chelsea - 5/1
Manchester Utd - 8/1

The top of the outright winners market is dominated by four teams, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United and you would be hard pushed to think any teams outside of these four can truly challenge, Leicester who finished 5th last season are priced at 40/1 with previous top 4 contenders Tottenham and Arsenal both priced at 50/1.

The big money is on Manchester City and Pep Guardiola's side to reclaim their title. Despite a slow start and several key injuries to key players, the Citizens were a class apart last year, winning the title by a margin of 12 points, scoring the most goals and conceding the least. However, the season finished poorly with a gutting Champions League final defeat to Chelsea. City have sent some warning shots to their rivals with the promise of big spending this summer - with both Jack Grealish and Harry Kane being identified as top targets. It has been joked by pundits that City's second team could compete for the Premier League title, and if they can get both Grealish and Kane over the line, Guardiola will have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal that will take some stopping.

A glimmer of hope that City's rivals will be looking to exploit will be their desire to win the Champions League and that they take their eye off the ball domestically. However, City are rightfully the bookies' favourites and it will take an enormous effort from somebody to deny them another title.

Liverpool and Chelsea both priced at 5/1 do offer some good value but both head into this season with questions to answer. Liverpool did fantastically well to finish in third last season when at times it looked like a top 4 finish was unlikely. A 10 match unbeaten run towards the end of the season, which included 8 victories showed signs of the class side Liverpool are. Devoid of several key players and dealing with the lasting effects of a first title win in a generation - a top 4 finish could be considered a successful season but they will be looking for more this time around.

With the return of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and new signing Ibrahima Konate, defensively Liverpool will be looking to revert to the solid foundation that provided the platform to their 2019 / 2020 title-winning season, but it's upfront where Liverpool need a resurgence. Last season Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino looked a shadow of their former selves and they will need to find the back of the net consistently for The Reds to be considered real title challengers again.

Chelsea enters the season full of hope after claiming their second Champions League title. The evolution under new boss Thomas Tuchel was extraordinary with The Blues becoming incredibly tough to beat and controlling possession in the majority of their games. After a slow start to last season especially away from home, Chelsea's title charge was over before it began, this season they will be looking for a fast start so that they can maintain the pressure on Manchester City.

One area that Chelsea will be looking to improve is in their attacking play. It looks as if Chelsea's front line will be due an overhaul with rumours that Tammy Abraham will be sold and Tuchel not appearing entirely convinced with Timo Werner. Chelsea are in the market for a new striker and have been linked with some of the worlds best strikers in Romelu Lukaku, Erling Haaland and Harry Kane. There is a concern that for all their solid defensive play Chelsea needs a man that can score them 20+ goals, and to be considered true challengers Chelsea will need to upgrade this position.

Manchester United are currently the fourth-ranked title favourites at 8/1 and for a side that finished a distant second last season, I do think this offers a great bit of value. The starting 11 is as good as anybody's in the league, with the defence looking particularly solid especially with the arrival of former Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. Add to the mix Jadon Sancho and you suddenly have a really strong looking United side.

Questions will remain over their forward options, it looked like the pace of the Premier League finally impacted Bruno Fernandes as he tailed off fairly dramatically towards the end of last season, Marcus Rashford is set to miss up to three months of the new season after opting for shoulder surgery, Mason Greenwood already looks a class apart but is young so will have games where he won't quite be at his very best and Edison Cavani, is another year older so it will be interesting to see if he can keep the injury demons away.

The other question mark is whether United have enough to get over the line. In the Ole Gunnar Solksjaer era, they have lost numerous semi-finals and last year's Europa League final. If they can keep themselves in the mix as the season draws to a close it will be interesting to see if they can hold their nerve.

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