It seems as though the Premier League has only just ended, but it will once again be restarting for a brand new season on the 12th September. Teams will likely be trying to bring in new players all summer to help them improve on what they achieved last season, while the teams promoted will be hoping to ensure that they can stay in the Premier League this season.
Outright Premier League Winner
Manchester City @ 0.95
Despite finishing second in the Premier League last season, Manchester City are already the heavy favourites to reclaim their title in 2020-21. Pep Guardiola will be hoping for massive improvement across his whole squad, as the Citizens ended the previous season with just the League Cup to show for their efforts. Champions League defeat against Lyon would have been the lowest point of their season, but Guardiola has already brought in Nathaniel Ake and Ferran Torres to turn the tide in their favour. There will be extra pressure on Phil Foden, as the Englishman will likely be the star tasked with filling the void left by David Silva.
Liverpool @ 1.65
Jurgen Klopp’s side ended a 30-year wait for a domestic title in excellent fashion last season, as they 18 points clear of Manchester City. Defending a league title is often considered harder than actually winning the league, and Liverpool will be looking to bring in new signings over the summer to increase their chances of achieving that feat. Bayern Munich’s Thiago is a player that has been linked with a move to Anfield, while the club may also need to bring in reinforcements for the attacking positions, as injury to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino could severely hinder their title prospects.
Manchester United @ 7.75
Manchester United are considered the next best bet following the top two, and the initial signs of the changes made at Old Trafford by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been promising. United have scored more goals and conceded less than they did in 2018-19, and in Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba they have high-quality players in the middle of the park. There are still questions whether David De Gea or Dean Henderson will be United’s number one next season, while the potential addition of Jadon Sancho would certainly ensure that the Red Devils are a credible title contender.
Chelsea @ 13.00
Frank Lampard enjoyed a decent first season in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat, but the pressure on the former midfielder will be increased this term. With no transfer embargo hanging over them, the club have brought in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and both stars will be looking to hit the ground running. However, scoring goals wasn’t an issue for the Blues last season as it was keeping them out that was the problem. Chelsea will need to sign a new defender, and potential a new goalkeeper before they are mentioned as potential Premier League winners.
Premier League Relegation
West Bromwich Albion @ 0.90
West Bromwich Albion are the heavy favourites for relegation on their return to the Premier League, and much of that is down to the defensive record that they had in the Championship. The Baggies like to play on the front foot, but it is unlikely that they will be able to do that against more talented opposition. They conceded 45 goals in 46 games last season, which highlights that they must address defensive issues over the pre-season.
Championship playoff winners Fulham are also in the same position as the Baggies, as they had a poor defensive record in the Championship last season. Scott Parker is an inexperienced manager too, and whether he will be able to keep the club from Craven Cottage in the Premier League is a huge ask. However, in Aleksandar Mitrovic, they have a striker that certainly knows where the goal is, and he could be crucial to their chances.
Aston Villa @ 1.65
Aston Villa stayed in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season with a draw against West Ham United. BetXChange odds certainly show that there is a fear that Villa will be at that end of the standings once again this term, and their chances of staying up will likely hinge on Jack Grealish. The summer window remains open until October, and the Villa should do everything within their power to keep the talented midfielder. More reinforcements are needed in the attacking areas as they struggled to score last season. But, they should be safe if they reach the levels that they did in the final weeks of the 2019-20 season.
Premier League Winners Tip: Liverpool at 1.65 with BetXChange
Premier League Relegation Tips: West Bromwich Albion at 0.90, Fulham at 1.10 and Leeds United at 3.30 with BetXChange.
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