No sooner is one season over than the pundits are pulling out their crystal balls and making way-too-early predictions regarding the season to come. ESPN, The Score, talkSPORT, they have all been at it. So let’s take a peek at what they, along with some of the most respected sports bookmakers, have been saying, and do a little future-gazing of our own.
Reds slated to go one better
Last June, Liverpool were 5/1 to win the 2018/19 title, second favourites behind City. This year, those odds have been halved to 5/2 among some bookmakers.
If you’re seriously thinking of laying down some money, now is the time to do it, but be aware that with wagers placed so far in advance, the odds can shift dramatically between one bookmaker an another. It’s worth checking out a review or two of popular sites like BetVictor and the rest – but also keep a close eye on those odds, as they can shift almost before your eyes.
Tough times ahead for Arsenal
Changing odds aside, one thing on which the bookmakers agree is that City are favourites and Liverpool are the team most likely to cause an upset. But will it be a two-horse race like last year, or will the other Big Six teams come to the fore?
The general consensus is towards the former option. Last year, Manchester United were third favourites at 7/1, while this year, it’s Tottenham who are next in the rankings, and some bookies have them as long as 20/1. United and Chelsea are both around the 25/1 mark, while Arsenal are being written off already, at 50/1 or longer.
Long shot tempters?
Even die-hard Liverpool fans love to see a Cinderella story from time to time – for example, nobody begrudged Leicester’s incredible victory in the 2015/16 season. Are there any tempters for the season ahead?
It seems a little much to expect anyone from the mid-table to repeat Leicester’s heroics and win the league, but don’t be surprised to see an unexpected name muscle into the top six. Leicester are the obvious choice, but given their remarkable performance in their promotion year, many are tipping Wolves to go on to even greater heroics in 2019/20. They are currently 6/1 with BetVictor to finish in the top six and 16/1 to crack the top four.
Who’s going down?
Wolves were very much the exception last year in terms of promotion success. The other promoted clubs, Cardiff and Fulham, went straight back down, accompanied by the hapless Huddersfield. Next year, things might not be so clear-cut.
Of the three teams promoted, Sheffield United are likely to face the biggest struggle to stay up, and are odds-on favourites for a yo-yo at 4/6. However, Norwich have history on their side when it comes to battling at the highest level, and as for Aston Villa – this is a team that many feel is returning to where it belongs. Both have a good chance of staying above the likes of Burnley and Brighton when it comes to next year’s battle for survival.