Futures Odds to win the Premier League 2018/19
The English Premier League is the most popular league in the world because it is one of the most competitive, and for that reason you will always get attractive odds on the futures markets. Picking a winner in this league is no easy task, so we've done the hard work and analysed all of the teams that are in with a shot in 2018/19.
Can Manchester City go back to back?
Can Liverpool end their top-flight drought?
Can Arsenal or Manchester United turn around their disappointing starts?
Can Chelsea win again with a new manager at the helm?
Will a team from outside the top six win the league?
There's plenty of questions, but only one answer. Let's take a look at the odds.
Odds To Win The 2018/19 EPL
- 01The Favourite - Manchester City (-150)
- 02The Contender - Liverpool (+250)
- 03The Dark Horse - Chelsea (+1000)
- 04Same Old Tottenham (+1400)
- 05Jose Mourin-oh no Manchester United (+4000)
- 06Maybe Next Year Arsenal (+5000)
- 07The Rest
The Favourite - Manchester City (-150)
When you go through a season and manage 32 wins from 38 matches, notch up 100 points, accumulate a goal difference of +79 and finish 19 points ahead of your nearest rivals, the world stands up and takes note. Manchester City crushed it in 2017/18, and don't look much different this season. It's unsurprising to see them at such short odds.
City did most of their spending in the 2017 summer transfer window, so they come into this season with more stability, and the return to fitness of Sergio Aguero should send shockwaves through the competition. The Premier League veteran is still arguably the best in the world in his position, and his inclusion is a big bonus.
With incredible talent all over the pitch, excellent depth and a manager that has won the league in three of Europes's biggest divisions, there's little doubt they have the credentials to go back to back.
But Europe could prove to be the thorn in the side for City, and for this reason our advice is to steer clear of the Manchester club, at least for now. It's no secret that success comes in many forms, and Pep Guardiola will be aware that the Champions League is the final frontier for his men. Without tasting success in this tournament, City run the risk of going down in history as a good team, rather than a great team.
If City can cruise early and leave their opponents behind like they did last season, it won't be too much of an issue, but if the sky blues find themselves in a fight for the title in March, they will find it hard to focus on both the Champions League and the Premier League. If Guardiola has to choose between the two, he wil pick the former.
At -150 the decision is easy - hold off. There's no value in placing a bet on a 38 game season when your team is under evens.
The Contender - Liverpool (+250)
Jurgen Klopp has finally assembled the squad he thinks can challenge for the Premier League title, and the Reds are in arguably the best position to do so since the Premier League kicked off over 25 years ago.
It's true that this season's iteration of the team from Anfield is the most balanced we've seen in a long time. The lethal front three remain, while special attention has been given to the areas that Liverpool were lacklustre in over the past few seasons - centre-back and between the posts. Virgil van Dijk has more than lived up to his price tag, while the introduction of Alisson has finally settled the nerves amongst players and fans.
Then there is their depth. Players like Xherdan Shaquri and Fabinho have barely got a look in on the first team, and they are more than capable of filling the gaps when the schedule picks up in intensity. Daniel Sturridge looks to be back in form and in fitness. The self-proclaimed 'best defender in the world' Dejan Lovren hasn't had a look in. Jordan Henderson has played mostly from the bench.
Finally, if it comes down to head to head meetings with champions Manchester City, Liverpool appear to have the edge. They won three of their four meetings with the sky blues last season, and Klopp's overall record against Guardiola is excellent.
Liverpool started the season at around +450 and are already down to +250. Dare to dream? Place your money on the Reds now before their price dives further.
The Dark Horse - Chelsea (+1000)
In a real sign that this year's title race is going to come down to two, Chelsea are third on the odds table at +1000. They've only gone and won their first four matches, yet they aren't in the picture if the top online sportsbooks are to believed.
There's a huge element of the unknown around Chelsea this season. New manager Maurizio Sarri has brought a totally different style to Stamford Bridge, and it looks to be working so far. Eden Hazard hasn't played all that often, Willian (one of the Blues' best last campaign) has barely got a look in, and yet they are looking good.
Their involvement in the Europa League could hinder their progress, although it's much easier to put this competition to the side than the Champions League, so perhaps that will be an advantage. Either way, they have a great roster and a manager who looks to be the perfect fit. At +1000, now is the time to jump on.
Same Old Tottenham (+1400)
We'd really love to see Spurs win the title, but it's not going to happen. Their emphatic win over Manchester United at Old Trafford gave fans something to really sing about, but the fact that they followed up with a defeat to Watford just one week later proves that once again they are a sandwich short of a picnic.
Mauricio Pochettino did not make any additional signings in the summer, and while stability is a big plus, the side lacks the depth to really challenge. Harry Kane has looked tired since the World Cup, and they lack threat without his inclusion.
They also have the stadium drama taking away from their performances on the pitch; this alone is enough to derail a title challenge, as everything needs to go perfectly to win the trophy. We think they are good enough to finish top four once more, but that is the best they can hope for.
Jose Mourin-oh no Manchester United (+4000)
Wow. At this stage of a Premier League season, you'd really have to go through the records to find a Manchester United team at odds of +4000 to win the title. But it's not hard to see why they've been priced out of contention.
United's 3-0 loss to Tottenham told us many things, but the most damning was that the Red Devils are lacking in key areas of the pitch, particularly at the back. It was no secret that Mourinho was looking to bolster his team's defence, and while he has blamed chairman Ed Woodward, he must take some of the credit himself. Who in their right mind would want to play for Jose?
United will struggle to finish in the top four this season. It's hard to see a manager coming in to do much better than Mourinho, but it's worth a try. He'll be one of the first bosses to go, and United will write this campaign off early.
Maybe Next Year Arsenal (+5000)
There's no secret here. Arsenal have just replaced their most successful manager and one of the all time greats in Arsene Wenger. They are in transition and although new boss Unai Emery is a great fit, he will take plenty of time to get the squad that he needs to make his mark on the league. Don't waste your money on the gunners.
Leicester City will tell you that it's not out of the question for a team outside the top six to win the Premier League, and it's true that you just never know in football.
But truth be told, Leicester won their title by default. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City were all in transition, Arsenal were on the decline and Spurs... well they should have won it. This simply isn't the case in 2018/19.
Still, there are plenty of incentives, not least a chance to play in Europe in 2019/20. We'd love to see Watford maintain their impressive start and sneak into the Europa League places, and it's likely Everton will be in the mix as well after a good summer transfer window.
But in terms of the title, it looks to be a two or three horse race.