By Anis Bazza
18th July 2018
As the dust settles on a memorable World Cup in Russia, attention will shift towards the upcoming domestic season. The Premier League odds 2018/19 for the league title have one clear favourite: Manchester City.
City accumulated the highest points total in history this year when they racked up 100 points. But can anyone pip the odds-on favourites as Premier League outright betting?
Premier League odds 2018/19: Manchester City (8/13) to do it again?
If Manchester City retain their trophy next year then they will be the first side in ten years to win back-to-back titles in the Premier League.
No club or manager has successfully defended their crown since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United doubled-up back in 2008 and 2009.
In fact, Pep Guardiola would be joining Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson as the only managers to have done so in the Premier League’s entire history.
City may have missed out on midfield target Jorginho, who signed for Chelsea last week, but the acquisition of 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez will only enhance their chances of securing a sixth ever championship.
Liverpool are trading at odds of 5/1 in the betting
The Premier League odds 2018/19 have Liverpool as a popular betting choice to pip Manchester City, after their performances in the second half of last season.
Jurgen Klopp led his side to a Champions League final and notably defeated the eventual league champions City three times across the course of the season.
City suffered their first domestic defeat of the season at Anfield in January before Liverpool swept them 5-1 on aggregate during the Champions League quarter-finals.
Liverpool have already made major moves in the transfer market signing Xherdan Shaqiri to back-up their front line for £13m.
AS Monaco’s Fabinho has also arrived, alongside Naby Keita – who they bought last summer – to significantly strengthen their much-maligned midfield. Another season of Mohamed Salah magic wouldn’t go amiss as they chase their first title in 28 years.
Manchester United (7/1) title odds
United haven’t won the Premier League in five years and despite comfortably finishing second last season they were still 19 points behind the champions.
That said, their odds are much more favourable than Liverpool’s. The 81 points they accumulated in what must have felt like a dead rubber campaign last season is commendable and not far off the tally usually required to win a championship.
However, this squad still requires major surgery and Mourinho has seemingly bought enough goodwill to be given another year.
Brazilian midfielder Fred has been signed from Shaktar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot, a young full-back from Porto, has been brought in to replace Antonio Valencia.
United’s squad might be extremely expensive but it’s still a forward and another defender or two from the level required to contest a league title with a Pep Guardiola team.
Tottenham Hotspur, a 12/1 title betting pick
Every season is seemingly made out to be a crucial juncture for Tottenham and owner Daniel Levy, but the truth is that everybody at the club will be quietly satisfied with the progress made in recent years.
There’s no real need to shift away from the transfer policy that has served them so well and the faith the club has in the manager’s coaching and development of players is their biggest strength.
That said, winning the Premier League is seemingly unlikely, judging by the fact the bookmakers have elected to give them the same odds as Chelsea – a side that finished below them last season.
Our betting tip is a Manchester City to retain the title and Harry Kane to finish as top goalscorer double at 9/2.
Premier League odds 2018/19: Chelsea 12/1
Incoming manager Maurizio Sarri ensured Chelsea stormed ahead of City in the race for Jorginho – a player who can define and transform the way Chelsea play football.
Anyone who watched his Napoli side will tell you that Sarri will bring an exciting, proactive approach to football at Stamford Bridge.
He will also hope to have the players at his disposal to hit the ground running. Key players Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante will be crucial if Chelsea are to compete for the title next season.
Premier League odds 2018/19: lowly Arsenal unfancied at 25/1
Arsenal’s odds have been slashed since the end of last season.
A summer of uncertainty and chaos seemed to be awaiting the Gunners but the club responded with a swift and calculated managerial appointment alongside a host of additions to the side.
Ex-PSG and Sevilla coach Unai Emery was a safe and sensible installation and alongside new Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat, the Gunners have firmly addressed the key gaps in the squad.
Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bern Leno will surely take Petr Cech’s place in goal whilst the defensive signings of Sokratis and Stephan Lichsteiner will add much needed experience and solidity to a turbulent defence.
Uruguay’s bulldog midfielder Lucas Torreira is one player to take notice of but tying Aaron Ramsey on a long-term contract should be Arsenal’s main priority.
The box-to-box midfielder is currently in talks with the club over a new deal having come off a season that saw him score seven open play goals and record eight assists in 21 league starts.
A title is a year too soon for Emery’s men, so our betting prediction is Arsenal to finish in the top 4 which is currently priced up at odds of 9/4.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.