The English Premier League returns for another season on August 13.
After a tough year for football, it’ll be good to hopefully have fans back inside the stadium when Brentford and Arsenal kick off the new campaign.
Manchester City wrestled back the top trophy in English football with relative ease from an injury-plagued Liverpool side who ultimately did well to finish inside the Champions League places after a dismal campaign in 2020/21.
Ahead of the 2021/22 season, we are taking a looking at the top four favourites to win the Premier League. Join us as we preview and predict the upcoming campaign. If you’re going to be betting on football this season be sure to check out Bet365 for the best odds.
Manchester City (-163)
Pep Guardiola’s side is really fancied by the bookmakers heading into the new Premier League season. It’s hard to argue against Manchester City winning another English title after they made it look so easy last time out. After 38 games, ‘The Citizens’ had established a 12-point gap at the top of the table while also maintaining an impressive UCL run that saw them make it to their first-ever European final. It promises to be another busy summer for the oil-rich club who are rumoured to be lining up Harry Kane to replace Sergio Aguero who left as a free agent this summer and has since signed for Barcelona. Whatever happens, it seems highly likely Man City will be involved in the title race come May and fairly likely they’ll win the league once again.
Thomas Tuchel’s men might’ve beat Manchester City in the Champions League final but the oddsmakers don’t really fancy their chances of matching the English champions over 38 games. Chelsea are the joint-second favourites to win the league but can be found at pretty big odds of +500. A squad littered with young talent and immense ability they may just be worth putting some money on this season.
Things can’t really go any worse for Liverpool in 2021/22. The Reds endured a torrid campaign that saw them compete without any recognized centre-backs for the majority of the season. The talismanic Virgil Van Dijk appears close to full recovery now as does Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. The signing of Ibrahima Konate has bolstered their defensive options further. Jurgen Klopp’s men rallied at the end of last season to salvage a third-place finish. They head into the new season as the team that finished the last campaign in the best form. Can they keep it going? You definitely cannot write this side off.
Manchester United (+800)
Manchester United pushed their neighbors closest but in reality, they were simply the best of a bad chasing pack who were nowhere near the eventual winners. ‘The Red Devils’ have been the busiest Premier League side in this transfer window and have bolstered their squad with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane (subject to medical). It doesn’t look like they will be stopping the shopping spree anytime soon. A forward still appears to be a necessity in order for them to truly compete at the top of the table. While Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford seems to be uncertain, to say the least. The oddsmakers are probably right to count them out of the immediate title race as it may take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer another year or two to get this side in true fight shape.
Ultimately, it’s hard to look past Manchester City. The odds are short, but they are a reflection of just how truly dominant they were last year. Pep Guardiola’s men are certainly the safest bet although you may have to bet big to see any type of worthwhile return.
We expect Liverpool to run them close. The Reds on their day are unplayable and very capable of matching this City team win for win.
Unfortunately, Klopp doesn’t have the same resources or squad depth at his disposal so will need a bit of luck with injuries in order to be a true competitor this season.
Who do you think will win the 2021/22 Premier League?