The Premier League season is just a week away and at the top and bottom of the division, speculation and anticipation is building as to who will be title chasing and who will be desperately fighting off relegation.
All the best bookmakers are offering enhanced odds and promotions as excitement builds, with topratedbettingsites.co.uk highlighting a number that can be used. But where are people putting their money?
With the first game of the season fast approaching, in which a title favourite takes on a relegation candidate, we take a look at where punters are putting their money along with our predictions at both ends of the table…
The Top Six
Everton, Leicester and Wolves have invested intelligently over the summer with all three being seriously debated as top six contenders. All three are priced at 7/2 and worthwhile wagers to finish in the first half a dozen, although improvements have also been made at the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, so it won’t be easy.
At the top of the table it’s all about two teams, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s men are odds-on to retain the title once again, but you do get the feeling the Champions League will be the number one priority for the Spaniard. Which could let Liverpool in. At 13/5 they’re certainly worth a punt, although Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino have had busy summers at the Africa Cup of Nations and Copa America, which could see fatigue come into play.
City’s squad size certainly gives them the advantage, but as we know from last season, at full strength, nothing separates the pair.
The Bottom Three
In the eyes of the punters it’s not looking good for the newly relegated sides, with both Sheffield United and Norwich odds-on to go straight back down. For the Blades, retaining Premier League status will be a huge challenge and they’ve been as good as written off by many.
The fate of Newcastle has been talked about greatly following the loss of Rafa Benitez and Saloman Rondon. The arrival of Steve Bruce didn’t thrill fans and at 9/4, the Magpies look the best value to face the drop.
Many are backing Aston Villa to survive, following some good business in bringing in the likes of Tyrone Mings, Wesley and Tom Heaton. In all they’ve spend over £100 million, the most in the Premier League and will feel well equipped to do battle.
Burnley are among the favourites to face the drop, alongside Brighton, both of whom struggled last season, particularly the latter who just could not score towards the end of the season. They’ve brought in Leandro Trossard for £18 million but it could take more than that if they’re going to beat the drop.