The start of the Premier League campaign is only a week away! So we are bringing you the latest odds, from Paddy Power, on who will be crowned champions in May 2021.
Last season was a walk in the park for Liverpool, the finished champions on 99 points, 18 ahead of Man City. This season though, the blue side of Manchester will be hoping they can bridge that gap and regain the Premier Leauge trophy from Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The title was pretty much over by Christmas. Liverpool were 13 points clear at the top and unbeaten. It took until the 29th February for Liverpool to lose their first game, when they went away to Watford.
The 2020/21 Premier League will hopefully be a closer affair this season. City have started spending in the transfer window as well as the rest of the Top Six, but who is favourite for the title this season?
Man City – 8/11
City are the favourites going into the new season even though they finished second last season. They could become only the fourth team to regain their Premier League title, the year after losing it.
Manchester City will go into this season with lots of experience on how to win the Premier League. Guardiola is an experienced manager in terms of league winnings teams and this will have a huge impact. They have two titles in the last three seasons, unlike Liverpool who won their first last season!
The club has brought in Spanish forward Torres from Valencia and Nathan Ake from Bournemouth. He looks to be a replacement Sane, whilst Ake is coming in to add to City’s weak defence. On top of this City has a good squad with depth and plenty of cover for multiple positions should any player get injured. City look set for a good year and will definitely be up there, if not top, come May.
Liverpool – 15/8
Klopp and his team will full of confidence going into this season after having won their first Premier League last year. 99 points saw them absolutely storm to their first title, which was wrapped up with six games to go.
They have a very good starting eleven but it is back up players where they are lacking. They have multiple players in midfield, but it’s their defence and attack that is lacking. Liverpool have made just one signing so far and it’s a left-back but they are looking to agree on a deal for Bayern midfielder Thiago. They will need to look to bring in a forward though to cover Salah or Mane should injury occur.
However, if they can keep their squad fit for the season then there is no reason why they retain their league title. Liverpool has more than a good enough team and Klopp will be confident of being near the top come May.
Chelsea – 11/1
Last season they managed to finish the season well, sneaking into fourth spot in Lampards first season. Chelsea also went on to the FA Cup final but were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal. This season they are now allowed to sign players unlike last year when they had a transfer ban.
Chelsea haven’t wasted any time in taking advantage of this and have brought in some real quality. They have signed Werner, Ziyeh, Thiago Silva and Chilwell with Havertz on his way too. These are all good players who will greatly improve Lampard’s side.
At 11/1 it’s a good price, but it may be a step too far this season for Chelsea. The players they have brought in will bridge the gap to some extent and who knows, a dip in form for City and Liverpool and a rise in form for Chelsea could see a three-way title race.
Manchester United – 14/1
Solskjaer seems to have helped turn United around since his rocky start at the club. It went well for him at the start and then after that form dipped again. However, since then United have picked up and managed to finish third in the Premier League last season.
This summer they have been linked with Jadon Sancho who would be a great signing for them to try and catch up to Man City and Liverpool. United have agreed on a deal for Donny Van De Beek who will bolster their midfield. Now they need to look to add a new centre-back and maybe a left-back.
Ole has good enough players at the club to mount a title challenge but his biggest issue will be is consistency. Players like Rashford, Martial, Bruno and Pogba have shown how good they can be but don’t do it enough.
Depending on how Manchester United end the transfer window depends on whether they can be up there in May.
Arsenal – 45/1
The Gunners didn’t have the best of seasons in the league last year, finishing eighth however they did win The FA Cup. Top four never really looked achievable, especially after the shaky start under Emery. However, Arteta came in and steadied the ship and the season ended with impressive wins over Chelsea and City as well as beating Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Arsenal has signed the winger Willian as well as centre-back Gabriel from Lille for a fee of £27 million. He had a great season in Ligue 1 last year and Arsenal will hope he can do the same this year. On top of this, Arteta is still looking to strengthen in midfield, with The Gunners being linked with a move for Thomas Partey.
Aubameyang showed once again what a goal-scoring machine he is with 22 goals, one off the Golden Boot. If he is firing on all cylinders, who knows?
Spurs – 55/1
Tottenham went through huge change last season after a poor start under Pochettino. This meant the end of the Argentine’s manager at Spurs and they brought in Jose Mourinho. The season carried on being up and down but eventually, Mourinho got some consistency and they finished sixth in the league.
There is no doubting the ability that Spurs have in their squad and they have only increased this by bringing in Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Doherty. These are all players who will help the squad, but they won’t be superstars who take them to challenge the league. However, Spurs have these players in Kane, Dele and Son they just need to be consistent.
Keeping Kane fit for a full season is key. Last year he got injured twice, however, Son managed to step up and fill the gap. Mourinho is a good enough manager to win the league, he will just need a big bit of luck to go his way.