The 2018/2019 Premier League kicks off on Friday the 10th of August, 2018 when Manchester United host 2015/2016 champions Leicester City at Old Trafford. The previous campaign saw Manchester City triumph for the fifth time in record-breaking fashion with the highest ever number of points finish (100) and goals scored (106).
They might have been unstoppable but this season it’s going to be more intense with what is a six-horse race for the title and of course there are the outsiders. Here are the outrights from Bet365.
Two defeats and four draws were the only setbacks for the Citizens in the league last term. That however didn’t stop them towards ultimate glory as they finished a staggering 19 points ahead of their closest rivals Manchester United. The philosophy of Pep Guardiola seems to have finally taken root in the blue half of Manchester and it’s no surprise that they remain favourites with the bookies to retain the title.
The Reds might have finished third last term but it was one of their best seasons in a long while where they scored a lot of goals fun thanks to the trio Mohamed Salah – who finished as the league’s top scorer with a record 32 goals, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The Merseyside outfit also missed out lifting the Uefa Champions League, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid. They’ve however gone ahead to strengthen during this summer adding big quality in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker and will be aiming to break the jinx of not lifting the English top-flight title since 1990.
Jose Mourinho’s side finished second in the previous campaign which was their best end to a Premier League season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. They could not keep up pace with rivals City and also lost out in the FA Cup final to Chelsea. This coming season however offers United the chance to improve and have made steps by acquiring talented midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and prospect Diogo Dalot from FC Porto, with more signings expected before the close of the transfer window for purchases, a day before the Red Devils kick off the new campaign against Leicester City.
The Blues had a miserable 2017/2018 after lifting the league crown the previous season in dominant fashion, finishing fifth. This cost Italian Antonio Conte his job despite giving Chelsea their eighth FA Cup title. Another Italian in Maurizio Sarri has taken over the reins at Stamford Bridge after almost leading Napoli to Serie A title last season. The 59-year old man has brought Jorginho along with him and should add more reinforcements before they take off against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Sarri’s mission will be nothing more than to restore Chelsea’s pride and how better than with a seventh league crown.
Spurs are generally not seen as title contenders but having finished second in 2017 and within the top four for the past three seasons, they are not to be underestimated with the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen capable of pulling off big results for the London side. What’s more is that they are on the verge of moving to their newly constructed stadium after using Wembley last season and what better way than to be crowned league champions for the first time in 57 years.
The Gunners had a miserable 2018 that they’ll want to put behind them, finishing a low sixth and crashing out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage to Atletico Madrid. This culminated in Arsene Wenger ending his 22-year association with the North London outfit and coming in is Unai Emery who has had success with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. He too will be tasked with restoring the pride of the club that has not won the league title since their invincible feat in 2004.
The Toffees were the fifth biggest spenders in the transfer market last summer and it was expected that they’d break the top-six hegemony. However, a string of disappointing results cost Ronald Koeman his job and Sam Allardyce came in temporarily. Even though results improved, the Merseyside outfit couldn’t finish more than eighth position. Everton have gone for former Watford boss Marco Silva and not since 1987 have they been crowned league champions. It will take a big miracle if that happens come next May.
The Clarets deserve a lot of plaudits in that they were one of the surprise sides as they finished an incredible seventh and qualified for the Europa League. That’s a really fantastic feat for a team that operates on a very tight budget. After Leicester City did the impossible of lifting the Premier League in 2016, no team should be written off and Burnley could pull off another stunt this year. Punters who are bold enough to back them for the title will certainly make a massive fortune.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.