Pre-Season Premier League Odds at bet365 Indicate Highly Contested ChampionshipPublished July 30, 2016 by Florin P
New managers breathe new life into Premier League teams. Taking a look at bet365 Sports' odds for the upcoming intriguing Premier League season.
The Premier League is one of the strongest European football competitions, with several teams competing for the trophy each year. This season promises to be even more interesting, as some of the best managers in the world are at the helm of English teams. Last season, Leicester lifted the trophy, in what was one of the biggest surprises in the history of this division. The odds of this repeating are slim to none, but then again the odds on Leicester winning were 5000 to 1.
All Eyes on the Derby of Manchester
Manchester United and their city rivals are credited with the first chance to prevail, at a significant distance from the pack of favorites. Guardiola is the new manager at Manchester City and his track record explains the preference of bookmakers. Those who have an account at bet365 sports will enjoy odds of 9/4 on City to prevail. The Spanish manager was unstoppable with both Barcelona and Bayern, but English football is an entirely different beast.
Mourinho is more used to this competition and the former Chelsea manager has a lot of money to spend at Manchester United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was at the top of his priority list and the Swedish football player will spearhead the offensive for the Red Devils. It’s been a while since they won the domestic league and their performance in European competitions left a lot to be desired. With a new manager and more money than ever before, they are a force to be reckoned with and bookies price them at 7/2 to win.
Arsenal and Chelsea Tied at 6/1
London teams were more successful at winning the championship in recent years, but neither Arsenal nor Chelsea are favorites this season. The Gunners gets tested in the first match against Liverpool and once again they spent less money than most of their competitors. Wenger has turned the club into a money-making machine, but this came at the expense of performance. This year, he is encouraged by owners to spend more money and do whatever it takes to win the Premier League.
Chelsea lacks much of the glamour of its counterparts, but has enough great players to stand a chance. Last season was one of the worst in recent club history and both the owners and the fans have high expectations from this year. Conte did a fine job as manager of the Italian national team and had a convincing performance at the European championship. Chelsea has an easier schedule in the first month, before the team will be seriously tested in back-to-back games against Liverpool and Arsenal.
Dark Horses and Relegation Threatened Teams
Tottenham and Liverpool had their chance last season, but failed to take advantage of Chelsea’s struggles. They now start from scratch and will have to do more with less money. Bet365 has odds of 8/1 on these two teams winning the Premier League, similar to the ones offered one year ago. What they lack in novelty and resources, these two squads compensate through stability and consistency. They managed to retain their key footballers, who play well as a team and have the kind of synergy needed to prevail.
Hull, Burnley and West Bromwich are at the opposite end of the spectrum, as the main candidates for relegation. Those who hope to win a fortune can bet on any of these three teams to win the trophy at odds of 1500/1. Bookmakers are reluctant to cross this threshold, as Leicester’s success is still very much alive in the mind of football fans and punters. Sunderland, Watford and Swansea have clear objectives for the season, as the three teams try to avoid relegation and if possible, finish in the first half.
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