The new 2018-19 English Premier League season is already here as the opening game between Manchester United and Leicester City is set for this Friday, August 10th, 2018, and until May 12th, 2019, we’ll see 38 rounds of the best soccer in the world and find out who will be the 2018-19 Premier League champion.
The future odds on a new season are already available on BetDSI Sportsbook, and the defending champions Manchester City are the strongest contenders to retain the title at -150 after dominating their rivals during the previous season. Liverpool at +400 and Manchester United at +700 both are determined to make a serious championship bid this year, while Chelsea at +1200, Tottenham at +1600, and Arsenal at +2000 all will be lurking from the ambush.
However, the battle for the Premier League Trophy is not the only excitement that is waiting for the bettors who can expect a thrilling fight both for the top-four finish and against the relegation, so let’s do some betting analyses and check out the latest transfer news from the English Premier League. Interestingly, the summer transfer window will close down on Thursday, August 9th, so the bettors will know the rosters for the first half of the 2018-19 Premier League season one day before the kick-off.
2018/2019 English Premier League Winners Odds
|Manchester City -150||Liverpool +400||Manchester United +700|
|Chelsea +700||Tottenham +1600||Arsenal +2000|
|Everton +25000||Wolverhampton +25000||Leicester City +30000|
|West Ham +30000||Southampton +50000||Burnley +75000|
|Newcastle +75000||Crystal Palace +75000||Brighton +100000|
|Bournemouth +100000||Watford +100000||Fulham +100000|
|Huddersfield +150000||Cardiff +200000|
The Citizens have completely dominated the previous season of the English Premier League winning the title with a 32-4-2 record and a goal difference of 106:27, breaking the league records for the most points won and the most goals scored in a single season. At one point, Pep Guardiola’s boys had 18 victories in a row, leaving the closest rivals Manchester United 19 points behind at the end of the campaign. The Citizens kept the whole team plus adding the winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City in a hefty $79.1 million deal, so the bookmakers just had to set them as -150 favorites to win the second Premier League title in a row. The major goal should be winning the UEFA Champions League for the first time in club’s history, but the Citizens will try their best to retain the crown at home, as no one managed to do it in the last nine years.
For 28 long years the Reds are waiting for the Premier League title and after some excellent performance throughout the 2017-18 season under Jurgen Klopp, the fans hope this might be their year. Although the Reds finished fourth in the English Premier League with a 21-12-5 record and an 84:38 goal difference, they played in the Champions League Final after quite a strong campaign, losing eventually to Real Madrid 3-1. While their rivals are still searching for new players, the Reds have already signed four, growing stronger their current squad with some world-class quality. The goalkeeper Alisson Becker arrived from AS Roma, the talented playmaker Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and the anchor-man Fabinho from AS Monaco will fortify the middle of the park, while the skillful forward Xherdan Shaqiri should add depth to the mighty front line with Mohamed Salah onwards. Liverpool’s primary target will be the Premier League Trophy, no doubt, so at +400 odds the Reds look like a nice wager.
The Red Devils will be looking for the final step after ending second last year with a 25-6-7 record and a 68:28 goal difference, as they played some cautious soccer finishing half of their games in the under of the total of 2.5 goals. The manager Jose Mourinho prefers tactical games, but sometimes he insists on a defensive approach, and the fans don’t like it. This could be Mourinho’s last chance to bring the Premier League Trophy back to Old Trafford, so he acquired the Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar, while the best is yet to come. Mourinho wants to strengthen the defensive line, so we could see Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham or Yerry Mina from Barcelona at Old Trafford very soon. At the front, the Red Devils will rely on Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, and with plenty of talent in the middle of the park, they should mount a serious championship challenge. The top-four finish at -275 is a must for the Red Devils whose fans will be satisfied only with the title at +700.
The Blues had a mediocre 2017-18 season, winning the English FA Cup, but finishing fifth in the league with a 21-7-10 record and a goal difference of 62:38, so they will miss the Champions League in this term. This will hurt financially, howsoever, leaving the Blues with more power for the Premier League gage. Hereof, at +1200 odds Chelsea seems like an intriguing wager, especially if they manage to keep Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge. The 27-year old talismanic forward has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but if the Blues retain his services, they should be strong contenders to win the 2018-19 title. Chelsea changed the head coach, hiring Maurizio Sarri from Napoli in place of Antonio Conte, while the defensive midfielder Jorginho also came from Napoli for a $66.5 million fee. We should see more from the Blues in this transfer window, so the bettors should keep track of the situation at Stamford Bridge, as the odds could be adjusted with new arrivals.
The Spurs did it well last year, finishing third with a 23-8-7 record and a 74:36 goal difference, but they were still far away from winning the title. Therefore, Tottenham is trying to keep the whole squad from the 2017-18 season, or at least the important first-team players, and the Spurs will have a tough job to make it so until the end of the summer transfer window. If they sell several players, including defenders Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, the Spurs will be a real long-distance shot at +1600 to win the title, while even the top-four finish at -125 will be in jeopardy. The prolific striker Harry Kane will have to replicate his magnificent performance from the previous season when he scored 30 goals in 37 Premier League appearances, while the playmaker Christian Eriksen is a similar case after recording 10 goals and 11 assists last year. The manager Mauricio Pochettino is coaching these guys for more than four years and it could the Spurs’ big advantage.
The Gunners split the ways with Arsene Wenger after 22 years, hiring a former Paris SG manager Unai Emery as Wenger’s successor, so they look like a mystery in this term. Arsenal has a couple of great strikers at the front in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the Gunners bought the Uruguayan dynamic midfielder Lucas Torreira to join Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park. If Unai Emery manages to assemble the side, Arsenal could be a potential surprise, and a great wager at +200 to finish among the top four teams. The Gunners will miss the UEFA Champions League for the second season in a row after they ended sixth in the English Premier League last year with a poor 19-6-13 record and a 74:51 goal difference. They played some entertaining soccer as 26 out of their 38 Premier League games had more than two goals in the total, but the Gunners will need to improve defensively if they want to qualify for the Champions League this time.
Winner: Liverpool (+400)
2018/2019 English Premier League Top 4 Finish Odds
|Manchester City -1600||Liverpool -550||Manchester United -275|
|Chelsea -150||Tottenham -125||Arsenal +200|
|Everton +2000||Leicester City +3300||Wolverhampton +4000|
|West Ham +4000||Southampton +5000||Newcastle +6600|
|Crystal Palace +6600||Bournemouth +10000||Burnley +15000|
|Watford +15000||Brighton +15000||Fulham +15000|
|Huddersfield +20000||Cardiff +30000|
Besides these six top teams we’ve spoken about, in the last 13 seasons of the English Premier League, only Leicester City managed to finish in top four back in 2015-16 when the Foxes completely upset the odds with winning the title. It’s hard to believe that someone could endanger the best teams this year, so the bookies set some tempting odds on Everton, Leicester, and West Ham which are all strong sides, but still far away from beating their rivals in the championship race. Everton signed the Brazilian forward Richarlison from Watford in a hefty $45.7 million deal, while West Ham spent $95 million on new players including the forward Felipe Anderson from Lazio and the talented defender Issa Diop from Toulouse, so these two clubs could be potential dark horses in the race for the Champions League tickets.
Top 4 Finish Betting Picks: Liverpool (-550), Manchester City (-1600), Chelsea (-150), Arsenal (+200)
2018/1019 English Premier League Relegation Odds
|Cardiff -150||Huddersfield +110||Fulham +200|
|Watford +200||Brighton +200||Burnley +400|
|Bournemouth +450||Newcastle +500||Crystal Palace +500|
|West Ham +700||Wolverhampton +700||Southampton +700|
|Leicester City +1400||Everton +3300||Chelsea +50000|
|Arsenal +50000||Tottenham +100000||Manchester United +150000|
|Liverpool +200000||Manchester City +400000|
The battle for survival in the English Premier League is always stirring, so the bettors should consider betting on the potential three last-ranked teams in the 2018-19 season before the kick-off. According to BetDSI Sportsbook, the newcomers Cardiff are the strongest favorites to be relegated with the wages at -150, while the other two sides that arrived from the second tier both have better chances to stay in the Premier League for more than one season – Fulham is at +200 and Wolverhampton at +700 to be relegated. Huddersfield, Watford, and Brighton all could struggle, but Southampton is an interesting pick at +700 odds to finish among the last three, as the Saints barely managed to stay in the league last year without buying top-quality players this summer.
Relegation Picks: Cardiff (-150), Brighton (+250), Southampton (+700)