Who: Wolves vs Manchester United
When: Monday, August 19th @ 3:00 pm ET
Line: Wolves +230 | Draw +225 | NYCFC +138
The gloomy atmosphere parted ways for bright sunshine at Old Trafford with Manchester United’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Chelsea. After much uncertainty, a strong performance like that reaffirmed the many positives of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s philosophy.
Now, consistency is key for United to fight for a permanent Premier League top-four spot. However, a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers is anything but fun. Granted, Wolves’ season began with only a draw, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with at home. Considering their impenetrable fortress that is the Molineux Stadium, OGS and co need to be at their strongest to sustain their wonderful start.
Wolves Likely Starting XI:
Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Moutinho, Jota, Jimenez.
Wolves shouldn’t have to make any changes from last week because of how well synchronized their regular starting lineup already is at home. New signing Patrick Cutrone, I think, will need to wait for his league full-debut after featuring on Thursday’s UEFA Europa League qualifiers game.
Manchester United Likely Starting XI:
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, James, Pereira, Rashford, Martial.
Thankfully for OGS, all three summer signings shone through with strong performances against Chelsea. Daniel James, I feel, should get his full Premier League debut after impressing at Old Trafford. Fred, as well as Nemanja Matic, are yet to prove themselves worthy of breaking into the midfield, while Alexis Sanchez remains unfit amidst questions marks around his future.
Wolves vs Manchester United Match Preview
Well, this hasn’t exactly been the nicest hunting ground for Manchester United in recent times. United lost twice in both visits to the Molineux last season, leaving OGS frustrating. When you look back at how end-to-end, action-packed the fixtures were last season, I think some fireworks are guaranteed on Monday.
United, although, look a much more refreshed side from last season thanks to an effective pre-season. They’re now fitter, more energetic in the field and most importantly, looking very strong defensively with Harry Maguire along with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s heroics. With Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial roaring, Daniel James bringing the speed, Paul Pogba enjoying life, United look daunting going forward again.
However, they must put in a more compact performance than against Chelsea. Some worrying signs crept up last season, as they were overrun in midfield and albeit sloppy going forward. Those cobwebs must be extinguished if Solskjaer truly wants his side to come out with comprehensive victories away from home.
A cruel case of VAR denied Nuno Espirito Santos’ side an opening matchday win. While they weren’t as clinical as last season against Leicester City, Wolves tend to turn up the volume at home. The atmosphere, fan-support, and similar surroundings all work wonders in amplifying the effectiveness of their fast breaks and beautifully linked attacking style.
If the Raul Jimenez-Diogo Jota duo isn’t deadly enough, new signings Pedro Neto and Cutrone’s arrival has amped up their dynamism. It’s effectively an attack vs defense battle for both sides to decide the encounter. But with United desperate to break their curse, I think their superior momentum along with rigid shape will offer the hosts a menacing challenge than last season.
As much as a giant threat Wolves are at home, I think United should scrape a win. OGS’ side looks confident, happy and well-synchronized. These are all potent ingredients to get a narrow win on Monday night.
Who: Manchester City vs Tottenham
When: Saturday, August 17th @ 12:30 pm ET on NBC Sports
Where: The Etihad
Line: Manchester City -286 | Draw +450 | Tottenham +700
Well, the Premier League title defense got off to the perfect start for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side crushed West Ham United 5-0 to kick-off their campaign, which doesn’t really seem surprising if you see they’ve scored 22 goals at the London Stadium in recent years.
Going by their untouchable dominance, there aren’t many to stop their annihilation. However, UEFA Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur could have something else in mind Mauricio Pochettino’s side threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Aston Villa, with their relentless attacking nature proving they’re capable of blowing away any side. Tread carefully, Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City Likely XI:
Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero.
It’s probably affirmative towards their unbelievable depth that even without regular starters like Sergio Aguero or Bernardo Silva that City destroyed West Ham. Both players should start at the Etihad Stadium knowing their comfort at home. New signing Joao Cancelo made the bench on Saturday, but should get his debut to weave his magic against Spurs.
Tottenham Hotspur Likely XI:
Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Ndombele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Kane, Moura.
Tottenham Hotspur’s newest signing Tanguy Ndombele had a dream debut against Villa. Now, he’ll be expected to prove his mettle against the daunting Man City. Spurs’ other signings Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso are still being phased in, while Dele Alli is still injured. However, Heung-Min Son should draft back in after serving his suspension, as should the influential Christian Eriksen.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview
Going by the attacking intensity both sides displayed in Matchday 1, this should be an end-to-end encounter. Of course, overruling the champions at their own yard is no joke, but Mauricio Pochettino’s sides’ fearlessness could result in a feisty encounter.
However, City love breaking spirits. With RaheemSterling scoring, Mahrez assisting and De Bruyne dominating the midfield, the champions look just as good (if not better) as last season. With Aguero’s as well as Bernardo Silva’s introduction, the lethality meter will spike up.
Considering they netted 57 goals (more than 3 per game) at home last season, City’s impenetrable home rule should continue through this season. However, John Stones’ uneasy moments in defense last week raised questions. Guardiola needs to fix that to neutralize Harry Kane and co.
Tottenham are looking a more menacing unit this season. They attempted 24 shots against Aston Villa in an absolute unrelenting approach. With Tanguy Ndombele’s dynamic presence in midfield, Spurs’ fluidity in possession has been amplified. Harry’s Kane’s scoring early, Christian Eriksen’s assisting while Lucas Moura and Son remain persisting threats.
While both sets of wing-backs are crucial with their contribution on both sides of the field and center-backs vital to contain the onslaught, the real battle will be in midfield. As Spurs’ defensively solid, bullish trio take on City’s possession masters, sparks are bound to blow over.
Whoever dominates the midfield or breaks their opponents’ line should come out victorious. Of course, City also have revenge on their mind after the Champions League elimination earlier this year, so they’ll be out for blood like thirsty hounds.
This should be a thrilling, open encounter between two unflinching teams, producing plenty of goals. However, I don’t see Spurs unsettling City this early at the Etihad and Pep’s side should get another decisive win to retain their top spot.
While Manchester City and Liverpool cruised to expected and decisive wins on the Premier League‘s opening weekend, a few teams surprised. Which Premier League teams were betting market risers and fallers after matchday 1?
Manchester United’s throttling of Chelsea saw new money placed on the Red Devil’s title and top 4 odds.
United has seen their title odds go from +3300 to +2800 on DraftKings Sportsbook NJ. They’ve moved from top 4 even money (+100) to odds-on (-118). The improvement is more steep at FanDuel Sportsbook, where Man U jumped from +3800 to +2600 to hoist the EPL trophy (can you imagine reading that sentence just 7 years ago?)
On the other end up the spectrum, FOURTH PLACE BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION saw their relegation futures go from +180 to +300. They’re now the 7th most likely club–according to oddsmakers–to be relegated.
As for City and Liverpool? Slight bump for City (-200 to -230 on DK, -230 to -270 on FD) and downgrade for Liverpool (+275 from +250 on DK, no change on FD).
The Blues doubled their longness on the title, going from +3300 to +6600 (which seems awfully generous). Their top 4 chances moved from +110 to +225. Top 6 is still odds-on, but from -455 to only -250.
Not that West Ham was a serious title contender, but they un-improved from +50000 to +75000. Their top 6 odds took a hit from +1100 to +1600.
On the relegation side, it wasn’t Newcastle…poor, sweet, suffering Newcastle…but Crystal Palace that suffered the most after opening matchday. The Eagles went from +500 to +275 for a bottom 3 finish.
Soooo…who all had Brighton & Hove Albion in a UCL spot after matchday 1 of the Premier League?
Or Chelsea in relegation? If our math skills are correct, Chelsea is on pace for 0 points and a -152 goal differential.
Things will start normalizing this week. Here are the lines.
2019-20 Premier League Matchday 2 Odds
Some really interesting games this week. As always, if you need a refresher, please read how to bet the Premier League in the US. If you live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you can bet soccer online. Home team listed first.
|Saturday, August 17th|
|Arsenal -360||Draw +450||Burnley +1050|
|Aston Villa +135||Draw +240||Bournemouth +200|
|Brighton +155||Draw +220||West Ham +200|
|Everton -139||Draw +290||Watford +375|
|Norwich +120||Draw +240||Newcastle +230|
|Southampton +675||Draw +375||Liverpool -245|
|Manchester City -286||Draw +450||Tottenham +700|
|Sunday, August 18th|
|Sheffield +150||Draw +220||Crystal Palace +200|
|Chelsea -134||Draw +260||Leicester City +400|
|Monday, August 19th|
|Wolves +245||Draw +240||Manchester United +115|
Odds & Ends
- Matchday 2 certainly isn’t a make or break for West Ham. They’re not getting relegated. But any hope of a top 6 run takes a major hit if they go two weeks with zero points. Can Brighton really earn 6 points after two weeks?
- Newcastle wasn’t that bad matchday 1. Should their odds be that long on the road against Norwich? Actually scratch that. Yeah they should. But still.
- The marquee match-up for the week is obviously Manchester City vs Tottenham. Spurs are +700. Seems about right. But this will be an indicator as to how good Spurs actually are this season.
- Chelsea. Ouch. Now Leicester comes for a visit. Things could go off the rails quickly for Frank Lampard if the Foxes steal 3 points.
- Manchester United +115 on the road against Wolves? Feels like an overreaction to matchday 1. Wolves at +245 feels like a bargain.
The 2019-20 Premier League schedule kicks off one month from today!
With that in mind, let’s take a look at matchday 1 betting odds.
Premier League Matchday 1 Odds
|Friday, Aug 09, 3pm ET||Liverpool -670||Draw +700||Norwich City +1900|
|Saturday, Aug 10, 7:30am ET||West Ham +900||Draw +480||Manchester City -345|
|Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET||Bournemouth -112||Draw +275||Sheffield United +295|
|Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET||Burnley +160||Draw +225||Southampton +285|
|Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET||Crystal Palace +170||Draw +225||Everton +175|
|Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET||Leicester +135||Draw +225||Wolves +220|
|Saturday, Aug 10, 10am ET||Watford -110||Draw +235||Brighton +340|
|Saturday, Aug 10, 12:30pm ET||Tottenham -385||Draw +460||Aston Villa +1200|
|Sunday, Aug 11, 9am ET||Newcastle +265||Draw +265||Arsenal +100|
|Sunday, Aug 11, 11:30am ET||Manchester United +125||Draw +230||Chelsea +230|
Odds & Ends
Note, this post was written on July 09, 2019. There are still summer transfers to come that may impact these lines. We’ll update this portion of the article closer towards matchday 1.
- Champions League winner Liverpool ushers in the new season at home against promoted Norwich City. With the game at Anfield, they’re the heaviest favorite of the week. The 3-0 correct score prop bet (+525) and 4-0 (+750) are worth looking at more closely.
- The next couple of bullets have the caveat of “let’s see how transfers impact these lines,” but we’re high on teams looking to punch through the Big 6 this season. So Everton (+175) as the slightest of underdogs away at Palace is interesting.
- Same for Wolves (+220) at Leicester City.
- Southampton feels like a mid-table team this campaign. That +285 away against Burnley is appealing.
- This may change depending on the manager selection but Newcastle at home (+265) could catch an Arsenal squad (+100) that is potentially on the decline.
Earlier this week, we made our 2019-20 Premier League title, top 4, and relegation predictions.
Now we’re going to take a look at some individual player and manager performance and prop bets for the season. Back again are site contributors Tyler Everett, ex-Newcastle forward Carl Cort, and Statsbomb writer and High Press Soccer contributor Grace Robertson
Who will win the Golden Boot for top Premier League goal scorer this year?
Odds from FanDuel Sportsbook: Harry Kane +350, Mohamed Salah +500,
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang +650, Sergio Aguero +650, Raheem Sterling +1600, Sadio Mane +1600, Jamie Vardy +1800, Alexandre Lacazette +2600, Gabriel Jesus +2900, Marcus Rashford +2900, Moise Kean +3400, Sebastien Haller +3400, Roberto Firmino +3400, Nicolas Pepe +4500
|Chops||Well, if you look at the odds, it’s Harry Kane (+350), Mo Salah (+500), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (+650), Sergio Aguero (+650) and everyone else. |
Of those, while I think Harry Kane will be lights-out this year, how can you go against Mo Salah? He’s won it the past two seasons. He’s going to finish more chances this year than he did last year (although he couldn’t finish a sentence in the Community Shield). It’s hard not to like Mo.
It’s worth noting though if you’re looking for value, Raheem Sterling at +1600 is interesting and Nicolas Pepe at +4500 is crazy.
|Tyler||Will Kane enjoy good enough health to be a more prolific scorer than he was a year ago? You would have to imagine so. Still, I think he’ll be closer to last year’s tally (17) than the numbers he posted in ‘16-17 (29) and ‘17-18 (30). With Son Heung-min and this team’s growing number of dangerous midfielders, there will be enough balance to prevent Kane from leading the EPL in goals. |
I’d probably lean toward Salah even if his and Kane’s odds were the same, so the fact that the payout is bigger if the Egyptian wins this race makes this an easy choice. Let’s say the Salah we should expect over the coming years is the average of last year (22) and his monster ‘17-18 (32) — that would be 27, which ought to be plenty.
|Grace||I tend to favour Salah on this front. After a perceived down year last time, I think he’ll find space a little easier to come by with opposing defenders not marking him quite so tightly. Aubameyang could easily score a lot of goals again. If you’re looking for an outside bet, I’ll take a swing and suggest Sebastien Haller (+3400).|
|Carl||It’s a close call for me between Sadio Mane and Aubameyang but I’m going to have to go with Mane through this campaign. Not that I think he’s the best out and out goal scorer in the league. But he is definitely one of the most dynamic attacking players surrounded by exceptional quality.|
Who will be the first manager sacked?
Odds from various sites: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer +500, Roy Hodgson +600, Graham Potter +800, Steve Bruce +800, Marco Silva +1400, Sean Dyche +1600, Frank Lampard +1600
|Chops||First, it’s hard to ignore OGS (+500) and Frank Lampard (+1600) if for no other reason than the instability of their organizations. Being a Chelsea manager is like being the drummer in Spinal Tap.|
In OGS’ case, it would be a stunning admission of incompetence by management to sack him this soon. In Lampard’s case, because it’s a transitional year, and he’s a veritable Blues legend, Chelski will give him a full season.
To me, it comes down to Roy Hodgson and Steve Bruce. I’m leaning towards Hodgson. Palace feels set up to fail early on, and Hodgson will pay the price.
|Tyler||I think there’s a good reason OGS is +500 here. There are a million ways this ManU season can go wrong, and the good feelings OGS engendered last spring will be distant memories if this team struggles for more than a week or two. Though managing Chelsea is always dicey, no matter who you are, I think a coaching change is more likely in Manchester than in west London.|
|Grace||Is Solskjaer that bad? I mean, he’s not great. But the club have emotionally invested a lot in him and, while they didn’t get everything done that they wanted, it looks a stronger squad to me right now than last season. I don’t see anything brilliant happening at Man Utd, but I think he holds on for a while.|
Elsewhere I think Marco Silva isn’t as safe as some perceive him to be. We saw it two years ago that Everton were not afraid to sack Ronald Koeman after spending big and not seeing instant results. It wouldn’t shock me if the same thing happened again.
|Carl||I have to agree with you on this one Chops. It seems as though Newcastle have accepted mediocrity and this fact will keep Steve Bruce in the Job longer than he should be. Hodgson will be the first to see the door!|
Which new transfer will have the greatest impact on his team?
|Chops||I want to go with Nicholas Pepe, and not just because he’s on my fantasy team. However, scoring goals wasn’t Arsenal’s biggest issue last year. Pepe will have a solid year and contribute to Arsenal’s top 4 run, but his exact impact may be harder to quantify. |
However, I’m on Sébastien Haller’s corner. He’s in his prime. He fills a need for the Hammers. If West Ham are sniffing around the top 6 in April as I suspect they will be, we’ll all be talking about Haller’s impact.
|Tyler||I like both Pepe and Haller a lot — and expect big seasons from both — but I’m going to go with … Christian Pulisic? As bullish as I am on our USMNT’s own, not quite. For me, it’s Tanguy Ndombele at Tottenham. There’s a reason he was as coveted as just about anyone this summer, and I think he’ll turn heads. I’m buying the hype on the 22-year-old, who will quickly blossom under Pochettino.|
|Grace||It’s gotta be Ndombele for me. Spurs were a mess in midfield last season and played their best stuff by often bypassing it altogether. In order to rejuvenate that area of the pitch, they needed someone who could do a bit of everything, and they got exactly the man they needed in the Frenchman.|
In terms of others to make a big impact, it’s a sink or swim move, but I think Pablo Fornals could do really well for West Ham. The Spaniard is a perfect Manuel Pellegrini player and can fill the kind of role that David Silva played on his Man City team. It could be a disaster and he’ll be back to Spain in a year. Or it could really work and he’ll make a move to a top 6 club.
|Carl||I still believe Arsenal will surprise the league this season. What brings me to this conclusion is the addition of Nicolas Pepe, who I think will have a huge impact on their success and the greatest impact of the new transfers.|
What do you think Christian Pulisic’s total goal and total assists will be for the season?
Odds from FanDuel — Goals: Over 9.5 (-134), Over 12.5 (+320) | Assists Over 9.5 (-223), Over 12.5 (+200)
Also read: Christian Pulisic prop bets
|Chops||Wow. So oddsmakers are bullish on Pulisic’s impact this year. He’s odds-on for at least 10 goals and 10 assists. If he hits those marks, he’d be the new answer for “biggest impact player.”|
I like Pulisic, he’s looked great in preseason. But can we temper our expectations on him a bit? Kid is 20. The good news for him is he’ll have plenty of opportunity in Lampard’s offense. Let’s keep in mind though he wasn’t regularly starting for BVB last season. The Premier League is a different beast than the Bundesliga.
Pulisic: 7 goals, 11 assists (which would be a fantastic debut season)
|Tyler||I’m with Chops. As excited as I am to watch him, 10 goals and 10 assists would be a pleasant surprise. As we discussed on the most recent High Press Pod (LINK IF POSSIBLE), I think the O/U on goals should have been more like 8 or 8.5. In that case, I would have bet the over. And I’ll say he comes as close as he can to 9.5 assists without actually hitting it.|
Pulisic: 9 goals, 9 assists.
|Grace||He’s clearly a really talented kid and I don’t have too many doubts that he’ll be an excellent signing for Chelsea in the long term. But if we’re talking right now, it could be a tough long season for Pulisic. Chelsea could be a mess this year, and he’s got a brutal spot in filling Eden Hazard’s shoes. I’m going for 7 each, which would still be the most he’s had in his career.|
|Carl||Pulisic is an exciting player to watch. He seems to play with no fear and possess the capabilities of beating players. With that being said I just don’t think he’s going to have a significant impact on the league this season. Firstly he’s still 20 years old, lacking experience and going into a club in transition. Secondly this is the Premier League!! Nothing he’s experienced before can come close. I do think he’s one for the future but for me this season is too soon.|
Who: West Ham vs Manchester City
When: Saturday, August 10th @ 7:30am ET on NBC Sports
Where: London Stadium
Line: West Ham +1100| Draw +550 | Man City -435
The 2019-20 Premier League season kicks off tomorrow. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City aims to do the threepeat this time, something they’ve never achieved in their pre-21st-century history (which wasn’t much to speak of, in fairness). Who said oil money can’t build a legacy?
However, their title defence isn’t starting with an easy fixture. Former manager Manuel Pellegrini stands in their way, with West Ham United ready take down the champions. The Hammers have themselves made impressive summer signings and will not at all back down without a fight. If City wants a win on opening weekend, they’ll have to produce their absolute best to get it done.
West Ham United likely XI:
Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller.
West Ham United’s big-money signing Sebastien Haller is expected to make his much-anticipated Premier League bow against the champions. Exciting Spaniard Pablo Fornals should also be involved, as both players are going to be crucial towards spicing up their attacking rhythm. New striker Albian Ajeti, meanwhile, is not expected to feature after being signed on deadline day.
Manchester City likely XI:
Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, B.Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero.
Manchester City’s newest signing Joao Cancelo is unlikely to feature after having arrived in England very recently. Their record-midfielder Rodri is set to make his Premier League debut after impressing in the Community Shield game. Sergio Aguero and Ederson, both who were on the bench on Sunday, should be in contention for starting while Fernandinho is still not quite match-fit.
West Ham United vs Manchester City preview
While this isn’t exactly a David & Goliath match-up, West Ham really needs to chug hard to reach City’s level. Pellegrini’s created a competitive squad with quality acquisitions, but his team isn’t perfectly gelled together like City. Guardiola’s side knows every little detail of each other’s strengths, making them even scarier to face.
For the Spaniard, the record-breaking deal just never ends since he arrived at England. He’ll become the first foreign manager to win the Premier League thrice in a row (Jose Mourinho did it twice consecutively) if he manages to repeat the feat this time around. However, for me, their defence could cause internal problems in their game this season.
Inability to replace Vincent Kompany could lead to defensive hiccups. However, to me, City are just too strong going forward to be fazed defensively. Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are already looking unstoppable as their creative midfield core. Sergio Aguero along with Raheem Sterling’s goal-scoring phenomenon will blow away West Ham as well as others going forward.
Manuel Pellegrini has done well to keep his core, even though it’s meant to sell striker Marko Arnautovic. He’s implemented an exciting, fast-paced attacking style which sees West Ham create beautiful goals, but doing so against City is difficult.
Of course, new signing Haller will have every fan’s attention with his incredible physical attributes making him a menace in the box. Along with Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson tormenting defences with their clever movement as well as clinical work going forward, I think the Hammers could end up causing multiple headaches for City.
As much I’d love to say the champions are suffering a shock, I just can’t see it happening. City are just too strong right now. Even though West Ham’s attack could trouble them, their attacking force should consolidate an emphatic victory to start the title defence.
The 2019-20 Premier League season is almost here!
It’ll be hard to top last season’s campaign, when FFP violating Manchester City topped Champions League winner’s Liverpool by one point on the final matchday.
This season, Liverpool and City are clear favorites. Who will claim the other two UCL spots? Have Chelsea and Manchester United done enough to stay in the top 6? Who’s getting relegated?
Here’s what we think.
Back to do predictions are site contributors Tyler Everett and ex-Newcastle forward Carl Cort. Joining the panel this year is Statsbomb writer and HPS contributor Grace Robertson. Let’s get into it.
2019-20 Premier League Predictions: Who will win it all?
|Chops||This is a classic heart vs mind battle. My heart says Liverpool. My mind says Manchester City. |
I can make a credible case for Liverpool on three factors: 1) THEY ONLY LOST ONE FREAKING DOMESTIC GAME LAST SEASON AND FINISHED WITH THE 3RD HIGHEST POINT TOTAL EVER, 2) if there’s one thing the squad has shown is a resilience to claw back from adversity. They did it with the UCL last year, maybe it happens with the EPL this year, 3) I believe in God, and there’s no way God would be cool with City winning three times in a row.
There are plenty of reasons to not think Liverpool will win. Sure, getting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back helps, as does the emergence of Rhian Brewster. Otherwise, they didn’t add depth to a squad that was very healthy last year and is competing for seven total trophies (well, six now). They’ve exceeded xG two seasons in a row (and have particularly killed it on set pieces) and regression seems likely.
However, the lads show time and again a hunger to be the best. The league is stronger and deeper this year. It’ll be close, maybe down to the final matchday again. But Klopp has shown — both in game and over the course of a season — that he learns from mistakes. Don’t expect another winter swoon. He’ll have them consistently strong all season. Liverpool just edge out City for their first Premier League title.
|Tyler||I think Manchester City wins the league again, whether I like it or not — and I’d love to be wrong here. (You don’t have to be a diehard Reds fan to be pretty turned off by City’s ability to buy whoever they want, among other things). |
Liverpool will tally enough points (low, maybe mid-90s) to win in a normal year, but I don’t see anything to prevent Man City from enjoying another absurdly successful campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s team’s depth will be the difference over another long season, especially after Liverpool’s fruitful, but nevertheless exhausting, run to the UCL final last year. The low likelihood of Liverpool enjoying the health it did a year ago, plus the number of players who played big roles in major summer tournaments with their countries — Mo Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane in the Africa Cup of Nations, Alisson and Firmino in the Copa America — makes fatigue/fatigue-related issues an even bigger concern.
|Grace||As much as it pains me to say it, I just can’t look past City’s strength in the numbers. |
They generate better chances than Liverpool. They concede fewer good chances than Liverpool. There’s no getting around the fact that this City team is simply the real deal. If the Community Shield is a sign of what’s to come, Guardiola has added better set piece work over the summer. That’s another edge he’s now exploiting.
The case for Liverpool really involves finding ways to genuinely improve as a team. Maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain adds something? Maybe Keita pushes on? It’s all possible. But I’m not convinced. I think Liverpool pretty much maxed out in terms of getting the most out of the talent available last season, while City still have more quality.
|Carl||I believe we’re still another season or two out before you can start to add the likes of Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United to this equation. |
As an Arsenal fan, unfortunately I’m going to have to give it to Liverpool!
Even though they haven’t added to the squad, what they do have is still much better than the majority of the league. Looking at the off-season acquisitions as a whole, there haven’t been any major game changers. I think it will again go right down to the wire. Both teams have fantastic fire power but what will separate Liverpool from City is their strength at the back.
Predictions: 2 for Liverpool, 2 for City
2019-20 Premier League Predictions: After City and Liverpool, who will round out the top 4?
|Chops||As much as I want to say that Everton, Wolves, or West Ham will crack the top 4, I just can’t. |
After finally spending some money on transfers this summer, Tottenham feels like a lock (oddsmakers agree). Then it comes down to Chelsea, Manchester United, or Arsenal.
Oddsmakers favor Chelsea and Man U, but I like what Arsenal did this summer. Their defense will still be porous, but they’ll score so much it won’t matter. They have a 2017-18 Liverpool feel to them. I don’t believe in Lampard at Chelsea or OGS at United (though I do believe both have positive qualities). Emery is more proven. He’ll steer the Gunners back to the UCL.
|Tyler||I’m with Chops on Spurs staying in the top 4. This team didn’t lose any major pieces besides Kieran Trippier, and Tanguy Ndombele seems like a high-impact signing. For a price tag over $70M, he better be. You also have to imagine they have better injury luck than they did a year ago.|
I don’t feel terribly confident in Chelsea, Manchester United (especially not this team) or Arsenal, but I’ll go with Chelsea in fourth. It’s probably wishful thinking, but Christian Pulisic seems like a huge addition, even if he’s undeniably no Eden Hazard. So, in order, I’ve got City, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea.
|Grace||I do think Spurs are the most likely team here, but I do still have some reservations. That side was really quite poor in the second half of the league season, coming 11th in the table if you only include the last 19 games. |
But Ndombele feels like a big get for them. He’s the midfielder Pochettino needed but didn’t get last summer as the long term Mousa Dembele replacement. He should help glue their better buildup play in previous years with their more direct stuff from last season.
After that, I’m surprisingly into Arsenal. The squad is, to put it politely, top-heavy. But I do think Emery’s qualities at Sevilla were of someone who could produce a strong, compact defensive side with speed on the counter. A team that regularly plays Mustafi is never going to have a great defence, but I think he can tighten them up a bit more after a year of coaching.
|Carl||Maybe I’m being a little biased but I actually think Arsenal will surprise people this season. It’s never really been an issue on the offensive side of Arsenal’s game. The last several seasons they’ve just been soft and mushy in the midfield and as solid as a house of cards defensively. Emery is aware of this. I believe Arsenal had a bid rejected for Dayot Upamecano. If Upamecano does eventually become a Gunner I believe he could be the answer to their issues defensively. |
Spurs I believe will capture the other spot. I look at Spurs as a team that have the capabilities to beat any squad in the league but are missing an ingredient (I believe mentally) to do this on a consistent basis, therefore diminishing their chances of winning the league.
Would I have chosen Arsenal and Spurs to claim 3rd and 4th spot if Chelsea and Man U were not in a transitional period? Maybe not. But right now I think they are more equipped to succeed.
Predictions: Liverpool (4), Man City (4), Tottenham (4), Arsenal (3), Chelsea (1).
2019-20 Premier League Predictions: Who rounds out the top 6?
|Chops||Yeah yeah, I know I said I don’t think Lampard is a quality manager yet. However, I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Chelsea and particularly Christian Pulisic this preseason. There’s enough talent there to earn a Europa League bid. |
Then it comes down to Manchester United, Everton, Wolves, or West Ham.
I was on Wolves’ corner all last year. I want to go with Wolves. I think there’s a little “too much too soon” with them. Do they have the infrastructure to support a Europa League and Premier League run? I’m not sure.
To me, this United season has all of the makings of a “bottom falls out” year. They just seem unstable. I liked what they were doing this summer on transfers — young British players who remind OGS of his 90’s squad. Then they make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in the world. While I don’t think OGS is a bad manager, I don’t think he’s a great one either. He has the right temperament to weather criticism, but there’s too much turmoil at Old Trafford both organizationally and from the fan base. It’ll seep down to the players. It has to, especially if they start off slow. If they lose to Chelsea on matchday 1, the wheels could fly off quickly.
That leaves Everton and West Ham. Both had impressive summers. Both added legit quality to their squads. I had been leaning towards West Ham because they have an edge at manager. But damn, that Everton roster is impressive. And it’s worth about $200M more than West Ham. That’s a hard talent disparity to overcome. Everton edges out West Ham and Man U in May.
|Tyler||I see Arsenal finishing in fifth place. After Man City and Liverpool, Arsenal were, by total goals scored, the best offensive team in the league a year ago. They added another player capable of scoring double-digit goals in Nicolas Pepe. Any team with three offensive threats as dangerous as Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette is going to be fun to watch. More importantly, they’ll be successful, even if the defense leaves something to be desired.|
And I’m going with Everton ahead of ManU in sixth. I just don’t trust ManU based on what I saw from them last season. The perpetual soap opera at Old Trafford will once again be a must-see spectacle, even if the on-field product is poor.
I don’t feel a whole lot better about Everton than I do West Ham or Wolves, but I really like the Moise Kean signing and think he’ll fit in nicely alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison.
|Grace||The whole world has forgotten that Chelsea finished third last season and won the Europa League. Yes, they have lost Eden Hazard. Yes, Frank Lampard probably isn’t an amazing manager. But this group of players should still be capable of being basically fine. I’m not sure they’ll look amazing this year, but I find it hard to believe it’ll go catastrophically wrong.|
Similarly, Manchester United have felt one game away from complete collapse for years now. But I feel like they might be a touch underrated at this point. Wan-Bissaka and Maguire are not hugely exciting signings, but they’re at the very least an upgrade on who they had last season. I’m not expecting much in the way of real progress at Old Trafford, but they should be fine.
|Carl||Even with the addition of Frank Lampard and his lack of experience as a head coach, Chelsea still have enough to claim a top six spot. Their last three head coaches have been successful in delivering silverware to the club. However, the style of play as a team hasn’t been easy on the eye and has somewhat been boring to watch. I think Frank adds a little bit of fresh air to Chelsea as a whole. He will begin to change the identity of the club, adding more flair and a dynamic aspect to the team. |
I automatically want to give my next choice to Man United but it’s actually going to Wolverhampton. Nuno Santo has Wolves playing attractive and effective soccer. It’s how I like to see the game being played. I think they can do even better than last season.
Predictions: Chelsea (3), Everton (2), Arsenal (1), Man U (1), Wolves (1)
2019-20 Premier League Predictions: Who gets relegated?
|Chops||This feels like the easiest call of them all. Recent call-ups Norwich and Sheffield don’t have the squads to properly compete. They have the lowest squad market values by a large margin. It’ll be a short stay in the top division.|
Brighton & Hove Albion barely survived last year. They’ve done little to improve their squad. They’re heading down to the Championship too.
|Tyler||I’m going with Chops on this one, and would have gone with Norwich and Sheffield even if I hadn’t seen his take here, I swear. |
Newcastle is in for a long season, but maybe this is the year Mike Ashley finally finds a buyer willing to pay whatever it is he’s looking for???
However, I think Brighton is a more likely relegation candidate than Newcastle.
|Grace||Aston Villa have spent a lot of money on a lot of players. One or two aside, I can’t figure out why they were signed. Perhaps it’ll suddenly all come together. I suspect the more likely scenario is they go straight back down.|
Newcastle, poor Newcastle. Trapped in the grip of Mike Ashley. He only cares about keeping the team in the Premier League, but I don’t think Steve Bruce will manage to pull that off. It’ll be a sad day for football when they go down.
Finally, I feel a bit guilty for putting Norwich here because I like what Daniel Farke wants to do. They’re a team that play good football and should be an enjoyable watch if ever you’re looking through the Saturday games for something to put on. But this is largely the same side devoid of top flight experience from last year’s promotion and I don’t know if the quality is quite there.
|Carl||It’s easy to look straight towards the newly promoted teams but I actually think two out of the three promoted teams will survive (Norwich and Sheffield United). It’s not due to the fact that they’re going to cause any major surprises with electrifying performances but in their own little league at the bottom half of the table there’s enough poor teams down there they can beat. |
With that being said I think it’s the end of the road for Newcastle, Brighton and Aston Villa. They will rebound straight back down.
Predictions: Brighton (3), Norwich (3), Sheffield (2), Aston Villa (2), Newcastle (2).
UPDATED August 4th after FA Community Shield
One thing that hasn’t changed is that oddsmakers clearly view this as a two-team race. The Premier League trophy holder will be between FFP violating Manchester City and Champions League winners Liverpool.
Like with 2019-20 La Liga title odds, there’s a distant third (Tottenham in this case), then everybody else.
2019-20 Premier League Title Odds
FanDuel Premier League Title Odds
Typically we offer “value play” advice but the reality is City or Liverpool will win the Premier League this year. If you’re not picking one of the two, you’re not following closely enough.
City has only become heavier favorites since May. They’ve moved from -170 to -230. Liverpool go slightly longer, from +240 to +260. Despite unprecedented spending, Tottenham fell from +1400 to +1900.
The gap from the top 3 and everyone else widens significantly from there. Manchester United soar from +2000 to +3800. Chelsea double from +2000 to +4000. Arsenal go longer from +2900 to +4900.
Even those 7-10 teams who all improved this summer got longer. Wolves go from +9000 to +17000. They’re joined at +17000 by Leceister City and Everton.
|Manchester City -230||Liverpool +260||Spurs +1900||Manchester United +3800||Chelsea +4000|
|Arsenal +4900||Wolves +17000||Leicester +17000||Everton +17000||Watford +25000|
|West Ham +25000||Bournemouth +25000||Newcastle +25000||Sheffield +25000||Norwich +25000|
|Burnley +25000||Brighton +25000||Crystal Palace +25000||Southampton +25000||Aston Villa +25000|
DraftKings Premier League Title Odds
At DraftKings Sportsbook it’s a similar story. City and Liverpool slightly improve. Everyone else falls. United drop from +1000 to +3300 (a sign the public wasn’t backing them at all). Arsenal double in length here too, from +2500 to +5000. Everton actually improved from +25000 to +15000. Aston Villa’s summer spending got some respect too, as they move from +250000 to +100000.
|City -200||Liverpool +275||Spurs +1800||Manchester United +3300||Chelsea +3300|
|Arsenal +5000||Wolves +15000||Everton +15000||Leicester +25000||West Ham +50000|
|Watford +100000||Crystal Palace +100000||Southampton |
|Bournemouth +100000||Aston Villa +100000|
|Burnley +150000||Brighton |
|Sheffield +2000000||Norwich +200000|
We’re one month away from the first full matchday of the 2019-20 Premier League schedule.
Yesterday, we looked at Premier League matchday 1 odds. Today, we’ll take a quick look at which teams can win the 2019-20 Premier League trophy. We’ll do a deeper dive into this in early August once summer transfers are complete.
Further, in the coming weeks we’ll take a more in-depth look at:
- All Premier League teams heading into the season
- What clubs can challenge for a top 6 spot
- What clubs are top relegation candidates
- What Championship League teams are most likely to be promoted
Can any team challenge Manchester City or Liverpool for the title?
Not even Tottenham?
Spurs don’t get enough credit for how they develop talent. They have an elite manager in Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham have elite level players. They’ve added their recent record transfer Tanguy Ndombele. Christian Eriksen hasn’t left yet. Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Dele Alli are still there.
Notice I haven’t mentioned a defender yet?
Spurs is a fairly WYSIWYG squad. We know they’ll be well coached. We know they’re a threat to win any game. They’ll make it to the Champions League knockout rounds. They will snugly finish third in the Premier League. This isn’t complicated.
What about Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal?
They seriously have no chance?
Chelsea just shit-canned a coach who guided them to a Europa League title and top 4 finish. They’re under a transfer ban. They lost their best player. Frank Lampard, their new coach, is unproven. Or maybe not even good. He didn’t exactly have his iPhone ringing off the hook this off-season. Chelsea is the model of organizational instability. They’re taking a step back.
Arsenal appears to be adding nobody of note to a squad that didn’t crack the top 4 last year. And they lost their best midfielder.
Manchester United I actually think are making smart moves, acquiring young players with upside and heart like Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. They need another 5 of those moves and a couple of years of growth to start challenging again. As the saying goes, they’re two years away from being two years away.
So, it’s really already down to Manchester City and Liverpool for the 2019-20 Premier League title?
The chasm between City and Liverpool and everyone else is enormous.
First, let’s look at what betting markets say.
The next closest odds? Tottenham at +1600.
It’s the same general odds over at FanDuel Sportsbook NJ as well.
Further, Liverpool and Manchester City just ended last season as two of the statistically best 8 teams of all time. According to ClubElo, last year’s Liverpool was actually better than City, peaking as the sixth best team ever in the history of freaking soccer.
With apologies to Vincent Kompany, neither squad lost any players of note. Financial fair play rule breaking City added high-priced Rodri to their team. They’ll likely break more rules to buy players they shouldn’t be allowed to buy. That’s how City rolls.
Liverpool get Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez back full time and expect growth from elite youngsters like Rhian Brewster. And they’re going to win 17-18 games at Anfield. They’re good.
One of these two teams is winning the Premier League. It’s a given. Just accept it and move on.
Who will it be? We’ll examine who has the best chance later this month.
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Manchester City defeated Leicester City 1-0 on Monday at the Etihad, all but securing the 2018-19 Premier League title.
It was a chippy, spirited game where Leicester challenged, but City never felt like they didn’t have control. Kasper Schmeichel did his best to keep Leicester in the game with some brilliant saves. However, the victory was secured off a brilliant Vincent Kompany strike (after Leicester failed to have anyone close him out) in the 70th minute.
If City where going to drop points, the stars aligned for it to be against the Foxes. Leicester have been third in the Premier League in form recently. Leicester is managed by Brendan Rodgers, who helmed Liverpool the last time they were this close to the Premier League title (2013-14…when they lost to City). Ultimately, Rodgers couldn’t help deliver a title to the Reds today just like he didn’t five years ago.
Premier League title odds going into Matchday 38
Liverpool title odds ping-ponged all match at FanDuel Sportsbook NJ, but they are now massive longshots.
At halftime, Liverpool saw their futures drop from around +250 to +155. After the Kompany goal, those title odds jumped to +430.
By game’s end, they settled to City -900, Liverpool +550.
Manchester City play 17th place Brighton at home on Sunday. Liverpool host 7th place Wolverhampton.
Premier League Matchday 37 really boils down to two season-defining match-ups (because let’s face it, we all just want to know who will win the title). All eyes will be onNewcastle vs Liverpool and Manchester City vs Leicester.
Matchday 37 Betting Lines Preview
All listed odds from April 29 on FanDuel Sportsbook NJ.
|Friday, May 3rd|
|Everton -180||Draw +310||Burnley +500|
|Saturday, May 4th|
|Bournemouth +370||Draw +300||Tottenham -145|
|Wolves -230||Draw +340||Fulham +650|
|West Ham +130||Draw +260||Southampton +195|
|Cardiff +160||Draw +230||Crystal Palace +170|
|Newcastle +750||Draw +420||Liverpool -310|
|Sunday, May 5th|
|Huddersfield +800||Draw +440||Manchester United -330|
|Chelsea -270||Draw +390||Watford +700|
|Arsenal -280||Draw +400||Brighton +700|
|Monday, May 6th|
|Manchester City -850||Draw +700||Leicester +1700|
Odds & Ends
- Our first marquee match-up of the week is Newcastle (+750) versus Liverpool (-310). Provided the betting odds, this may look like a quick and easy match for Liverpool. However, there is definitely room for a potential slip-up. Newcastle have not lost in their last 3 games, are playing at home, and are coached by ex-Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez – who may have something to prove after his time with Liverpool ended with them having the worst run in 22 years. With all this being said, Newcastle will be missing one of their key players this season, Miguel Almiron, due to a hamstring injury. Miggy, whose MLS transfer fee was the largest in history, helped power Newcastle top-half-of-the-league recent form. We’ve seen what his loss has done to Atlanta United. It’ll be tough for Newcastle to get past PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk without Almiron.
- Speaking of teams in good recent form! Our next marquee match-up, Manchester City (-850) versus Leicester (+1700), isn’t until Monday, May 6th– but is definitely worth the wait. Leicester is viewed as a long-shot, but this won’t be as easy as we think for Manchester City. Leicester are coming off a good win against Arsenal AND, the only other teams with more points than Leicester over the last 5 games are (you guessed it) – Liverpool and Manchester City. Another interesting fact that may or may not play a role in motivating factors for Leicester is that Leicester is also coached by an ex-Liverpool coach, Brendan Rodgers (sacked by Liverpool in October 2015). Cosmically, there is a lot of either very good or very bad Liverpool juju going on this weekend (more about this on High Press Soccer later in the week).
Finally (again), after this week, we may have real clarity on who is winning the league.
Premier League Matchday 36 consists of battles to win or survive…or both. This is our theme of the week.
While technically not a Matchday 36 fixture, the marquee match-up is 100% Manchester City vs Manchester United on Wednesday. Nothing else comes close. The league title (City) and Champions League qualification (United) hang on the result of this game.
Matchday 36 Betting Lines Preview
All listed odds from April 22 on FanDuel Sportsbook NJ.
|Tuesday, April 23rd |
|Tottenham -370||Draw +470||Brighton +950|
|Watford +115||Draw +240||Southampton +240|
|Wednesday, April 24th(Make-up matches)|
|Wolves +185||Draw +240||Arsenal +145|
|Man. United +550||Draw +390||Man. City -230|
|Friday, April 26th|
(Start of Matchday 36)
|Liverpool -1500||Draw +1100||Huddersfield +3200|
|Saturday, April 27th|
|Tottenham -250||Draw +400||West Ham +600|
|Southampton +105||Draw +250||Bournemouth +250|
|Fulham +140||Draw +250||Cardiff +185|
|Crystal Palace +170||Draw +230||Everton +160|
|Watford +145||Draw +220||Wolves +195|
|Brighton +115||Draw +210||Newcastle +270|
|Sunday, April 28th|
|Leicester +175||Draw +270||Arsenal +140|
|Burnley +1400||Draw +700||Man. City -700|
|Man. United +165||Draw +240||Chelsea +160|
Odds & Ends
- Our marquee match up, Manchester United (+550) versus Manchester City (-230) is not just a classic derby this year. Both sides have something to lose and gain in this match. With a win, Man City can keep control on retaining the league title while Man U, if they win, can further their chances of finishing in the top four. Not only can both teams guarantee their own fate with a win, they can also ruin the other team’s season.
- This brings us to the Liverpool (-1500) match up versus Huddersfield (+3200). Liverpool, arguably, have an easier path to winning the league when looking at the remainder of their opponents in comparison to Man City. And, if Man City loses or draws to Man United, Liverpool will have the upper hand in the race to be 1st in the league. It’s crucial that Liverpool continue the winning streak they have maintained since early March.
- As the battles continue, Arsenal’s quest to secure a top four finish is in danger as they travel away to take on Wolves. Chelsea, who have now taken the 4th spot after a tie to Burnley on Monday, are 1 point ahead of Arsenal. With this being said, Arsenal must win against Wolves. This won’t be the easiest run-in considering Wolves have the best record in the league when it comes to playing the top 6 teams…
- The relegation battle between Brighton and Cardiff also continues. Currently, Brighton is 3 points ahead of Cardiff. So, as the trend seems to be, winning is crucial for both sides. In the match Fulham (+140) vs Cardiff (+185), Fulham has already, technically, been relegated. However, they are playing at home and have nothing to lose — so why not ruin someone else’s chances at staying in the league and bring them down with them? On the other side, Brighton have to face Spurs on Tuesday (a match they are not expected to win…) and then face Newcastle at home. Granted, they will be at home against Newcastle so they do have the advantage, however, Newcastle are fresh off 2 wins. With this being said, moving forward past this match, Brighton still need to face Arsenal (who are fighting for a top 4 finish) and Man City (who are fighting for the league title) while Cardiff still need to face Man United (who are fighting for a top 4 finish).
Finally, after this week, we may have real clarity on who is winning the league, securing a UCL spot, and spending 2019-20 in the Championship.
It’s Premier League Matchday 35. While relegation is basically settled and determined, the league title and UCL qualification is up for grabs. There’s only one genuine marquee match-up, but almost every game matters.
For that marquee match-up, Tottenham visits Manchester City, playing them for what will be the third time in 11 days. If City don’t drop any points in their next two games (home against Tottenham and away vs Manchester United), they’ll win the Premier League title again. Draw one of those games, andLiverpool likely takes it.
Matchday 35 Betting Lines Preview
All listed odds from April 16 on FanDuel Sportsbook NJ.
|Manchester City -350||Draw +480||Tottenham +750|
|Wolves -130||Draw +240||Brighton +420|
|Bournemouth -160||Draw +320||Fulham +400|
|West Ham +230||Draw +240||Leicester+120|
|Huddersfield +350||Draw +290||Watford -140|
|Newcastle +140||Draw +210||Southampton +210|
|Everton +210||Draw +240||Manchester United +125|
|Arsenal -200||Draw +330||Crystal Palace +550|
|Cardiff City +1200||Draw +550||Liverpool -550|
|Chelsea -490||Draw +410||Burnley +1000|
Odds & Ends
- Tottenham is third in the Premier League and having one of the greatest seasons in their history and they’re +750! And it’s hard to disagree with it! This is actually one of the trickier lines as the result may have a lot do to with what happens in their Champions League Quarterfinals Leg 2 outcome. Maybe Spurs win Leg 2 and they take their foot off the pedal here. Or maybe Spurs get annihilated in Leg 2 and exact some revenge at the Etihad. Or maybe both games are a dogfight since Spurs are still nowhere guaranteed of a top 4 finish. Fascinating game. Huge implications.
- Should Manchester United be +125 away to Everton? Have you seen Man U since OGS was named permanent manager? That +210 for the Toffees is worth a look.
The goal was Salah’s 19th of the year and pulled him even with Sergio Aguero for the Premier League lead.
On Salah and Aguero’s heels are their respective teammates Sadio Mane (18) and Raheem Sterling (17).
Raheem Sterling in particular is making a late-charge at the Golden Boot, netting a brace on Sunday after notching a hat trick last month against Watford.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane also have 17 goals a piece.
Where Aguero, Salah, and Sterling stand out is how they’re creating opportunities other than just finding the back of the net. Aguero and Salah have both contributed 7 assists this campaign, and Sterling has 9.
Salah is also leading all Premier League players in total shots, taking 88 so far this campaign. However, Aguero is making the most of his time on the field, scoring a goal every 109 minutes played (compared to Salah’s one per 153 minutes).
Premier League Golden Boot Odds
Despite City having a game-in-hand, Aguero and Salah are the same odds at +163 to win the Golden Boot (meaning you bet $100 to win $163, go here for a refresher on how to bet soccer). Given their respective team’s title chase, expect both to play all of their remaining Premier League games.
All odds from BetStars NJ as of 04/14/19.
|Sergio Aguero +163||Mo Salah +163||Sadio Mane +500|
|Aubameyang +700||Raheem Sterling +1000||Harry Kane +2500|
Given Harry Kane’s latest injury, it’s safe to rule him out of contention now. There’s certainly some value in Sterling’s +1000. He scores in bunches and City need him in top form for their remaining five domestic games.
Salah looked very confident on Sunday though, and if he plays like that the remainder of the season, he could quickly run away with the scoring title again (some down year).
Premier League Matchday 34 is full of high stakes fixtures. Liverpool and Manchester City have challenging match-ups. And save for Tottenham, none of the four teams vying for the remaining two UCL spots have cakewalks.
Every game matters this weekend. Here’s how the oddsmakers see them.
Matchday 34 Betting Lines Preview
|Leicester City -137||Draw +270||Newcastle United +400|
|Tottenham -650||Draw +650||Huddersfield +1800|
|Brighton Hove +130||Draw +230||Bournemouth +215|
|Burnley -105||Draw +235||Cardiff +320|
|Fulham +340||Draw +275||Everton -125|
|Southampton +160||Draw +210||Wolves +190|
|Manchester United -225||Draw +370||West Ham +650|
|Crystal Palace +900||Draw +425||Manchester City -333|
|Liverpool -162||Draw +300||Chelsea +425|
|Watford +225||Draw +260||Arsenal +115|
Odds & Ends
- Have you seen the Premier League table? Spots 3-6 are tightly bunched af. Chelsea (66 pts, 23 gd), Tottenham (64 pts, 26 gd), Arsenal (63 pts, 25 gd), and Manchester United (61 pts, 18 gd) are separated by razor thin margins. Chelsea have played one more game, but are three clear of fifth place Arsenal, but still have to play Liverpool (this week), Manchester United, and FA Cup finals participant TURN DOWN FOR WATFORD. Regardless, FiveThirtyEight give them a 52% chance of UCL qualification. Arsenal is at 50%. Man U is bringing up the rear at 19%.
- Liverpool are unbeaten at home since since The Beatles played the Cavern Club (seriously look it up). They’re surprisingly short home favorites at -162 given their fortressing of Anfield and ability to repeatedly pull last minute horseshoes from their rear.
- Last week, we called the Wolves – Manchester United game as a potential value play, saying the Red Devils may be due for an emotional letdown after the hiring of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This week United is somewhat reeling. Look at the West Ham draw or outright numbers there.
- Finally, Wolverhampton is a weekly (and gamely) roller-coaster. Southampton is in decent form. That +160 for the Saints at home is worth a longer look.
Premier League Matchday 33 kicks off on Tuesday with one of the better games on the slate, as Wolverhampton host Manchester United.
In between Tuesdays games (Watford also hosts Fulham), some straggler games from Matchday 27 (Chelsea vs. Brighton) and Matchday 31 (Tottenham host Crystal Palace) take place. Manchester City also vie to overtake pole position in the Premier League on Wednesday in their Matchday 33 fixture against Cardiff City.
Matchday 33 Betting Lines Preview
All listed odds from March 31 on BetStars NJ.
|Wolverhampton +290||Draw +235||Manchester United +100|
|Watford -150||Draw +300||Fulham +400|
|Manchester City -1600||Draw +1100||Cardiff +3500|
|Southampton +650||Draw +350||Liverpool -225|
|Bournemouth +110||Draw +250||Burnley +245|
|Huddersfield Town +375||Draw +260||Leicester City-133|
|Newcastle United +155||Draw +210||Crystal Palace +195|
|Everton +220||Draw +260||Arsenal +115|
|Chelsea -250||Draw +380||West Ham +700|
Odds & Ends
- Current league leaders Liverpool travel to Southampton on Friday April 5th. This game is no given for the Reds. Southampton have three wins in their last five. While they’re five clear of relegation, they’re fighting to stay clear of the bottom three.
- Manchester City, on the other hand, look to regain their status atop the table with what looks like a tap in against Cardiff. FiveThirtyEight gives Cardiff less than a 1% chance to win and oddsmaker agree, listing them at an impossibly long +3500.
- The Wolverhampton +290 line is interesting. They’re at home. Manchester United may be due for an emotional letdown after making the wise hire of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. You could do worse than the +290 or +235 for the draw.
- And Huddersfield Town continue their march to the most losses in Premier League history. Leicester City find themselves as a road favorite, though FiveThirtyEight give Huddersfield a 29% shot at winning.
Yes, Liverpool turned in an uninspired performance against Manchester City, earning a 0-0 draw. However, the draw moved them a point clear of City in the title chase. For this, Liverpool saw their title odds go from +110 two weeks ago to +155.
After a thrilling pk shootout win over Chelsea to capture the Carabao Cup (above), City improved as odds-on favorite to win the Premier League from -165 to -210. The Carabao Cup win gives Manchester City one of four trophies for the ’18-19 campaign. They’re now favorites on FiveThirtyEight again to win the Premier League (52%), nearly 50/50 to make the Champions League final, and favorites on all New Jersey sportsbooks (such as FanDuel NJ) to win each remaining cup.
Tottenham‘s loss to Burnley saw their odds plummet from +2000 to +5500 and likely out of the title chase for good.
|2018-19 Premier League Title Odds|
|Manchester City -210||Liverpool +155||Tottenham +5500|
|Manchester United +17000||Arsenal +25000||Chelsea +25000|
With the upcoming break, now is a good time to look at Premier League futures.
Oddsmakers Increasingly Liking Manchester City
After Sunday’s annihilation of Chelsea, City has moved to -165. Unfortunately for Chelsea, those two clubs will face off again on February 24th in the Carabao Cup final. Liverpool, who are even on points with City and have a game in hand, still slipped from +100 to +110. However, FiveThirtyEight has dropped the Reds chances to win the league down to 51% (they were around 80% two weeks ago).
|Premier League Futures|
|Manchester City -165||Liverpool +110||Tottenham +2000||Manchester United +12000||Chelsea +19000||Arsenal +25000|
(All Premier League futures listed in this post are from FanDuel)
Despite it’s win this weekend, Tottenham dropped from +1600 to +2000. Oddmakers clearly see this as a battle between Manchester City and Liverpool. The Premier League title may ultimately swing when Liverpool visits surging Manchester United on February 24th.
January: Liverpool appear to have the Premier League title in their grasp, threatening to go 7 clear after City stumbles and Tottenham lose key players.
We may look back on Premier League Matchday 26 as the pivotal weekend of the 2018-19 campaign. Will City keep rolling? Can Liverpool get back on track? Will the real Chelsea please stand up? Here’s your matchday 26 Premier League betting preview.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea Betting Preview
|Manchester City -210||Draw +350||Chelsea +550|
Who, exactly, is Chelsea?
Maybe we’ll find out on Sunday at 11am ET as they travel to the Etihad.
Will the Chelsea who lost 2-0 away at Arsenal and got smashed 4-0 at Bournemouth show up? Or is the post-Gonzalo Higuaín offensive juggernaut Chelsea that pounded Huddersfield 5-0 the squad that will arrive at the Etihad?
Chelsea has not been a good away team this campaign, with five league losses. While the current narrative that “City is back!” continues (particularly from paranoid Liverpool fans), keep in mind they JUST LOST TO NEWCASTLE THREE GAMES AGO.
This match is huge for both sides. A win from City puts heaps of pressure on Liverpool to keep pace. As Liverpool has a game in hand, a loss from City opens the door for the Reds to go 6 clear over the coming weeks.
Chelsea is only two clear of Manchester United and three clear of Arsenal for 4th in the table. They can’t afford to drop any points.
Expect this one to be a chippy, intense game that could determine both teams’ fate for the remainder of the season. While the Higuaín addition will help Chelsea create a more prolific attack, their track record on the road (particularly against top flight teams) inspires little confidence that they can pull out a victory in this one.
Liverpool vs. Bournemouth Betting Preview
|Liverpool -550||Draw +600||Bournemouth +1200|
Bournemouth is a mid-table team, currently sitting 10th, ahead of two teams that just tied Liverpool: Leicester City and West Ham. Should they really be +1200?
Also, Bournemouth just humiliated Chelsea 4-0. They’re a legit team.
Liverpool’s recent form should be a major concern. This season has had stretches where the Reds are clicking on defense while struggling to find the net, and times where the offense looked like their ’17-18 form, and only a brief stint where both offense and defense clicked at the same time.
Injuries have certainly hurt Liverpool’s backline. The real problem though is in the attacking third, where the link up play between Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino has rarely been as in sync as last year, and the creativity and ability to generate goals from the midfield is almost non-existent.
Adam Lallana showed signs of life against West Ham, and Fabinho has done well finding open men, but something is off. With a critical Champions League Round of 16 match against Bayern Munich coming in 10 days, Liverpool needs to figure this out–now–if they hope to capture an elusive trophy this campaign.
Still, despite all of the doom and gloom at Anfield right now, as No Grass in the Clouds pointed out, they’re still off to the fourth best Premier League campaign ever. And Liverpool are undefeated at Anfield this Premier League campaign. Expect the Reds to pull out a nervy win that does nothing to calm their anxious fans.