Premier League winner odds: Can anyone capture City’s crown?
Preview of the 2021/22 Premier League title race
The countdown is on to the start of the 2021/22 season and we have taken an early look at the Premier League winner odds.
Defending champions Manchester City are favourites to successfully defend their crown and pick up a fourth Premier League title in five years under Pep Guardiola but could face a stern challenge.
Can Manchester City continue their recent dominance?
Guardiola’s side won the title with three games to spare last season after wrestling it from the clutches of Liverpool, who secured their first league trophy in 30 years during the 2019/20 campaign.
City went on a stunning 21-match winning run in all competitions between December and March to mount their assault on the title in addition to booking their place in the FA Cup semi-finals, Champions League final and winning a fourth consecutive League Cup.
They did this without a frontline striker in their starting line-up, with Guardiola adopting a false nine formation which saw Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez shine during the course of the season.
The fact that Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling were left to occupy the bench for most of the second half of the season shows City’s strength in depth.
The same squad is likely to remain the strongest in the division, even if they fail sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, and it is clear why they are 4/6 favourites in the Premier League winner odds.
Liverpool looking to bite back
Liverpool’s chances of retaining their crown were always going to be difficult but it did not help matters when their first-choice centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were ruled out for the whole campaign in October.
Both suffered serious knee injuries from which they are still recovering and they will be hoping to be fully fit for the start of the new season.
Jurgen Klopp has already strengthened his backline with the signing of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, who should provide better cover than Joel Matip who has been sidelined since January.
The main cogs of the Reds’ title-winning side still remain at the club and with a fully-fit squad, they could challenge City, having been priced at 9/2 in the Premier League winner odds to regain their crown.
City harboured hopes of a potential quadruple last season and for Liverpool to bounce back in style and win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in the 2021/22 season can be backed in the #YourCall market at 300/1.
Chelsea to continue European success in England?
Thomas Tuchel only took over at Stamford Bridge in January but still managed to guide Chelsea to the FA Cup final before defeating City in the Champions League final.
He made the Blues harder to beat as he implemented a 3-4-3 formation with a possession-dominant brand of football.
With a full pre-season under his belt and the spending power of owner Roman Abramovich on top of their already talented squad, Chelsea are considered strong contenders next season.
They are priced at 5/1 to clinch their sixth Premier League title since 2005 and it would be hard to rule them out.
Best of the rest
Manchester United finished as runners-up behind their local rivals and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still awaits his first trophy as Red Devils boss.
They are 7/1 to win the Premier League but their lack of depth was highlighted by their Europa League final defeat and shows that they need to delve into the transfer market this summer.
Arsenal are without European football for the first time in 25 years but their eighth-placed finish last season sees them as 66/1 outsiders in the Premier League winner odds.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication