Oddsmakers have pegged the quest for the Premier League title as a two-horse race, with defending-champion Manchester City and Liverpool separated from the pack.
Man City, who have won four of the past five EPL titles, are the odds favorite to win it again, listed at -165 at Caesars Caesars . Liverpool, last season’s runner-ups, are +200.
The gap between the two top clubs and the rest of the table is significant, according to oddsmakers. Man City and Liverpool are the only two teams with single-digit odds. Tottenham, at +1,400, and Chelsea, at +1,600, are next but are a ways down oddsboards. Tottenham, however, have attracted the most bets and are the most wagered to win the league title at Caesars Sportsbook, but it’ll be a tall task to unseat Man City.
Man City added elite striker Erling Haaland in the offseason, bolstering Pep Guardiola’s already potent roster that posted 93 points en route to last year’s title. It was the sixth-most points in league history. Liverpool, though, finished just one point behind and notched a victory over Man City last week in the FA Community Shield.
Arsenal, who kick off the season Friday against Crystal Palace, are +2,800, and Manchester United are +3,500. Man United’s preseason title odds are the longest they’ve been in over a decade, according to sports betting archive SportsOddsHistory.com.
Bournemouth and Fulham, at 1,500-1 and 1,000-1 respectively, are the longest shots on the board at Caesars Sportsbook.
Arsenal were on the back foot on the opening Friday night of last season as they lost 2-0 to Brentford, but it was a different story under the lights across London this time. There has been plenty to excite Gunners supporters during a preseason in which they made shrewd signings and won all five friendlies, but this was the first major test of their hopes of returning to the top four and they passed. They had to ride their luck at times with Aaron Ramsdale called into one excellent stop to deny Eberechi Eze early in the second half, but Marc Guehi’s late own goal gave them a deserved win that will only heighten the sense of optimism around the club.
Eze is a fine player and as he steps up his return from an ACL injury, the highly rated 24-year-old will surely improve as he steps into the void vacated by Conor Gallagher, who returned to Chelsea after a season-long loan last term. But Crystal Palace missed Gallagher on Friday. Only Wilfried Zaha (15 goals, two assists) had more goal involvements than Gallagher (eight goals, five assists) and Palace missed both his energy to break up Arsenal’s periods of possession and his potency in the final third.
William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko made their Arsenal debuts at Selhurst Park and all contributed in different ways to a hard-fought victory. Jesus was impressive as Arsenal dominated the opening 35 minutes, while Zinchenko’s header was the key component of a clever corner routine that allowed Gabriel Martinelli to open the scoring. Saliba, perhaps the most long-awaited debutant of all, given he originally signed for Arsenal three years ago, was a much more assured presence than his more experienced centre-back partner Gabriel. It is only the beginning, but all three demonstrated their potential.
The pressure on this kid is intense given Arsenal fans have been calling for his inclusion ever since he signed from Saint-Etienne in 2019 — and he didn’t disappoint. A composed display featuring several vital interceptions and helped Arsenal weather difficult periods.
Palace struggled for a cutting edge during long periods of the game and Edouard missed their only real chance of the first half when heading straight at Ramsdale. Understandably substituted for Jean-Philippe Mateta before the hour mark.
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