While Euro 2020 and Copa America may officially be in the books, we don’t have to wait all too long before the start of the brand new Premier League campaign. There’s going to be a whole lot of drama spread across all 20 teams in the top flight of English football and even though we can’t 100% guarantee 38 games worth of drama, we can certainly put our weight behind the idea that things are going to be explosive at both ends of the table.
Today, with the weeks ticking by until kick-off, we wanted to throw out a few ideas with regards to the actual title race. Manchester City are the reigning champions after snatching the crown away from Liverpool but as we all know, every Premier League season throws up some shocks, and 2021/22 should be no different.
The current kings of the castle are back to try and slay another day and it’s hard to put it past them to succeed. We all know the crown Pep Guardiola really wants is the Champions League, but in going after that, it still feels as if he’s going to balance the squad and the various competitions relatively easily. They’re priced at 4/6 with bet365 as the favourites to win in all and with their depth, it’s not hard to see why.
An injury-hit Reds side really couldn’t do a whole lot to keep up with City after the first half of the season and Jurgen Klopp knows there needs to be changes put in place. They’ve already got an incredibly impressive squad but they need more options off the bench, leaving them as second favourites at 5/1 with William Hill – which is more than fair, all things considered.
Chelsea are the current European champions and for that reason alone, there needs to be some respect put on the name of Thomas Tuchel. He has dragged this side kicking and screaming all the way to the edge of greatness and domestically, they’ll be out for blood, which is probably why they are 9/2 via Betfair to keep their momentum going and win the championship.
The sleeping giant that is Manchester United is beginning to put the necessary pieces in place for success, although the jury is still very much out on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and what he’s capable of achieving as manager. They’re priced at 8/1 with Betfred to win the title which doesn’t say a whole lot on the face of it, but if they can bring in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the game will have well and truly changed.
Our official prediction is that Manchester City, with the addition of Jack Grealish, Harry Kane or both, will walk to another title. They’ll face adversity down the stretch once the legs begin to tire but even then, none of their primary contenders will have what it takes to knock them off of their perch.
This is still very much City’s world, and we’re just living in it – that’s just the truth, folks.