The 2023/24 Premier League season gets underway tomorrow evening as defending champions Manchester City take on newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor. City are aiming to make history by becoming the first team to win the English top-tier title four consecutive times in men’s football. We look at this season’s Premier League outright betting favourites.
Man City (1.80)
The defending champions Man City are once again clear favourites, as they always are before every Premier League campaign. The gulf between them and the second-favourites seems quite significant (odds-wise) even at this early stage. As mentioned, the Citizens are looking for a historic fourth league title on the trot. Still, they will face stiff competition from Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool, who’ve all strengthened their squads for the upcoming season.
The almost-achievers of the 2022/23 campaign, there was a considerable period where it seemed that Arsenal was on the cusp of finally ending their Premier League title drought. The last time the Gunners won the EPL was the remarkable Invincibles season of 2003/04.
Yet, Mikel Arteta’s squad had to content themselves with a runner-up position. Although certain fans and pundits might label the 2022/23 season as a fluke, Arsenal’s resilience remains evident, and it is possible for them to progress from what was an impressive season overall.
Liverpool are the third favourites to win the 2023/24 Premier League title, even though they ended 17 points behind the Gunners last season. Despite securing a spot in the Europa League and trailing the top four by only four points, Liverpool encountered challenges throughout the previous season. Can Jurgen Klopp’s men get back to the form that made them one of the best teams in Europe?
Man Utd (11.00)
Man Utd was among the teams that secured a top-four finish in the 2022/23 season, and at times, they were considered potential contenders for the title—although they never truly challenged the dominance of Man City and Arsenal. Following a promising debut season under Erik ten Hag, it will be intriguing to observe the performance of the Red Devils in the upcoming season.
Chelsea are entering another fresh phase under a different manager, as Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as Chelsea’s new Head Coach in July. Considering the substantial funds they have invested since Todd Boehly and co took over, along with potential further expenditures this summer, it would be a major setback if they don’t contend prominently in the league next season or finish in the top four.
Another finish in the lower half of the table seems unlikely, right? Could they potentially mount a title challenge?