Manchester City is a strong title favourite in the leadup to the 2019-20 English Premier League season.
With just a few weeks to go till the season kicks off, City has a big lead over Liverpool in the betting odds. Man City pipped Liverpool for the title on the final day of the 2018-19 EPL season and it appears these two teams will again battle it out for honours in 2019-20.
Man City in the Lead in Latest EPL Betting Odds
According to the latest odds from Betfair, it’s Man City, then Liverpool, then daylight. Manchester City is paying 1.61 in EPL title betting, ahead of Liverpool 3.30.
Third-favourite Tottenham is way back on 17.00, followed by Chelsea, 26.00, Manchester United, 31.00, and Arsenal, 51.00. Then there’s more daylight before Leicester, Wolves, and Everton, all 201.00.
A Man City-Liverpool double is almost inevitable, if the odds are any indication. Betfair is paying 1.36 for a Man City-Liverpool 1-2 finish (in any order).
The next most likely 1-2 combination is Man City and Chelsea, 9.50, Man City and Tottenham, 10.00, Man City and Manchester United, 13.00, and Man City and Arsenal, 15.00. In short, the bookmakers say Man City will finish first or second.
Betfair also has a market called “straight forecast” where fans can specify who finishes first and who finishes second. The two most likely combos are 1st Man City / 2nd Liverpool, 2.20, and followed by 1st Liverpool / 2nd Man City, 4.20.
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Two Man City Trophies a Distinct Possibility
Think Manchester City can win multiple trophies in the 2019-20 English and European football seasons? Betfair has a range of betting markets for that, too. Man City fans can bet on 12 different trophy combinations involving the English Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, and UEFA Champions League.
Here are some of the bets on offer: No trophies, 4.50, EPL & EFL Cup, 5.00, EPL & FA Cup, 6.00, EPL and Champions League, 9.00, and EFL Cup & FA Cup, 11.00. A quadruple of EPL and Champions League and FA Cup and EFL Cup is paying a whopping 101.00.
Manchester City have been the dominant team in the Premier League in the last decade but have yet to win a trophy in the Champions League.
While the domestic title is always important, a priority for City this year will be to win Europe. This is all the more important for City given that English rival Liverpool won the Champions League title last season.
Realistically, City could win the treble if it sacrifices the EFL Cup. Therefore, there’s good value in the English Premier League & Champions League & FA Cup combination, which is paying 36.00 at Betfair.
Three City Players in Top 10 in Goalscoring Odds
Such is Man City’s dominance that it even has three of the top 10 players in Betfair’s “top goalscorer” market.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Mo Salah lead the season goalscoring odds with 5.00 and 6.00 odds respectively.
The three City players in serious contention for the golden boot are Sergio Aguero, equal-third in betting with 7.00 odds, Raheem Sterling, sixth in betting with 12.00 odds, and Gabriel Jesus, 10th in betting with 26.00 odds.
As with other betting markets, pre-season is generally the best time to get good odds. Once the season begins, odds can change dramatically based on each player’s form.