As Manchester City opens the season as the favorites to win another English Premier League title — their 3rd straight and 5th of the decade — Liverpool hopes to redeem their narrow miss last season as runner-ups.
The Premier League, the top soccer league in England and abroad, kicks off the 2019-20 season on Friday, August 9 in a matchup between Liverpool and Norwich City.
The league’s Big Six, which includes the 2018-19 champions Manchester City (-150), plus Liverpool (+215), Tottenham (+1600), Manchester United (+2500), Chelsea (+2500), and Arsenal (+4000) have the best odds of winning the championship this season.
2019-2020 EPL Championship odds
- Manchester City -150
- Liverpool +215
- Tottenham +1600
- Manchester United +2500
- Chelsea +2500
- Arsenal +4000
- Everton +15000
- Wolverhampton +15000
- Leicester +30000
- West Ham +50000
- Crystal Palace +100000
- Southampton +100000
- Watford +100000
- Newcastle +100000
- Bournemouth +150000
- Brighton +150000
- Burnley +200000
- Aston Villa +200000
- Norwich +200000
- Sheffield United +250000
Man City went 32-2-4 last season with 98 points and finished with the league title. Coming into this season, the Sky Blues look to complete a championship three-peat. Despite only signing midfielder Rodrigo “Rodri” Cascante this offseason, City returns their best player, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, from injury to create another formidable squad.
Last season’s runner-up, Liverpool, enters the season with the second-best odds at +215. The Reds finished last season 30-7-1 with 97 points, narrowly behind Man City.
They are favored in the first match of the season against Norwich City at -125 odds. Not only is Norwich expected to lose this match, but they’re expected to finish at the bottom of the league at +200000 championship odds.
The other four teams of the Big Six rounded out the third-sixth spots last season: Chelsea (21-9-8; 72 pts), Tottenham (23-2-13; 71 pts), Arsenal (21-7-10; 70 pts), and Manchester United (19-9-10; 66 pts).
If the odds, or history, tell us anything, the same six teams will be atop the league in May.
Missing from the EPL this season are Cardiff City (10-4-24; 34 pts), Fulham (7-5-26; 26 pts), and Huddersfield Town (3-7-28; 16 pts) after they finished in the bottom of the league and were relegated to the Champions League.
Their replacements include the three best teams from the EFL in 2018-19: Aston Villa (20-16-10; 76 pts), Norwich (27-13-6; 94 pts), and Sheffield (26-11-9; 89 pts), although all three are expected to finish the season near last in the league.
A lot can change throughout the season. The final match isn’t until May 17, 2020 and the Champions League final in Istanbul is May 30, so look for the odds to rearrange in the coming months.