EPL Odds and Favorites to Finish in the EPL Top Four for Week 38

By: Fasika Zelealem 

2020 EPL Top Four Odds Preview Week 38

We have reached Week 38 of the 2019/20 Premier League season and in what has been an exhilarating season, we have a bit more excitement in store on the final day as two teams will confirm their place in the UEFA Champions League next season, while one will miss out. 

Chelsea has dropped to fourth going into the final day after a thrilling 5-3 defeat to Liverpool. Despite being 4-1 down in the second half, the introduction of Christian Pulisic was felt immediately after his mazy run past three Liverpool players enabled him to put the ball on a plate for fellow substitute Tammy Abraham who slotted in to make it 4-2. 

Pulisic then got himself onto the scoresheet for his ninth league goal of the season after a fine strike from inside the box.  

However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal in the 84th minute sealed the three points for Liverpool ahead of their trophy celebrations and meant Chelsea’s qualification for the Champions League was to go to the final day of the season. 

They sit fourth in the table, one point ahead of Leicester City and level on points with Manchester United. 

The Blues face a tough test in their last game of the season at home against Wolves. 

Chelsea’s odds to finish in the top four open at -700. 

Manchester United Odds to Finish in the EPL Top Four

Manchester United’s unbeaten streak has increased to 13 games but only after a disappointing 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Wednesday night. 

Following their 2-2 draw with Southampton, United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Palace to keep the pressure on both Leicester City and Chelsea. 

While United’s draw against West Ham bumped them up to third in the table going into the final day, it leaves them with a nerve-wracking task as they go head-to-head with Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

United are a point ahead of Leicester and a draw will be sufficient enough to qualify for the Champions League, whereas a win would secure third. 

However, if Leicester were to win and Chelsea were to beat Wolves, United would fail in their task for Champions League football and instead drop to the Europa League for the second year running. 

Manchester United’s odds to finish in the top four open at -500. 

Leicester City Odds to Finish in the EPL Top Four

Leicester City find themselves out of the top four for the first time in months. Their recent results has finally come back to haunt them. Despite a 2-0 win over Sheffield United after their embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth four days prior, Leicester City once again capitulated to their opponent, losing 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. 

A Harry Kane brace alongside a James Justin own goal condemned Leicester to an 11th league loss and a place down the Premier League table. 

Leicester sits on 62 points, one point behind both Chelsea and Manchester United; the latter whom they face on the final day of the season at King Power Stadium. 

Leicester can draw against United and rely on Wolves to beat Chelsea which will see them qualify for the Champions League. 

Leicester City’s odds to finish in the top four open at +163.

Liverpool FC vs Chelsea FC, 22/07/2020

After 30 long years, Liverpool Football Club will finally have their hands on a Premier League title as captain Jordan Henderson will lead the celebrations at Anfield following their match against third-placed Chelsea.

This is a moment Liverpool fans have been waiting for generations. After watching the likes of Gary Neville, John Terry, Thierry Henry, Sergio Aguero and Wes Morgan (doesn’t fit in here but oh well) lift countless Premier League titles, it’ll finally be a Liverpool player with his hands on the trophy and who better than Jordan Henderson.

The captain is Liverpool’s current longest-serving player with nine years with the club and is the only remaining member left from the ill-fated 2013/14 season where Steven Gerrard’s disastrous slip against Chelsea ended dreams of a first Premier League title.

Henderson’s story will inspire many and illustrates the hard work he’s put in to be at the forefront of Liverpool’s success. Despite being told he can leave the club in 2012 by then-manager Brendan Rodgers as he looked to bring in the all-time United States men’s national team scorer in Clint Dempsey from Fulham, Henderson decided to stay and fight for his place.

He’s now captained Liverpool to Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup, and Premier League success as the “Henderson Shuffle” will be on show yet again on Wednesday evening.

But before the celebrations, Liverpool takes on Chelsea in what will be a highly entertaining encounter.

While the bout has nothing on the line for Liverpool apart from basic sporting competitiveness, UEFA Champions League is on the line for Chelsea. Frank Lampard’s men sit third in the table on 63 points, one ahead of both Leicester City and Manchester United, having played a game less than Leicester.

Chelsea Odds to Upset Liverpool’s Coronation

It’s a crucial game for Chelsea, however, should they not get a result, Leicester City’s next game against Manchester United assures that one of them will drop points which will keep Chelsea in the top four.

Liverpool v Chelsea has always been and will always be a firestorm of a game and in recent years, Liverpool has gotten the best of the West London club.

In their last six league meetings, Liverpool has two wins, two draws, and one defeat; the last defeat to Chelsea in the league coming in May 2018.

Liverpool did win the reverse fixture back in September but was knocked out by Chelsea in the FA Cup back in March.

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool earning their 31st league win of the season opens at +100. Odds on Chelsea becoming the first club since 2017 to win at Anfield in the league open at +250. Odds on a draw between the clubs open at +275.

When Will Jurgen Klopp’s Statue be Commissioned?

A statue erected in your honor in football is huge. It gives thanks for what you did for the football club in your time, illustrates your legend, and makes sure your name is etched in the history of the club. 

Jurgen Klopp deserves a statue of his own outside Anfield. While it will most likely be done after he leaves the club, I don’t think I can find a Liverpool fan in the world who wouldn’t campaign for a Klopp statue. 

He brought the club their sixth Champions League and first Premier League title, but most importantly he succeeded in his plan he spoke out about when he first joined the club in 2015. 

“We need to change, from doubters to believers”.

EPL Odds and Favorites to Finish in the EPL Top Four for Week 36

We have reached Week 36 of the 2019/20 Premier League season after the restart and the top four race has continued its exhilarating ride.  

After consecutive wins over Watford and Crystal Palace, Chelsea lost for the second time in four games as they were beaten 3-0 by Sheffield United. 

It was a disappointing performance for Frank Lampard’s men in which David McGoldrick scored his first two league goals of the season as well an Oli McBurnie strike. 

It was a game Chelsea should have won and are kicking themselves for not increasing the gap ahead of Leicester City and Manchester United who also dropped points this weekend.  

Chelsea, however, stays third in the table and is just a point ahead of both Leicester City and Manchester United with just three games to go.   

The Blues face Norwich at home next followed by an away trip to champions Liverpool and hosting top four rivals Wolves on the final day of the season. 

Chelsea now possesses the joint-best odds alongside Manchester United to finish in the top four which open at -400. 

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Manchester City Odds to Finish Top Four While on a Roll

Manchester United’s unbeaten streak has increased to 11 games but only after a disappointing 2-2 draw with Southampton on Monday night. 

Stuart Armstrong’s strike put Southampton ahead early before Marcus’ Rashford’s 16th goal of the season put things level. An Anthony Martial screamer just three minutes later put United ahead and the Frenchman equaled Rashford’s 16 league goals as well as netting his 50th Premier League goal for United. 

However, with just four minutes left of added time, Michael Obafemi managed to convert a Jan Bednerak assist past David De Gea in the 94th minute to earn a draw and keep United in 5th place. 

United stay fifth and are level on points with fourth-placed Leicester and just one point behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League football. 

Manchester United possesses the joint-best odds to finish in the top four alongside Chelsea which opens at -400. 

Leicester City Odds to Remain in the Top Four While Losing Steam

Leicester City will count themselves lucky that they remain in the top four this week after a horror show at Vitality Stadium condemned them to a 4-1 defeat to the struggling Bournemouth. 

Despite taking the lead through Jamie Vardy in the first half, Bournemouth equalized in the 66th minute through a Junior Stanislas penalty. Just one minute later, Dominic Solanke scored his first Premier League goal for the club.  

Caglar Soyuncu was sent off after kicking out at Callum Wilson and things turned from bad to worse for Leicester who conceded two more before the final whistle blew. 

They are now just a point behind Chelsea and level on points with Manchester United but retain a superior goal difference. 

Leicester City possesses the third-best odds to finish in the top four which open at +150.  

After two consecutive losses without scoring a goal, Wolves got back to winning ways with a convincing 3-0 win over Everton. 

Raul Jimenez ended his three-match goal drought with his 16th league goal if of the season as he netted a penalty just before half time. Leander Dendoncker and Diogo Jota rounded up the scoring for Wolves who stay sixth and four points behind Manchester United and Leicester City. 

Wolves’ chase for Champions League football looks unlikely but they remain on course for a second consecutive season in the Europa League. 

Sportsbooks’ odds on Wolves to finish in the top four open at +1100. 

Manchester City v Bournemouth Odds Preview for July 15th

With Bournemouth needing all the points they can get to stave off relegation, an away trip to a Manchester City side that has won back-to-back 5-0 victories isn’t exactly the best way to get out of the relegation zone. 

Bournemouth sits in 18th place on 31 points, three behind Watford and West Ham United with three games remaining. The Cherries possess an inferior goal difference to both sides above them and a damaging loss to Manchester City can further increase that. 

They earned their first win in eight games since February after a thrilling 4-1 victory over fourth-placed Leicester City. Despite going 1-0 down in the first half through Jamie Vardy’s 23rd goal of the season, a Dominic Solanke double as well as a Junior Stanislas penalty and an own goal from Jonny Evans secured a hugely important win for the side. 

They now travel to Manchester City who has dismantled both Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion 5-0 in their last two games. Raheem Sterling scored his second league hat-trick this season against Brighton and in looks in fine form ahead of the game. 

While the game against Bournemouth doesn’t mean much for City in the grand scheme of things, they are heading into an important period of the season as they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final in a few days as well as taking on Real Madrid in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final match-up in early August. 

Manchester City Odds Against the Cherries

Despite the season looking like a forgettable one so far for City, an FA Cup triumph as well their first-ever European title added to the Carabao Cup they’ve already secured will certainly make it a historic and successful season for Pep Guardiola and his players. 

Sorry, there’s more bad news for you Bournemouth fans heading into this game. In the 15 games you’ve played against City, you have never, that’s right, never won against them. 

Since their promotion in 2015, they’ve faced Manchester City nine times and lost all nine times. City has scored four or more goals in four of those nine games. The reverse fixture back in August was a 3-1 win for City at Vitality Stadium. 

Sportsbooks odds on City winning a third game in a row opens at -800. Bournemouth’s odds of defeating City for the first time opens at +1600. Odds on a draw opens at +850. 

What is Raheem Sterling’s Ceiling?

With Sterling’s hat-trick against Brighton, he’s now netted career-high 27 goals in all competitions, defeating his previous best of 25 goals last season. It’s another marker of the continuing improvement in Sterling’s game and his growth in becoming one of the top players in the Premier League. 

He’s scored 18, 17 and 17 goals in his last three Premier League campaigns with an opportunity to go past his record of 18 with three games left this season. At just 25 years of age, he is one of City’s cornerstones and arguably England’s best player. 

I believe Sterling has the potential to be one of the best players in the world and to see his growth under Guardiola has been something special. 
 

Watford FC vs Manchester City, 21/07/2020

Manchester City Odds Against Watford for July 21st

Manchester City’s league campaign has been dead rubber for a matter of months now. Liverpool has been ahead for so long and City’s own Champions League qualification has been secure since the beginning of the season; aside from the whole being banned from the competition which has since been overturned. 

The two competitions that were continuing to drive this City side was the FA Cup and the Champions League. However, after their convincing 2-0 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, City finds themselves no longer able to defend their FA Cup trophy and counting on the Champions League to have an opportunity to still call this season a success.  

They are still on a three-match league winning streak, narrowly beating Bournemouth 2-1 in their last outing. They come up against another relegation-threatened team in Watford. The Hornets are 17th with 34 points, three ahead of Bournemouth with two games remaining. 

With two wins in their last three games, Watford should be safe but with games against Manchester City and Arsenal coming up, the relegation race could go to the final day. Their crucial 3-1 loss to West Ham who went ahead of them with the win proved to be Nigel Pearson’s last game in charge as he was sacked subsequently. 

Manchester City Odds to Remain Unbeaten Against Watford

Manchester City holds one of the longest unbeaten records against Watford in the league, having not lost a game in all competitions to them since 1989. They’re also on a 12-match winning streak spanning back to 2013. City embarrassingly dispatched Watford 6-0 in last year’s FA Cup final and followed that up with an even more embarrassing 8-0 victory back in September. 

It’s fair to say that Watford has fared as a bit of a punching bag for City in recent years and whether that will happen again on Tuesday night is another question.  

Sportsbooks odds on Watford getting a win and essentially marking their spot in the Premier League next season opens at +750. Odds on City making it four league wins in a row open at -333. Odds on a draw between the two clubs open at +500. 

Is Pep Guardiola Under Pressure?

To say that a manager who’s spent more than £400m just on defenders and is currently 19 points behind the league leaders, well, that would be stupid. 

Yes, Pep is one of the greatest managers in the world today and probably in history but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s failed this season and failed with one of the biggest checkbooks in football. 

Losing the title to a rival is one thing but losing it in the devastating fashion that they did, that’s a whole other thing entirely. 

Next season will be a massive win for Pep and his squad. With Liverpool retaining their best players and with Chelsea and Manchester United look like serious contenders, there will be no room for error for Pep. 
 

Arsenal v Liverpool Odds Preview for July 15th

Having drawn 1-1 with Burnley in their last match, Liverpool now has to win their last three games to break the Premier League points record (100) set by Manchester City in their title-winning season of 2017/18. 

Liverpool failed to become the first team since Sunderland in the 1891/92 season to win all their home games in a season. While their run of 24 consecutive home wins has come to an end, there are still several records in play that Liverpool could break. 

Aside from the points record, Liverpool can break the win record (32 in a season set by Manchester City in 2017/18), if they win their last three games as well as winning the league by the biggest margin (19 points set by Manchester City in 2017/18). 

The first step to breaking those records is a tough one as Liverpool travel to Arsenal on Wednesday evening. Arsenal is coming off a disappointing loss in the North London derby as they fell 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in a defeat that all but ended Arsenal’s already slim chances of UEFA Champions League qualification. 

Despite going ahead with Alexandre Lacazette firing a screamer from outside the box, just three minutes later miscommunication between Sead Kolasinac and David Luiz allowed Tottenham’s Son Heung-min to finish past Emiliano Martinez. 

With just 10 minutes left in the game, Toby Alderweireld connected with Son’s corner to head past Martinez to make it 2-1 to Tottenham to ensure they stayed unbeaten this season against Arsenal. 

Liverpool Odds to Take Down the Gunners

The Gunners now sit ninth after being overtaken by Tottenham and are five points off qualification for the Europa League. However, if you ask most Arsenal fans, they would probably prefer a season out of the Europa League to focus on the Premier League rather than Thursday night trips across Europe. 

Arsenal’s last win against Liverpool came in 2015 and have been on a pretty poor run against the Merseyside club since then. In the seven league games they’ve played since then, Liverpool won have five and drawn twice. The reverse fixture back in August was a 3-1 win for Liverpool and the two clubs met again in the fourth round of the EFL Cup which Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 5-5 in regular time. 

Sportsbooks odds on a Liverpool win open at -118. Arsenal’s odds of getting back to winning ways open at +275. Odds on a draw between the clubs open at +280. 

How Will Liverpool Fare Against Arsenal?

While Liverpool does possess an impressive recent record against Arsenal, the North London club has always put up a good fight and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave his thoughts on the clash against Arsenal. 

Previewing Wednesday’s clash, the boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “It will be different, but we will have a bit more space [preparation time], which is good. 

“We have one more day. The last seven days now were really incredible, three games in pretty much a week is unbelievable in that moment.  

“But it is how it is and now we have one day more and then hopefully we can completely recover.  

“We will and then we go again against Arsenal, which will be an interesting one.” 

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Odds Preview 07/07/20, 18:00 PM Kick-Off 2019/20 Premier League Season, Week 34

By: Fasika Zelealem 

Chelsea Odds Against Crystal Palace for July 7th

Chelsea bounced back from their 3-2 loss to West Ham United with an emphatic 3-0 win over Watford on the fourth of July. Olivier Giroud, Willian, and Ross Barkley were the scorers as the blues returned to fourth after temporarily dropping to fifth after Manchester United’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth earlier on in the day. 

Willian has been in hot form since returning to action with four goals in his last four games and has finally looked worthy of being Eden Hazard’s successor of the number 10 shirt at Chelsea. 

Christian Pulisic is another whose game has reached another level recently with two goals in the last four games as well winning the penalty in Chelsea’s second in the 3-0 win against Watford. 

Chelsea restored the two-point lead over Manchester United and after Wolves’ 2-0 loss to Arsenal now find themselves five points behind Chelsea with five games to play. 

The Blues have three tricky away games in their next four games started including Sheffield United and Liverpool, but their road trip begins at Selhurst Park against a struggling Crystal Palace side. 

After a four-game winning streak which included a 2-0 win over Bournemouth upon the Premier League restart, Palace has lost three on the trot, failing to score a single goal in the process. 

A 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool, followed by a 1-0 home loss to Burnley, ending with a 3-0 loss by the hands of Leicester, a game in which Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought and became a member of the Premier League Hundred Club, has seen Palace slide to 14th in the table after being a regular fixture in the top half of the table. 

Chelsea Odds to Keep Palace on Their Heels

Palace has difficult fixtures coming up against Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur, and if it wasn’t for their four-game winning streak in February and early March, Palace could be in a dangerous situation near the bottom of the table. 

Chelsea has reigned supreme over Palace in the last two years, winning four league games straight including the reverse fixture in November, winning 2-0. In their last six fixtures, Chelsea has won four and lost twice with their last loss to Palace occurring in October 2017. 

Sportsbooks odds on a Chelsea win opens at -222. Odds on Crystal Palace returning to winning form opens at +650. Odds on a draw between the teams opens at +333. 

Does Tammy Abraham Have a Future at Chelsea?

After the signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, the spotlight immediately went on Tammy Abraham and how the new signing will affect his place in the team. 

Since the restart of the Premier League, he’s started just two games and come on as a sub in the remaining three games and remains goalless since the restart. 

Abraham hasn’t scored in the league since January 11th when he netted in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley. The return to form of Olivier Giroud who’s netted twice since the restart has culminated in fewer minutes and when Werner is ready to play, you better believe that Abraham will get even fewer minutes and could spell the end of his long association with Chelsea

EPL Odds and Favorites to Finish in the EPL Top Four, June 27th

By: Fasika Zelealem 

2020 EPL Top Four Odds Preview Week 31

We have reached Week 31 of the 2019/20 Premier League season after the restart and the top four race has continued its exhilarating ride.  

Tottenham Hotspur has played two games since the restart beginning with a 1-1 draw with Manchester United and followed that up with a 2-0 home win of West Ham granting them their first win in five.  

Harry Kane scored the second goal in the win which was his first in 2020 since coming back from injury. Spurs rose to seventh in the table but sit nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea as their race for a sixth consecutive season of Champions League football looks unlikely. 

Sportsbooks have Tottenham’s updated odds on finishing in the top four openings at +2500. 

After beginning the restart with losses to Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal have bounced back with a 2-0 away win at Southampton. 

Arsenal had won three in a row before the season was suspended but put in two horror performances as their already slim chances of Champions League football had become more of a dream. 

Arsenal sits ninth in the table, 11 points behind Chelsea where Europa League football is a genuine possibility as they trail Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves by two and six points, respectively. 

Sportsbooks has the odds of Arsenal finishing in the top four at +15000. 

Chelsea Odds and the Rest of the Top Four Odds for the Table

Chelsea has been one of the more impressive sides since the restart of the Premier League.  

They’ve beaten both Aston Villa and Manchester City 2-1 as they’ve strengthened their hold on fourth place and are now chasing Leicester City who they trail by just one point. 

Their win over City that crowned Liverpool as Premier League champions was a highly contested match where a solo Christian Pulisic put the hosts 1-0 up before a stunning Kevin De Bruyne equaled the scoreline.  

A Fernandinho handball earned him a red card and a penalty for Chelsea which Willian dispatched to claim all three points and strip City of their Premier League champion credentials. 

Chelsea is five points ahead of both Manchester United and Wolves as Frank Lampard looks set to claim Champions League football in his first season as Chelsea manager. 

Chelsea continues to possess the second-best odds to finish in the top four which open at -400. 

Manchester United Odds to Keep Rolling

Manchester United’s unbeaten streak has increased to seven games after an impressive 3-0 win over Sheffield United where Anthony Martial scored his first senior hat-trick. It was also the first time since 2013 where a United player scored a Premier League hat-trick. 

The win means United remain hot on Chelsea’s heels with just five points separating the two sides. 

It’s a fourth win in six for United and their third clean sheet in their last five Premier League games. 

Sportsbooks’ odds on Manchester United to finish in the top four are open at +125. 

Leicester City has dropped points in their last two games, sharing points with both Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion since the restart. 

They remain third but are now just a point above Chelsea who’ve won their last two games. Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy’s struggles in front of goal has continued with just three goals in his last 14 games. 

With Leicester’s spluttering form and the impressiveness of Manchester United and Wolves, the Foxes could still finish out of the top four if they don’t improve and fast. They are currently six points above the two aforementioned clubs. 

Sportsbooks’ odds on Leicester City to finish in the top four open at -188.  

Wolves remain sixth in the table after wins against West Ham United and Bournemouth. 

Wolves are unbeaten in their last seven games and have won four of their last five including four clean sheets in that span. 

They remain in a good position to secure European football for the second year in a row and remain in the race for Champions League football as just six points separate them and Chelsea in fourth place. 

Raul Jimenez has hit 15 Premier League goals and his combination with Adama Traore who leads the team with nine assists has been a calling card for Wolves this season as they have combined for more goals (6) than any other duo this season. 

Sportsbooks’ odds on Wolves to finish in the top four open at +300.

Manchester City v Burnley Odds Preview for June 22nd

Manchester City Odds Against Burnley for June 22nd

Manchester City looked back to their best on Wednesday night as they dispatched Arsenal by three goals to nil. Goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and Phil Foden capped off a dominating performance by the champions as they won their first game back in the Premier League.

The five subs rule means that City will be able to do even more damage from the bench with the amount of talent that warms the sideline every game. The fact that Sergio Aguero was City’s fifth sub just demonstrates the insane levels of squad depth that City possess.

City moved six points ahead of Leicester City in third as their stranglehold on second place gets stronger nearer the conclusion of the season. Despite the inclusion of German winger Leroy Sane in the matchday squad for the first time since August, he was an unused substitute in the game. Reports after the game made the rounds that Sane rejected a new contract at City and indeed wants to leave with newly crowned German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich the overwhelming favorite to land the 24-year-old.

Manchester City Odds to Stomp Burnley

City gets back to action swiftly with another game at the Etihad Stadium where they host Burnley in what will be the latter’s first game back since the suspension of the league.

Sportsbooks odds on a City home win open at -800, while a Burnley win over the champions open at a staggering +1800. Odds on a tie open at +800.

Burnley sits 11th in the table with 39 points where a win against City will see them overlap Arsenal in 10th as well as get them level on points with Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.

Before the season was halted, Burnley was one of the in-form sides in the league as they went on a seven-match unbeaten run from January to March, which included impressive wins over Leicester City and away to Manchester United. The upturn in form occurred after their worst stretch of the season where they lost four on the trot and started to slide into dangerous territory near the bottom of the table. However, their quick turnaround has all but secured their Premier League safety for yet another year for Sean Dyche and his players.

Could Manchester City Go Unbeaten for the Rest of the Season?

Consistency has been a constant thorn in the side of Manchester City this season as shock losses have derailed their league form time and time again. However, with the restart and the return of Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, City has all their weapons back which will always be dangerous to the rest of the league; even Liverpool. 

City has two games remaining against the top six in Chelsea and Liverpool while six of their nine remaining fixtures are against sides in the bottom half. With City’s ruthlessness looking reenergized in their win over Arsenal, I’ll be surprised if Liverpool’s 20-something point lead over City is kept intact come the end of the season. 

The Top Five EPL Transfer Odds on the Market

The coronavirus pandemic has tampered with a lot of things, including sports.  

However, with the English Premier League returning on June 17th, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The opening of the summer transfer window remains unseen and we look at the odds of several Premier League targets making the move to England this summer. 

Despite a shareholders’ meeting between Premier League clubs in February that decided the transfer window will shut at the end of August/early September after two seasons where it closed on the eve of the campaign, the window in England is still set to open on June 10; a week before the league resumes. 

The Telegraph says that teams could be able to bolster their squads during the campaign to help aid the problems that the pandemic has dealt out. According to TalkSport, it has also been claimed FIFA is holding talks with clubs about keeping the next transfer window open for longer to help out football financially.  

Today, we are eight days away from that date and whether that remains the case is yet to be seen, but that won’t stop us from assessing Premier League transfer targets and whether they’ll be able to make the high profile moves we thought they would before the beginning of this ungodly virus. 

The Top Five Most Interesting Transfer Odds in the EPL Market

  1. Jadon Sancho to Manchester United (-167) 

Quite possibly the best young player in the world, Jadon Sancho has lit up the German Bundesliga since the moment he signed for Borussia Dortmund. This season he leads the team in both goals (17) and assists (16) at just 20 years of age. It’s no surprise he’s been linked with every top team in the world including English giants, Manchester United. 

Sancho’s desire to return to England alongside his close friendship with fellow English national teammate Marcus Rashford makes a move to Manchester United viable. United, by far lead as the team most likely to acquire Sancho with sportsbooks odds opening at -167. 

  1. Timo Werner to Liverpool (+163) 

The Bundesliga is just filled with talent, isn’t it? RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has long been linked with a move away from his current club due to his goalscoring exploits. 

A move to European champions Liverpool has been brewing for quite some time and has been further exacerbated by Werner’s kind comments about Liverpool in the past as well as recent virtual meetings taking place between him and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, according to German journalist Raphael Honingstein. 

Werner is currently on 24 goals in the Bundesliga, second only to Robert Lewandowski, and had racked four goals in the Champions League before the competition’s suspension. Sportsbooks odds on Werner making the move to Anfield opens at +163. 

  1. Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich (-333) 

The most likely transfer to occur on this list, Manchester City winger Leroy Sane looks poised to return to his home country by signing for Bayern Munich. The German star has been sidelined for much of the season after an ACL injury put him on the sidelines early on. 

City’s impressive depth in attack meant that Sane didn’t start as many games last year as he’s been accustomed to and after the departures of Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery last year, Sane has the opportunity to make his mark at Bayern.  

City might be crazy to let him go but sportsbooks odds of -333 means they may be resigned to losing him anyway. 

  1. Kai Havertz to Bayern Munich (+100) 

I promise you; I wasn’t planning on making this article as a homage to the Premier League and Bundesliga, it just kind of turned out that way. 

Kai Havertz is the golden child of German football. At just 19 years old, the Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder burst onto the scene last year after scoring 17 goals while leading his club to the Champions League. While he suffered a dip in form this season, he’s been on fire since the restart of the Bundesliga, scoring five goals in their first four games back.  

Like Sancho, Havertz has been linked with every big club you can think of but Bayern Munich, a club that’s been criticized for preying on their fellow German clubs and snatching their biggest talents (e.g. Lewandowski, Götze, Hummels, Goretzka, Gnabry), well you see my point and it looks like they’re about to do it again. 

Sportsbooks odds on Havertz making the step up to Bayern Munich opens at +100 evens. 

  1. Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea (+110) 

The former Liverpool man has seen his career dwindle since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in a £142m move. The Brazilian failed to hold down a starting spot in Barcelona’s midfield before they loaned him out to Bayern Munich this season and despite scoring nine league goals, he has again, failed to establish in the midfield ahead of the likes of Thiago Alcantara and a resurgent Thomas Muller. 

At 27 years of age, Coutinho is set to hit his prime and it will be a genuine shame to see someone who had bundles of talent fail to achieve the potential that was once shined so bright. 

However, a return to the Premier League seems likely according to the sportsbooks who have him making the move to Chelsea at odds of +110. 

Which Premier League Clubs Do YOU Want Relegated? EPL Odds for Relegation

With the news that the English Premier League is resuming on June 17th, most of the bottom half of the league is thrust back into a relegation dogfight. In this article, we look at some of the relegation candidates and why they should be relegated. 

After a three-month hiatus, Premier League football returns to our TV’s on June 17th to cure the depression of many sports fans across the world. However, not everyone in the Premier League is as happy as its fans.

While Liverpool is delighted the season resumes so they can wrap up their first-ever Premier League title—albeit under difficult circumstances—according to Sky Sports, the majority of teams in the bottom half want relegation scrapped if the 2019/20 season has to be curtailed amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Listen, you can’t blame some of these teams for this view. One minute they were in the middle of an intense relegation battle and then they were told to stay at home due to a global pandemic and now asked to return three months later; not great conditions for elite athletes, but then again, what are great conditions for everyone else in the world. 

Top-flight officials are recommending a simple points-per-game formula to figure out league placings if the season was to be canceled. In this case, Liverpool will be crowned champions while Bournemouth, Aston Villa, and Norwich City would be relegated. 

Teams
Norwich City
Aston Villa
Bournemouth
West Ham
Watford
Brighton
Newcastle
Southampton
Burnley
Crystal Palace
Everton

With the league coming back, this idea seems unlikely and for good reason. There are nine games left in the league schedule and the unpredictable nature of the Premier League means any team and I mean any team can put together a five-match winning run at the end of the season.

It’s not like we haven’t seen it before; in 2014/15, Leicester City who was in 20th place for much of the season managed to pull off seven wins in their last nine games to stave off relegation, only to win the Premier League the very next season (you see what I mean about unpredictable?). 

Which Teams Should be Relegated and EPL Odds to Be Relegated

But now, we get to the controversial/funny part of the piece; which clubs should be relegated and why? 

  1. West Ham United (+175 EPL Odds to be Relegated) 

This wasn’t even a hard choice. Despite West Ham sitting in 16th place, above the relegation zone on goal difference (by three goals) the fact they’ve consistently underachieved while spending copious amounts of money means at least for me, I have no desire to see them in the Premier League. 

  1. Norwich City (-1430 EPL Odds to be Relegated) 

Norwich might have been an obvious one for most on this list but not for me. I respect Norwich City. They play good football and despite it not leading to better results, they’ve stuck to their guns and stayed true to their philosophy of football. 

However, they’ve been a bit of a punching bag in the league this season so I’m just thinking of the Norwich faithful who’ll see more success from their team in the Sky Bet Championship next season. 

  1. Manchester City (Lol) 

Yes, I’m a Liverpool fan and yes, I do hate Manchester City *with a passion. The fact that they sit 25 points behind Liverpool (with a game in hand) and have the audacity to call themselves champions makes them potential relegation candidates in my eyes. 

Obviously, this is in jest, you’ll have to put me in a straitjacket if I actually believed City deserved to be relegated but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this quite easily rivals some of the worst title defenses in sports history, there, I said it.