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.” 

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

By: Fasika Zelealem 

2020 EPL Top Four Odds Preview 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. 

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. 

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. 

Manchester City v Arsenal Odds Preview

Manchester City Odds Against Arsenal for June 17th

At long last, the Premier League is back. After being halted on March 13 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the league has decided that it’s now safe enough to bring Premier League football back on our screens. While fans will not be allowed to attend any matches, the fact that football is coming home is a success in itself.

For a moment it did look like the league might be voided but the potential monetary loss from ending the season ended up playing a pivotal role in the restart of the season.

We kick off the season with current champions Manchester City hosting Arsenal as well as Aston Villa facing off against Sheffield United on June 17.

For those who forgot the results of the last game week which took on the 7th and 8th of March, Manchester City fell 2-0 to city rivals Manchester United with Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay scoring the vital goals. The game against Arsenal, as well as upcoming games against Chelsea and Liverpool, would have spelled City’s most difficult stretch of the season as they wrapped their disappointing title defense.

However, they now begin the restart hosting Arsenal who was experiencing somewhat of a resurgence before the suspension of the Premier League. After just one win in 12 games spanning from October to late December, Mikel Arteta and Arsenal were on an eight-match unbeaten streak including three straight wins when the league was suspended.

How Manchester City Odds Shape Up Against Arsenal

Arsenal sits ninth in the table, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand with an opportunity to cut the deficit to five points; the only problem is they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

After an embarrassing defense of their Premier League title, City will want to end the season on a strong note in preparation for next season where, in my opinion, they will be as dedicated and focussed as ever. They will look to avenge their battles with Liverpool this season who can win the title if City loses to Arsenal and Liverpool win their first game back against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Sportsbooks odds on City winning their first game back opens at -275, making them favorites while odds on Arsenal winning their fourth straight game opens at +700. Odds on a draw opens at +400.

What Does Manchester City Need this Summer?

Despite possessing some of the greatest talents in the world *at every position* it just hasn’t worked for Manchester City this season. Their biggest deficiencies has been in defense when Aymeric Laporte has been injured, City’s defense has unraveled on a multitude of occasions leaving them vulnerable to concede and lose games despite having world-class talent upfront.  

According to Sky Sports, City have offered former captain Vincent Kompany the opportunity to return to the club as an assistant coach after he left last season to become a player/manager for boyhood club Anderlecht. In his prime, Kompany was one of the best center-backs the league ever saw and his intellect will surely help City’s defense but that doesn’t mean reinforcements aren’t needed. 

With Otamendi now 32 years of age and John Stones unreliable due to injury, City needs to scour the market for center backs if they have any wish to once again challenge Liverpool for the Premier League next season.