EPL Odds and 2020 Season Wrap Up

By: Fasika Zelealem 

2020 EPL Top Four Odds: Who Made the Cut?

The 2019/20 Premier League season has come to a close and it probably goes down as the craziest season in English football history, and not for good reasons. 

The final day of the season consisted of a relegation battle and a top four battle and we will look at who made the cut for the Champions League and who sadly didn’t. 

Chelsea fans… CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve officially made the UEFA Champions League next season. A hectic couple of minutes before half-time consisted of two Chelsea goals thanks to Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud who gave The Blues a two-goal cushion over Wolves going into half-time. 

Chelsea finished fourth in the table, level on points with Manchester United and four points ahead of fifth-placed Leicester City. 

It’s the perfect end to the season and perfect result heading into their FA Cup final against Arsenal on the 1st of August.  

The Last Second UEFA Champions League Qualifiers

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will be playing in the Champions League next season and with the likely signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen on the cards, Chelsea is a dark horse to do some dangerous things next season. 

Manchester United fans… CONGRATULATIONS! You too have also qualified for the UEFA Champions League next season. A crucial 2-0 away win against top four rivals Leicester City on the final day confirmed United’s qualification and meant they finished third in Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s first full season in charge. 

A 14th penalty for United during the game which Bruno Fernandes converted meant no other team in Premier League history has been awarded more penalties than United have had this season. A last-second strike from Jesse Lingard doubled the scoreline and provided a perfect ending to United’s league campaign, finishing on a 14-match unbeaten streak. 

United’s season isn’t finished, as they play LASK in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie in the Europa League. United have a 5-0 advantage from the first leg and are no doubt the favorites to win the Europa League with odds of -200. 

Leicester City and the Falter at the Finish

Leicester City fans… COMMISERATIONS! After spending 30 matchdays in the top four, Leicester City has found a way to bottle their Champions League aspirations as a 2-0 home loss to Manchester United on the final day of the season condemned them to finish fifth, four points behind both Chelsea and Manchester United. 

A horrendous second half of the season where they won just four games in their last 17 games means they qualify for the Europa League instead of making a return to the Champions League, a competition they reached the quarterfinals in 2017.  

On a positive side for Leicester City, Jamie Vardy became the first-ever Leicester City player to win the Premier League Golden Boot with 23 goals, 

This is a second bottle job on manager Brendan Rodgers’ resume, of course, the first being the infamous 2013/14 season as manager of Liverpool. Rodgers will be on thin ice next season after a capitulation in the second half of the season.  

It’s been a wild and wonderful Premier League season and we can only hope for more craziness next season. 

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.

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. 

Manchester City v Bournemouth Odds Preview for July 15th 14/07/20, 16:00 PM Kick-Off 2019/20 Premier League Season, Week 36

By: Fasika Zelealem 

Manchester City Odds Against Bournemouth 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. 
 

Arsenal v Liverpool Odds Preview for July 15th 15/07/20, 20:15 PM Kick-Off 2019/20 Premier League Season, Week 36

By: Fasika Zelealem 

Liverpool Odds Against Arsenal 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.”

Liverpool v Burnley Odds Preview for July 11th 11/07/20, 15:00 PM Kick-Off 2019/20 Premier League Season, Week 35

By: Fasika Zelealem 

Liverpool Odds Against Burnley for July 11th

Liverpool needs three wins out of their last four games to break Manchester City’s points record and win total that would surely place them as arguably the greatest Premier League team of all time.

With two difficult fixtures coming up against Arsenal and Chelsea, the home game against Burnley is a must-win.

After a tense 2-0 win over Aston Villa, Liverpool traveled to Brighton & Hove Albion where a Mohamed Salah brace and a goal from captain Jordan Henderson saw off the home side that placed Liverpool on 92 points; back to 23 points ahead of Manchester City.

Salah is now on 19 goals, joint-third in the division with former red Danny Ings and only behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (20) and Jamie Vardy (22).

Liverpool’s next game against Burnley will be a hard-fought one if anything. The Clarets have just one loss in their last 12 games and their first game since the restart in what was a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City was that only defeat. Since then, they’ve gone four games unbeaten, winning three of their last four, including keeping three clean sheets.

Liverpool Odds to Continue Their Dominance Over Burnley

Nick Pope leads the division with 14 clean sheets, one ahead of Liverpool keeper’ Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson.

Liverpool has ever only lost to Burnley once in the Premier League; a 2-0 defeat back in 2016. Since their return back to the league in 2014, the two teams have met nine times since with Liverpool coming out on top seven times, tasting defeat once and drawing once.

Sportsbooks odds on a 31st league win for Liverpool open at -450. Odds on a shock Burnley win which would stretch their unbeaten streak to five games open at +1100. Odds on a draw between the two teams open at +550.

Is this Liverpool Team the Greatest in Premier League History?

I’m a Liverpool fan and I would love nothing more than a consensus on us being the greatest Premier League side of all time, unfortunately, there are a couple of things we need to do first that would greatly help our argument. 

Breaking Manchester City’s record of most points (100) and most wins (32) in a league side will go a long way in arguing in favor of Liverpool but first, let’s mention some of the great sides in league history. 

We just mentioned them, the 2017/18 Manchester City side cruised to their fourth Premier League title and first for Pep Guardiola. They finished 19 points ahead of second-place (Manchester United) and hold the record for the biggest margin of victory. 

The 2004/2005 Chelsea side who conceded just 15 goals in the season (a record that still stands). It was their win record and points record that stood for 12 years before City broke it a couple of years. 

I still think at this moment in time the Man City team of 17/18 is the greatest to grace the league but if Liverpool does what they need to do, it’ll be difficult not to go with them. 

Manchester City v Liverpool Odds Preview 02/07/20, 20:15 PM Kick-Off 2019/20 Premier League Season, Week 32

By: Fasika Zelealem 

Liverpool Odds Against Manchester City

Guys, it’s official, Liverpool are PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! The Merseyside club’s first-ever Premier League title and first league title since 1990 was confirmed after Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

The triumph took over the news that night and the following day as one of the most infamous droughts in British football was ended 31 games into the season. Footage of Liverpool players and staff watching the Chelsea and Man City game went viral as well as their celebrations when Willian’s late penalty put Chelsea 2-1 up.

Jurgen Klopp was in tears when being interviewed on Sky Sports as well as captain Jordan Henderson who became the first Liverpool captain to lead his team to a Premier League trophy. It was a special day for everyone involved with Liverpool Football Club and a sad one for those associated with Manchester City.

Not only did they lose the battle against Chelsea, but they inevitably lost the war to Liverpool and in spectacular fashion.

To add insult to injury, Pep Guardiola confirmed his City team will give a guard of honor to Liverpool; a customary tradition that one team claps for the newly crowned champions. However, they can gain some redemption back when they host Liverpool on Thursday evening.

Despite an encouraging start to the restart with a 3-0 win over Arsenal and a 5-0 crushing victory over Burnley, City slipped to an eighth league defeat against Chelsea. City has lost two more games than Wolves (who did the double over them) and have lost the same amount of games as ninth-placed Arsenal this season.

Liverpool Odds After Being Crowned Champions

Liverpool on the other hand, bounced back from a 0-0 draw against Everton to absolutely dominate Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield. It was the first time an opposition side had no touches in their opponent’s box since OptaStats began tracking that statistic in 2008.

In recent seasons, Liverpool and City have been tough to separate. In their last six league meetings, both clubs have won twice, lost twice and drawn twice. Liverpool did come out on top 3-1 in their last meeting back in November last year.

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool doing the double over City open at +230, while odds on City defeating the new champions opens at +100. Odds on a draw between the two most recent Premier League champions opens at +275.

Can Liverpool break the Premier League points record? 
 

Liverpool is currently on 86 points with seven games left in the season and no team in Premier League history has had more points at this stage of the season. The current points record is 100, set by Manchester City in their 2017/18 title-winning season. 

If Liverpool wins every remaining game this season, they will finish on 107 points, however, they still have to play the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal. 

They can afford to lose two more games this season while winning the other five and I for one will not count out the champions from making history yet again. 

Liverpool v Crystal Palace

By: Fasika Zelealem

Liverpool Odds Against Crystal Palace for June 24th

After Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Everton on Sunday evening, we found out that the game brought in 5.5 million viewers in the UK which made the match the highest watched Premier League match ever in the UK. I’m pretty sure the viewers feel that the match certainly wasn’t deserving of that title.

To be frank, it was a slow and boring match with Everton getting the better of chances and would have gotten all three points if it weren’t for two key saves by Alisson late in the game. The absence of Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson proved pivotal as Liverpool couldn’t get into their usual swagger and lacked the threat of Robertson on the left-hand side and the constant runs in behind by Salah. 

It again shows the need for summer additions if Liverpool wants a long period of success because, as good as the likes of Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum are, Liverpool need more dynamism in both midfield and attack. 

Nevertheless, they are one step closer to their title triumph and they follow up their derby day draw with a return to Anfield against an in-form Crystal Palace side. 

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Liverpool Odds to Take All Three Points Against Crystal Palace

Palace won their first game back comfortably in a 2-0 away win at Bournemouth as they rose to ninth in the table, two points off Sheffield United and three points behind Tottenham Hotspur who occupy the last remaining European qualification spot. 

After a span of one win in 11 games from early December to mid-February, Palace was in danger of getting dragged into a relegation battle especially after three consecutive losses to Southampton, Sheffield United, and Everton. However, they bounced back with three consecutive 1-0 victories over Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford before the suspension of the league. 

Palace has historically caused problems for Liverpool as they remain the last side to defeat the league leaders at home in the Premier League, which they did way back in April 2017. Liverpool has, however, rectified their recent record against Palace by winning the last five meetings between the two clubs. 

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool getting one win closer to the Premier League title opens at -400, while odds on Palace again beating Liverpool at home opens at +1000. Odds on a tie between the two clubs open at +500. 

Mohamed Salah’s Golden Boot Odds to Make it a Three-Peat

After the apparent knee injury that Sergio Aguero suffered against Burnley as well as the current dip in form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and current Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy, the door has opened for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to overlap the aforementioned players to a potential third consecutive golden boot award. 

Salah is tied with Danny Ings and Sergio Aguero with 16 goals behind Aubameyang’s 17 goals and Vardy’s 19. Sportsbooks have Salah’s odds of netting in his first game back against Palace opening at -137 and his odds of claiming this year’s golden boot has increased to +450, behind Aubameyang and Vardy. 

Everton vs. Liverpool Odds Preview 21/06/20, 19:00 PM Kick-Off 2019/20 Premier League Season, Week 30

By: Fasika Zelealem 

Liverpool Odds Preview Against Everton

Liverpool would have already been crowned Premier League champions if the league had not been suspended, you know, probably. However, the Premier League is back, and Liverpool can continue their quest on their long-awaited league triumph.

Liverpool takes on Everton in both clubs’ first games back since the restart of the league and what better way to kick off the first round of games than a Merseyside derby.

Liverpool is a team that may have benefitted from the suspension of the league. The last few games Liverpool played before the league halted were littered with inconsistent and underwhelming performances.

A 3-2 win over relegation candidates West Ham United worried fans as the league leaders conceded two goals in one game for the first time since their 5-2 win over Everton in December. A stunning 3-0 loss to Watford ended Liverpool’s incredible 27-game unbeaten streak and dismissed any ideas of an invincible season.

A 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup ended dreams of a league and cup double as well as getting knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Atletico Madrid following a 3-2 defeat in extra-time at home.

An extended break mentally and physically could prove to be refreshing to a team that’s been under the spotlight since day one.

The same could be said for Everton; not the spotlight thing, that’s preposterous, but the club was on a downward spiral nearing the suspension of the league after initial good form under Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian managed five wins in his first eight Premier League games before a 3-2 loss to Arsenal and a 4-0 loss to Everton sandwiched by a 1-1 home draw with Manchester United.

Will Liverpool Ever Lose to Everton?

The recent record between the two clubs is both incredible and embarrassing at the same time. Liverpool has not lost a game against Everton in all competitions since 2010. Everton’s last win came in October of that year in a 2-0 home win. Everton has also not won a game against Liverpool on the road in all competitions since 1999. 

I was five months old when Everton last secured a win at Anfield, terrible, isn’t it? While there has been a lot of draws in recent years between the two teams, Liverpool has started ramping up the wins with two already this season with a 5-2 league win in December as well as a 1-0 home win in the FA Cup in December.

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool going one step further to the title opens at -188, while odds on Everton derailing the trophy parade for another week with a win opens at +450. Odds on a tie open at +333.

With Manchester City’s win over Arsenal in midweek, that means Liverpool cannot mathematically win the title with a win over Everton, however, it does increase their chances of winning it at Anfield, albeit without fans.

Aston Villa vs. Chelsea Odds Preview 21/06/20, 16:15 PM Kick-Off 2019/20 Premier League Season, Week 30

By: Fasika Zelealem 

Chelsea Odds Preview Against Aston Villa

The return of the English Premier League immediately thrusts Chelsea back into their chase of UEFA Champions League football. Before the suspension of the league occurred, Chelsea sat fourth in the table and three points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United and five points behind third-placed Leicester City. 

Chelsea’s last league game was a 4-0 home win over Everton, a win that was their second in three games following a poor run of just one win in their last six games including losses to both Newcastle United and Manchester United. 

The London club is one of many who would have benefitted from the extended break as players who may not have been fit for the rest of the season have had time to recover from injury and play a part for the rest of the season. 

The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante are back in training and are big additions to the Chelsea side as they look to confirm their participation in the Champions League next season in Frank Lampard’s first year as manager. 

Manchester United is one side who’s massively benefitted from this as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford who looked set to miss United’s final stretch of the season are now back fit and ready to help them qualify for the Champions League after a year out of Europe’s top club competition. 

How Will Aston Villa Look Upon Return to Action

Chelsea’s opponents on Sunday have very much different aspirations for the rest of the season. Aston Villa played the first game back since the return of the league where they drew 0-0 at home to Sheffield United. 

They were lucky however to claim a point after Oliver Norwood’s free-kick fell beyond the goal line of Aston Villa but according to goal-line technology, the ball didn’t cross the line and a goal was not given.  

Villa, who sits 19th in the table is a favorite for relegation and sportsbooks has them returning to the Sky Bet Championship after just one season in the top-flight at odds of -300.  

They suffered four consecutive defeats until the suspension of the league where they lost 4-0 to Leicester City back in March. Despite their poor form, they remain just one point from safety and have the same points total as 16th placed West Ham United. 

Can Chelsea’s Incoming Signings Boost Their Chances of UCL Qualification?

Chelsea confirmed the summer signing of Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech back in January and today secured the signing of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, beating Liverpool to the punch. 

Not only are they two top talents who immediately improve the quality of Chelsea, but they also cost a combined £78.6 million; to demonstrate the incredible business that is, Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe and the disastrous David Luiz for £80 million, amazing right? 

Chelsea possesses odds of -150 to make the top four and the signings of Ziyech and Werner who arrive in summer will only drive the Chelsea squad to deliver European football to two players who’ve played in the competition with Werner making the quarterfinals this season with Leipzig. 

For the game on Sunday, it’s only worse news for Aston Villa whose last win against Chelsea came back in 2014. Since then, they’ve lost five consecutive league games to Chelsea including a 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture back in December. 

Sportsbooks odds on Chelsea to defeat Aston Villa open at -188, while Villa’s odds to win in their second game back since the restart opens at +450. Odds on a tie opens at +333. 

2020 Premier League Title Odds Preview Week 3

 

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After the first two rounds of the 2019/20 Premier League season, the Premier League Odds continue to place Manchester City and Liverpool FC as favorites

Manchester City and Liverpool remain the sportsbooks favorites to win the 2020 Premier League Title after the first two rounds of the season. A strong start from both teams where Liverpool lead the league currently has sportsbooks on notice who’ve decreased Liverpool’s odds to win the 2020 Premier League Title just two weeks into the season.

On August 10th, 2019, the sportsbooks had Liverpool’s 2020 Premier League Title Odds at +400, the second-best odds in the league, after current champions Manchester City. However, after winning their first two league games of the Premier League season and clinching the UEFA Super Cup Trophy over rivals Chelsea, sportsbooks has slashed those odds to +200.

Despite Liverpool’s recent favourable odds, Manchester City remain the sportsbooks favorite with their 2020 Premier League Title odds opening up at -200. This, however, is an increase from the 10th of August 2019 where Man City’s odds were at -142.90. A combination of Liverpool’s early season form added to the long-term injury of Man City star Leroy Sane may have attributed to City’s change in odds.

 

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The Best of the Rest Looking to Capture the EPL Title Odds

Aside from Chelsea, the other top teams in the Premier League have made a strong start. Manchester United, who entered the season with odds of +1000 to win the 2020 Premier League Title, thrashed Chelsea 4-0 in their first game of the season and were a Paul Pogba penalty miss away from defeating Wolves, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Despite an encouraging start, sportsbooks didn’t take much notice of it and they currently have Man United winning the 2020 Premier League Title at +3300.

Tottenham Hotspur, who managed to claw a 2-2 draw against Manchester City last weekend thanks to VAR, have the least unrealistic odds compared to those of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Sportsbooks have Tottenham winning the 2020 Premier League at +2000.

While Arsenal and Chelsea, who are teams expected to duke for a top four finish rather than Premier League Title have quite astronomical odds, however, it’s for a very good reason.

Chelsea lost the best player in the Premier League in Eden Hazard last summer and due to a summer transfer ban enforced by FIFA, they were unable to bring anybody in. Still without a win this season, sportsbooks have Frank Lampard’s Chelsea winning the 2020 Premier League Title at +5000. Arsenal, who did break their transfer record spending £72 million on forward Nicolas Pepe, failed to adequately fix their defensive woes which is why sportsbooks have Arsenal opening up at +3300, tied with Manchester United.

It’s highly unlikely that one of Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea will win the 2020 Premier League Title though I understand if bettors were to take a chance due to the potential winnings.

If I was to pick a dark horse who would provide a sizable profit, it would be Tottenham Hotspur. This is a team who’ve become a regular top three Premier League team and spent £63 million on midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer. It’s time for Tottenham to make that next step to win a trophy, something they’ve failed to do since 2008, and the 2020 Premier League Title might be that trophy to break their drought.

 

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