Bookies expect Man City to do the double
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions as the blue half of the city picked up their first title since 2014 and fifth in history. Their stats now stand at five wins and five runners-up, moving them to eighth in the overall winners table in a list dominated by Man Utd (20), Liverpool (18) and Arsenal (13).
It wasn’t the all-conquering season some fans and members of the board had hoped for – the money spent suggesting they were targeting a clean-sweep across England and Europe – but it was certainly a step in the right direction and will kick-start a period of dominance, according to bookmakers who have The Cityzens as hot favourites for two in-a-row.
City finished with 100 points, the most achieved by a side in the modern Premier League era. That came thanks to 32 wins, four draws and only two defeats leaving them 19 points ahead of Man Utd in second. Interestingly, the last three winners of the prize were Chelsea with 93, Leicester 81 and Chelsea 87. That would suggest traders are on the right track.
The stats for back-to-back winners don’t read too well for followers of Pep’ Guardiola’s boys however and we haven’t had a champion successfully defend their gong since the Red Devils rhymed off three on the bounce between 2006 and 2009. The Premier League is known the world over as one of the most competitive divisions on planet football and each of the last nine seasons has given us a new champion. That’s made up of Man City x3, Chelsea x3, Man Utd x2 and Leicester.
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Stats say oppose the favourites
Does that mean City are worth opposing next season? William Hill have them at 4/6 to retain the top-step and although that’s tight it is market best price at the time of writing. They will strengthen and, on paper, are worth their pricetag but we’d struggle to keep an odds-on shot warm all season. That would push us towards a shot at a bigger price.
In backing Manchester United not only will you be on English football’s most successful team you’ll also have 7/1 working in your favour. The board have money to spend to match their city rivals and Jose Mourinho is a man on a mission following a poor season. He did earn a silver medal in both the Premier League and FA Cup but that won’t sit right with the special one.
Liverpool have been hacked up as second favourites in the early betting following this year’s heroics in the Champions League. The Reds secured a top-four finishing despite blazing a trail of glory to the final of European football’s main prize and with the confidence and cash that comes from that they’ll be after their first league flag since 1990.
Others at a price which may catch your attention are Chelsea 12/1, Tottenham 14/1, Arsenal 28/1 and big-spending Everton at 250/1.Interestingly, and we’re not too sure why, recently promoted Wolves are next in line at 350/1 ahead of Leicester’s 400/1.