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The 19/20 Premier League season may have only just come to an end, however attention has quickly focused upon the upcoming campaign, which due to recent circumstances, will get underway on Saturday September 12th. Can Liverpool retain the title? Will the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea mount a challenge? And will Leeds United be able to make an impact upon their return to the top flight? There are so many unanswered questions at this stage, with the Premier League betting markets reflecting this. So, just what will be the betting trends to look out for in the English game over the coming months?
Will Manchester City Apply More Pressure on to Liverpool?
Let's start with Manchester City, who despite finishing some 18 points behind Liverpool, had reason to celebrate when their European ban was overturned following an appeal. Pep Guardiola has already dived into the transfer market, spending over £40 million on Nathan Ake from recently relegated Bournemouth. With a flurry of additional rivals, it comes as little surprise that the Citizens are favourites with many bookies to win the title once again. Man City are again a major player in the transfer market, with Guardiola aiming to strengthen a defence which conceded 35 goals last season.
Can Manchester United & Chelsea Challenge?
Meanwhile, many are likely to place outside bets on either Manchester United or Chelsea returning to glory, with the duo having impressed by finishing inside the top four with wins on the final day of last season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard will both be hoping to enhance their growing reputations, with the latter having moved quickly to bring in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. There is plenty more time for transfers however, with United expected to complete what could well be the biggest deal of the summer by bringing Jadon Sancho back to England. In fact, it is the Red Devils who are priced the lowest with leading bookies, at around 8/1, to win lift the Premier League trophy for the first time since 2013.
How Will the Returning Leeds & West Brom Fare?
Speaking of history, Leeds United will return to the top-flight after a 19 year absence, with eccentric boss Marcelo Bielsa and his players hoping to avoid the fate of Norwich City, who were recently relegated at the first time of asking. West Bromwich Albion will join Leeds in the Premier League, with the Baggies having already been installed as the favourites for the drop, however this is normal for any recently promoted side.
While a return to the hefty heights of a Champions League semi-final may be too much to ask for in the short-term, many believe that Leeds are now back where they belong. Either Brentford or Fulham will join them in the Premier League, while the likes of West Ham and Aston Villa will be hoping not to be dragged into the relegation battle this time around, having both narrowly avoided the drop.
With land based stores opening status consistently shifting - many will turn to online football bookies, with bets on the Premier League set to be placed from now right up until the final day of the season. Many punters choose to wait until the majority of transfer activity has been completed, however with clubs in the Premier League having chosen to extend the window this year, it could well be worthwhile getting your bets in early to get the best prices.
No matter how fans are able to follow their team during the 20/21 campaign, it is unlikely to effect the number of bets placed. As such, staking on the Premier League winner, top 4 places and relegation are likely to be popular both before and during the season, along with pre-match and in-play wagers.