After a rollercoaster ride this summer it’s time to start looking ahead to the new season and the one that we’re all waiting for – The Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s Man City are tasked with defending the title they won so comfortably last season but will it be that close again? Let’s take a look at the bookies top 5 favourites to win the 2021/22 Premier League and discuss if any of them are capable of taking City’s crown.
If you want to check out my tips for the Premier League then go to my bets.
Chelsea Premier League Outright Odds: 11/2
Let’s start with my club and the current second-favourites to take the Premier League title this season, Chelsea.
After sacking Frank Lampard, the restructuring began under Thomas Tuchel. In the 18 games he took charge of The Blues managed 38 points and out width the league they made it to the FA Cup final and of course won the Champions League by beating Manchester City, who they also beat on route the FA Cup final at Wembley.
In Tuchel’s 3 running’s with Pep so far in England, the German has come out on top on all 3 occasions, make of that what you will but they were the only side who looked capable of stopping City last season.
Tuchel completely changed that Chelsea side, they became solid in defence; keeping 11 clean sheets in 18 matches. He got the best out of the likes of Edouard Mendy, Antonio Rudiger and veteran centre back Thiago Silva.
Along with that we saw the emergence of Kai Havertz. Jorginho began to get recognition and he restored N’Golo Kante as one of the best midfielders in the world.
If they can score goals more fluidly then Chelsea will be a serious threat to the title. I do believe this could be a huge season for Timo Werner. He scored just 6 league goals last season but did also manage 8 assists. Across all competitions he had 14 goals disallowed for fouls/offsides etc.
He’s clearly getting in the right places, if it clicks then he could take Chelsea to the next level. There are heavy rumours about breaking the bank for someone like Lukaku or Haaland, if that was to happen that 11/2 price will be tumbling.
With a pre-season to embed players and further improve his tactics/understanding with this squad, Tuchel is more than capable of leading Chelsea to a serious title challenge. He seems to be the one manager that Guardiola fears and those crunch games against title rivals could be what decides it.
Liverpool Premier League Outright Odds: 5/1
Liverpool went from that exceptional Premier League season in 2019/20 to a bitterly disappointing 3rd placed finish last time out where they accumulated 30 less points than the previous season.
Not only that their incredible unbeaten home record evaporated and they went on to lose 6 straight matches at Anfield to the likes of Burnley, Brighton and Fulham as well as rivals and challengers such as Everton, Man City & Chelsea.
Of course, their injuries did hold them back but it also exposed their lack of squad depth. An issue that sides like City and Chelsea don’t have. With injuries to VVD, Gomez and Matip they were forced to gamble on youngsters like Nat Phillips and Neco Williams as well as moving Fabinho back from a midfield role where he’d been so crucial for them.
They do still have the incredible firepower of Salah and Mane up front. Mane scored 11 & assisted 7 yet was still heavily criticised for having a poor season. I think a formidable striker could turn them back in to a real powerhouse but there’s several additions needed before another forward.
Ibrahima Konate has joined from RB Leipzig, they could do with a couple more covering defenders now as well. A new back up goalie is likely high on Klopp’s list and also some new blood in midfield especially following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.
Fans being back will also be huge for The Reds. This Liverpool team always thrived on emotion and drive provided to them by the Anfield support. That alone could see their points tally increase significantly however I think they need the most number of signings out of the top sides if they want to compete.
Manchester United Premier League Outright Odds: 9/1
Ultimately United were the closest side to stopping Man City last season in the Premier League, although that gap was still 12 points which is pretty significant. However this was a United team that has been slated time and time again for not being good enough, yet at times they were scintillating, they just lacked the consistency of their City rivals.
There is a frightening amount of talent in the squad and on paper you’d really have them up there but it’s about how these players are managed and if Ole can work a system where by he’s getting the best out of the big names but not sacrificing the teams performance.
In the summer we once again saw how good Paul Pogba can be for France and that’s down to the support he has in that team and that he isn’t shackled with defensive responsibility. If they can get him firing and keep Bruno performing at the levels he did last season then United could be great value.
Jadon Sancho’s arrival is massive too and means less confusion about who starts in that right win position. Mason Greenwood can now be used more strategically as he’s moulded in to the player United want him to be.
Edinson Cavani was wonderful last season but maybe a marquee striker is what will hold them back, again we’ve seen Haaland’s name a lot, reuniting him with Sancho could be devastating. I think that, a proper holding midfielder to complement Pogba and also a centre half (Varane rumoured) to partner Maguire could stand United in good stead to push City even closer.
Tottenham Premier League Outright Odds: 33/1
Save your money. Spurs aren’t winning the Premier League this season. Sorry Tottenham fans but I imagine none of you will even oppose me saying that. Expect to see that price drift even further if they lose Harry Kane which does look likely.
With City bidding in to triple figures and a likely realisation at the Euros that he needs to start looking at how he can win trophies, their talisman looks set to go. He got the most goals & assists in the league last season and yet Spurs managed just a 7th placed finish. Yikes.
Yes there’s still quality in that team and new management under Nuno Espirito Santo should give them a new lease of life, however they’re carrying so much dead wood and have been for a few years now. A large number of their players really have fallen off and are now earning fortunes for doing next to nothing. For me they need a complete overhaul and rebuild and it’ll likely be a few years before they can mount a serious challenge.
This season is about creating a new identity for the North Londoners, under Nuno they can rebuild and reignite the fans passion with their side. After such a poor season he really does have the scope to overhaul things and build a legacy at Spurs.
They did get to a cup final last season, Ryan Mason had to take charge following Mourinho’s exit just days before. Maybe had that not happened we might have been having a different conversation here.
Ultimately there’s a reason they’re 33/1 and that’s because they don’t have the legs for a title race. Even if they start strongly I wouldn’t get too excited, there’s more than one summers worth of work needing done for Tottenham.
They won’t be anywhere near my outright bets.
Manchester City Premier League Outright Odds: 8/13
Being odds on to win the world’s most competitive league speaks volumes about this Manchester City side.
They won the Premier League at an absolute canter last season along with battling on all fronts for so long as they made the latter stages of every competition they were in. They managed this because of their immense squad depth and unbelievable ability in every area of the team.
The big change last season was how strong they were defensively, they conceded just 32 goals. The arrival of Ruben Dias revolutionised their defence and got the best out of John Stones too.
That allowed them to operate with 2 creative midfielders most of the time and even though they didn’t have a true striker, they still outscored the entire league as they netted 83 times on their way to being champions.
With Aguero now no longer a City player and Gabriel Jesus clearly not trusted to take the mantle, there’s a void for a number 9 to dominate the league and as mentioned, that man looks to be Harry Kane.
City launched a £100m bid during the Euros, so expect to hear more in the coming weeks as Kane returns from international duty and back to club life. The same applies for Jack Grealish who was reportedly the target of a similarly sized bid.
Pep is looking to add that extra bit of sparkle to his exceptional squad and if they get Kane I’d probably make them around 1/3 to win the title as they will be unstoppable.
The one thing that may stand in their way is that desire to fight on all fronts but especially, their hunger to win the Champions League. Being beaten by Chelsea will hurt for a long time, but Pep needs to put that right sooner or later and if it came down to one or the other I’d be pretty certain he’d value the UCL over the Premier League.