Premier League predictions: Contenders for the 2019/20 season
The dust may have barely settled on Manchester City's successful title defence they won in such thrilling fashion from Liverpool on the final day but we are taking a look at next season's Premier League predictions and odds.
City won the trophy by a single point on the final day of the campaign, although they were made to sweat by Brighton who took a shock 27th-minute lead through Glenn Murray which meant Liverpool were in pole position having gone ahead against Wolves 10 minutes earlier.
However, Sergio Aguero equalised almost immediately and Aymeric Laporte put them in front to ease their nerves, eventually running out 4-1 winners to secure another top-flight success for Pep Guardiola's side.
We should see plenty of ins and outs at all 20 clubs during the summer, Chelsea aside, but before the transfer frenzy starts we're examining the top six in the Premier League winner odds for the 2019/20 season.
Manchester City are already big favourites in the Premier League odds after winning a neck-and-neck battle with Liverpool to become the first team to retain the title since 2009.
Guardiola's men trailed the Reds by seven points when Jurgen Klopp took his side to the Etihad in January when City secured a 2-1 win to drag themselves back into the race.
Season is over again. Number 10 is in the bag. It has been an incredible season again with lots of highs and lots of lows. But we ended it definitely in the right way. Luckily I have an incredible team of brothers that I can play with and a beautiful family behind me. Thank you pic.twitter.com/Q1DKmljaBK-- Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) May 22, 2019
John Stones famously made a clearance with the ball 11.7mm from crossing the line during that game to deny Sadio Mane the opening goal. The margins between success and failure could not have been much finer.
City benefited from having a deep squad which was needed when Kevin de Bruyne suffered a couple of injuries last season.
Chances: Guardiola may need to bring in another striker to ease the burden on Aguero, who picked up a few injuries last season with only Gabriel Jesus as back-up. Vincent Kompany will also need to be replaced having joined Anderlecht as player-manager, but City won't need too many additions and will be one of the Premier League betting tips to retain their title for many a punter.
It seems absurd that a team could lose one game all season and still not win the title but that was the fate which befell Liverpool, whose 97 points was the highest runner-up total in Premier League history.
Despite agonisingly missing out on a first top-flight title in 29 years, 2019 will live long in the memory of Reds fans who enjoyed a sixth European Cup triumph with a 2-0 win against Tottenham in the Champions League final.
Liverpool spent a lot of money on Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri last summer but they are unlikely to splash the cash so extravagantly this season.
Chances: Their squad may lack the depth of City's but they will undoubtedly be their biggest challengers and with one or two additions could go one better.
Spurs finished fourth last season but are ahead of Chelsea as third favourites in the Premier League odds.
Tottenham made no signings last season because of the cost of building the club's new stadium but chairman Daniel Levy will need to open his cheque book if he is to keep Mauricio Pochettino happy.
Spurs missed out on the Champions League trophy after a damp squib of a final against Liverpool in which Harry Kane was only half fit.
Chances: Injuries to key players like Kane and Dele Alli meant Spurs struggled to keep the momentum going in the second half of the season, but with some canny additions the north London side can be competitive once again.
Speculation surrounding the futures of manager Maurizio Sarri and star player Eden Hazard means Chelsea are behind Spurs in the odds for the forthcoming campaign.
For all of the negativity surrounding the Blues over several issues such as Sarri's undermined authority, N'Golo Kante playing out of position and Hazard's likely departure, it was a successful season for the west Londoners.
Chelsea won the Europa League, were a penalty shoot-out away from landing the League Cup and qualified for next season's Champions League.
Although USA winger Christian Pulisic has joined the club from Borussia Dortmund, the Blues were handed a transfer embargo which runs until the end of January 2020, so punters may stay clear of Chelsea as one of their Premier League tips to win the title for the third time in six seasons.
Chances: Gonzalo Higuain does not seem to be the solution to their striker problem and the Blues would be unable to fill the gap left by Hazard should he leave, so a top-four finish would be regarded as another success.
There seems to be a lot of soul-searching amongst United's supporters about what they need to do in the future to make the club successful again and whether Paul Pogba should be sold.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an instant impact when he replaced Jose Mourinho in December, but the wheels came off the bus towards the end of the season when their top-four hopes vanished from mid-March, winning just two of their last nine games.
Chances: In terms of Premier League predictions, United are not expected to break back into the top four unless they address the issues which seem to be crippling the club on the pitch.
A terrible final couple of months saw Arsenal throw away the chance of a top-four spot and Champions League football for next season disappeared completely when they were trounced 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku.
The Gunners look strong up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette but the loss of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Juventus is a significant blow, while Mesut Ozil's contribution to the cause continues to divide opinion.
"It really hurts that we couldn't bring you back this trophy. Thanks to everyone who came to Baku and thanks to you all for your support this season."-- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 31, 2019
- Granit Xhaka pic.twitter.com/SyGIbgHuVB
Other issues which need to be addressed are their woeful away from which brought just seven victories last season and a defence which kept just eight clean sheets overall.
Chances: Arsenal's midfield and defence must be addressed if they are to break back into the top four and they need a back-up goalkeeper for the departing Petr Cech. As far as Premier League predictions go, a first title since 2002 looks way off the mark.
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