With the opening kickoff of the 2021/2022 Premier League schedule just days away, Manchester City continue to lead the way as heavy favourites to claim their fourth EPL title in five years. First-place finishers atop the Premier League table by a wide 12-point margin last season, City kept busy during the offseason, as they sought to make key personnel upgrades. However, the defending champions can still expect to face stiff challenges from familiar rivals as the upcoming season gets underway. Reigning UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC remain in a dogfight with Liverpool FC for the second spot on the Premier League futures, while crosstown rivals Manchester United round out the top of the odds board.
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends as the most popular soccer league on the planet returns to the pitch. Sports bettors looking to get in on Premier League soccer action for the first time can refer to our betting guides to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their soccer betting experience.
|Odds to Win 2021/2022 Premier League|
|West Ham United||140.00||150.00||201.00||151.00||139.00|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||270.00||200.00||501.00||251.00||270.00|
Man City Poised to Repeat
After taking a step back two seasons ago with a second-place finish, Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table last season, and are well-positioned to do it again this time around. City sits well ahead of the pack on the 2022 Premier League, with a $20 bet on the squad successfully defending their crown at Betsafe (1.70) producing a meagre $34 return.
— /r/reddevils (@RedditDevils) May 23, 2021
The Citizens’ strong position is warranted. In addition to recording a league-best 27 wins, six more than second-place Manchester United, City also led the way with 83 total goals and a goal differential of +51. The club faces some personnel challenges. Sergio Aguero departed for Barcelona during the offseason after spending the past 10 seasons as a Citizen. While Aguero will be missed, Man City is set to bring back the core of their championship squad including the team’s top goalscorer last season, İlkay Gündoğan.
Sterling Among Favourites on Top Goalscorer Odds
England’s Raheen Sterling is also set to return after a solid performance in the UEFA European championships and sits among the favourites to lead the EPL in goals scored this time around, with a $20 bet at Bet99 (14.00) generating a $280 payout. Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is also set to rebound from an injury-plagued season and hopes to regain the form that powered him to a career-best 13 goals two seasons.
Most Premier League goals over the last four seasons:
9️⃣5️⃣ 🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah
8️⃣8️⃣ 🏴 Harry Kane
7️⃣6️⃣ 🏴 Jamie Vardy
6️⃣5️⃣ 🏴 Raheem Sterling
6️⃣4️⃣ 🇬🇦 P-E Aubameyang
6️⃣2️⃣ 🇦🇷 Sergio Aguero
6️⃣1️⃣ 🇸🇳 Sadio Mané #LFC | #THFC | #LCFC | #MCFC pic.twitter.com/4oL4jmJOfu
— EPL Statman (@EPLStatman) July 31, 2021
However, there is no shortage of rivals set to challenge Manchester City for the top of the table. Among the most likely contenders are also the second favourites on the premier League futures, Chelsea FC.
Can Chelsea Build on European Success?
Forced to struggle to maintain a spot above the line in each of the four seasons since winning their last Premier League title in 2017, the Blues enjoyed a breakthrough in European play last season, claiming their first UEFA Champions League title since 2012 with an entertaining 1-0 win over man City in the tournament final. That win coincided with the club’s steady improvement in league play as the season progressed, with the Blues suffering just four defeats over their final 21 contests to eke out a fourth-place finish.
𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗: N’Golo Kanté Player of the Match displays 🥇
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2021
Like City, Chelsea also return with their core intact and have emerged as an attractive bet on the EPL odds at Sports Interaction (5.83), where a $20 bet will pay $116.60. Among the Blues players set to return are strikers Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner. The club has also been connected to last season’s top goalscorer Harry Kane, who is reportedly looking for a way out of Tottenham Hotspur. However, if the Blues are unable to quickly add some scoring punch to an attack that averaged just 1.53 goals per match last season, they may face bigger problems than keeping pace with the defending champions.
Liverpool a Legitimate Threat
Running neck and neck with Chelsea are Liverpool FC. Runaway Premier League champions two seasons ago, the Reds took a massive step back last season, finishing third on the table, 17 points back of City. Liverpool is hoping to be past the injury woes that impacted them last season, most notably 2019 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk. The 30-year-old centre-back was limited to just five league appearances last season but looks set to take on a full workload.
⏪ Rewinding it back to Thursday’s pre-season action ⚽ pic.twitter.com/soQPtnx7cs
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 1, 2021
Upfront, the Reds sport a fierce attack led by Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, and Roberto Firmino. Needless to say, if Liverpool can stay healthy, they remain a serious threat to reclaim their championship perch, with a $20 wager at Betway (6.50) generating a high-value $130 return.
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Fade Manchester United
Manchester United round out the top of the odds, with a $20 wager at Funbet (9.00) producing a potential payout of $180. However, barring a sudden unexpected move to shake up the roster, it is tough seeing the Red Devils duplicate their second-place finish from last season.
Manchester United have spent over a billion pounds on transfer fees since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and have not won a single PL or CL trophy to justify it.
Current boss OGS has spent ~400m himself since taking the reigns in December 2018 from Jose Mourinho.
— UtdResurgent (@UtdResurgent) July 31, 2021
Faced with limited salary space to work with, the club failed to make much of a splash in the transfer market. The Red Devils also face personnel issues including Harry Maguire’s offseason run-in with the law in Greece, Marcus Rashford’s injury woes, and concerns that the English star must shoulder too great a workload. With United showing little signs of keeping pace with the Premier League elite, they are best faded on the EPL futures, including on the odds to finish among the top four at Funbet (1.33), where a $20 bet pays just $26.66.