Will Liverpool Reign Supreme Again in 2020/21?
We are within touching distance of the start of the 2020-2021 Premier League football season. In addition to the rumour mill working overtime during the summer transfer window; there’s a lot of debate as to which side stands the best chance of being crowned champions.
You would consider Liverpool, after winning their first league title in 30 years, as the team to beat. However, all of the leading bookmakers have other ideas. After comparing the odds at top-rated sites, such as Bovada
; the general feeling is that Pep Guardiola will be the man to steal - or take back - the Premier League crown.
Are the bookies underestimating Klopp’s Reds?
The old saying is that it’s more difficult to retain the title than winning it for the first time. This is a hallmark of legendary teams (and managers), something which Liverpool Football Club know only too well after their successes in the 70s and 80s.
The average price for Liverpool is 3.00 (2/1 if you prefer fractional odds) in contrast to Manchester City, who are floating around the 1.70 - 1.80 region in the bookies’ prices. When you consider the Reds won the title last season with a mammoth 18 points to spare, it feels like the traders at these betting sites are severely underestimating the Anfield outfit.
When you also consider the pressure is really on Pep to deliver in the Champions League, particularly after being humbled by Lyon in last season’s competition, a question mark does come over these betting odds. Furthermore, Liverpool have not made any wholesale changes to their squad. They still have one of the best defensive units in the Premier League and going forward; they are probably the most-feared team in England.
Can Chelsea bring the title back to London?
The burning question is, ‘Will the 2020-2021 season be another two-horse race?’ Well, not if Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have anything to do with it. After a respectable debut season at the helm of this south London Club, where he also spent 13 years as a player, bigger things will be expected of Frankie this season.
During the transfer window, Lampard has received the full backing from the club’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, with Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, and Ben Chilwell from Leicester all arriving at Stamford Bridge.
However, with Abramovich’s millions comes added pressure. Having been by far the most active club in terms of signing new players, it’s fair to say the Russian oligarch will demand results. And, history tells us, he is not the most patient man in the world. Punters can jump on Chelsea to win the league at 12/1 (13.0). Given the strength of the top two, this price is about right, in my opinion.
Will Ole be United’s hero once more?
After weathering the storm of an inconsistent start to last season, Ole’s United finished as one of the strongest teams in the Premier League. They also reached the semi-final stages of the UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup.
While some detractors may claim Man United’s success was due to the absurd number of penalties they were awarded last season; others will say you have to be in the opposition’s box in the first place. Clearly, United have some attacking flair with Rashford and Martial both having solid seasons, and the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes appeared to be the missing piece in the jigsaw.
Does this mean the Red Devils have what it takes to win their first title in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era? Well, the bookmakers don’t seem to think so. Priced around 11/1 (12.0), they are a touch ahead of Chelsea in the betting. However, if ever there is a man who knows that miracles can happen, it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The world waits
Having completed the final 8 or 9 games from last season behind closed doors; it remains to be seen when fans will be allowed back into the grounds and in what numbers. Will any of this have a bearing on what will unfold in the 2020/21 campaign?
Looking at the bookmakers’ odds, Liverpool are the value bet by a country mile. They have upped their game over the past two years to an unimaginable level. Having already bagged a Champions League trophy, Klopp can put all his focus on retaining the Premier League
- and bringing about a new dynasty for this Merseyside club.
Will the bookies` love affair with Pep cost them dearly? The world waits to find out.