English Premier League’s 2019-20 season starts this weekend. And this time five new managers – Dean Smith, Chris Wilder, Daniel Farke, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard – will be making their debut in the pinnacle football event of the UK.
Back-to-back League winner, Pep Guardiola will look to make some history, and Jurgen Klopp will be trying his best to get Liverpool to the top of the table. All eyes will also be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to see how well he steers the Manchester United ship in the upcoming season. With 20 teams fighting each other for a top 6 finish as well as survival in the league, it's going to be a great season.
With teams battling it out on the pitch, punters will be fighting another battle in the football betting markets. Manchester City are the favourites to bag the treble again with 1/2 odds on offer in the market. Liverpool, on the other hand, is a close second, going at 13/5, with Tottenham third-best favourites at 16/1.
Apart from that, there are several other markets you can bet on too. While you can go with any betting strategy you like, it’s very important that you place your wagers only with a reputable online bookmaker such as Bet365.
Let’s now go over some of the important managerial predictions for the upcoming EPL season.
Top 4 Finish For An English Manager
Four Italians, two Scots, a Portuguese, a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a Chilean have had their hands on the coveted EPL trophy. But no manager from the home country has accomplished that feat as yet. Although we don’t expect that to happen in the 2019-20 season either, it’s not too much of an ask to expect an English manager to at least achieve a top-four finish in the tournament, for the first time in the last 7 years.
Back in 2012, Harry Redknapp took Tottenham Hotspurs to 4th place on the table, and now everyone is hoping that Frank Lampard, his nephew, can do it again this season. It would give Chelsea their 15th top-four finish in the last 18 years.
Pep Guardiola To Match Sir Alex Ferguson’s Record
No, we are not referring to Sir Alex Ferguson’s 13 Premier League wins, a record that no one might be able to equal, let alone beat. Instead, the Man City boss can equal another one of Fergie’s feat of scoring three consecutive Premier League title wins.
Guardiola took Man City to the top in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and fans are hoping that he will take them all the way once again. Although it will be quite some task as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is going to give it their all.
Lowest Number Of Departures
In the 2011-12 EPL season only four managers had left their posts. Thereafter, in 2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2018-19, this number didn’t go beyond 6. However, a record 10 manager exits happened in 2013-14 and 2017-18.
This time around everyone is hoping that there will be the least number of manager exits in the last eight years.