After Liverpool so convincingly won the Premier League last season, are they the favourites for the 2020/21 season?
Last season Liverpool finally broke their 30-year wait for a league title, by beating Man City to their first-ever Premier League trophy. They had a fantastic year and finished the season on 99 points, 18 ahead of Man City.
At one point it looked like Liverpool would go unbeaten, however, Watford everyone and beat them 3-0. Liverpool didn’t end the season like Klopp would have wanted them to. They had several achievable records such as the most points in a season but they let this slip.
That being said they were one of the best Premier League sides ever and will be confident of retaining the trophy this year. However, lots of new players have joined the Premier League this season making the top six even stronger! Can someone dethrone Jurgen Klopp’s side?
Premier League 20/21 Odds (Paddy Power)
Man City – 4/5
Pep’s side are the favourites for this seasons title and they are starting to look the real deal after a shakey start. Man City did have the best of starts to the Premier Leauge, winning just three out of their opening eight games. However, they find themselves in a position now where if they win their games in hand they can go past Liverpool in the table and potentially top depending on how United’s game in hand goes.
City has a very strong squad and have had to take advantage of it this season with lots of players out for various reasons. City brought in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and Ruben Dias from Benfica after their defence was a real issue last season. Pep seems to have found his preferred defensive partnership now in Dias and Stones and this is showing in their improved results and consistency.
City have won four Premier League titles and Pep has won two of these. They know what it takes to retain and regain a title and will use this experience to try and get the better of Liverpool this year and close the gap as soon as possible.
Liverpool – 23/10
Liverpool keep going from favourites to second favourites, form week to week. They started the season well but have dropped points in games they shouldn’t have far more often than we’ve been used to. A big injury to Van Dijk hasn’t helped at all, along with another bad injury to Joe Gomez. Since the two injuries, Klopp has tried various different partnerships at the back but none have worked anywhere near as well and the club has dropped 15 points since Van Dijk got injured!
Liverpool desperately needs to sign a centre back in this window if they want to retain this title. Their attack is more than good enough to win the Premier Leauge but losing Fabinho in midfield as he is covering at the back has had a big impact. Now, Liverpool are by no means out of this title race and we think their price is a very generous one. They are currently joint top of the league and in Klopp, they have a brilliant manager but it’s going to be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Man United – 6/1
After just two wins in their opening six games its a huge surprise to see United having the chance to go top of the Premier League should they win their game in hand next week. United are currently on level points with Liverpool having played one less game. There is a long way to go in the season and it would be a surprise if United were able to keep this up for the remaining 22 matches.
They have a team good enough to challenge for the title, but should Bruno or Rashford get injured, their two main players, this could have a huge effect. Their game against Liverpool in a few weeks time will show just how far they have come and if they have a real chance of winning the Premier League this season.
Tottenham – 13/1
Spurs were given no chance at the start of the Premier League season, after finishing sixth last season. However, they started the new season very well but have started to tale off of late and are fourth in the league. Should they win their game in hand though, they go one point behind Liverpool, showing what an unusual season it has been.
In Mourinho, they have a highly experienced Premier League manager who has won the competition three times. He knows what it takes to win the league and can get his side to produce some big performances. Their only issue is their consistency. Spurs are known for bottling it, especially against the lesser sides. Kane and Son have been fantastic this season and like United, if they were to lose their two key men it could have a huge impact.