So, Messi isn’t joining Manchester City anytime soon, and this means the citizens will have to battle for the Premier League title with “only” a bunch of world superstars on their squad.
Hello, and welcome to our Premier League 2020/2021 betting tips where we will find out why there is zero value on betting the 4/5 odds that you get for Manchester City to win the EPL.
Who will win the English Premier League in the 2020/2021 season?
The short answer is that currently, the value pick is Liverpool at 9/4. The team managed to grab the title last year after a 30-year pause, and boy did they win the EPL. Liverpool scored 85 goals (which wasn’t the most in the league) but managed the win the matches that matter the most and ended up a champion by a margin of 18 points against the runner-up Man City.
So will Liverpool win the EPL in 2021?
We don’t see why not. The team has kept its core players, and the most crucial star – Jurgen Klopp, is still there. Yes, the group’s star is the coach, and if you hear otherwise, it’s wrong. The German manager changed the culture of the team, and winning is now not optional. Liverpool won the Champions League a year ago and will be after all trophies they can get. The scary thing is not the goals you will concede against Liverpool but the fact that you will have a hard time scoring against them.
Manchester City and their chances to win the 2020/2021 Premier League
We have a feeling that this team will start running on fumes any time soon. Yes, De Bruyne could be the best midfielder in the world right now, but we aren’t sure about the chemistry in that locker room. On the upside, the average age of “the Citizens” is only 26 years old. This puts them in a perfect spot to be good for the upcoming years, but it looks like Liverpool is poised to repeat. The price of 4/5 for Man City doesn’t give you any value this year.
Chelsea might also be up there.
Being a Chelsea legend as a player, Frank Lampard is now on his way to become the hottest “young” manager in the league (No offense Mikel Arteta). The team won the EPL in 2014 and 2016, and this wasn’t so long ago. Now the squad is way more talented than last year, and we anticipate their chemistry to be good too. Watch out for a run.
Manchester United may have to wait a year or two to win the EPL.
It is unclear how good Manchester United will be, mainly given the fact that their Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær may not last the whole season. This team is an enigma but may very well push for a top 4 spot.
Tottenham Hotspur may really get hot in the 2020/2021 EPL.
Manager José Mourinho has a knack of lifting teams up during his 2nd and 3rd season in charge. This may be the case with Tottenham, so we have to watch out. The current odds of 50/1 for Tottenham to lift the trophy represent a fantastic value. One thing is for sure – José will unlikely last there for 2 or 3 more years.
Arsenal is desperately changing its culture.
Wow, isn’t it surprising how we talk about a culture change about one of the most prominent EPL history teams? A string of relatively bad season, nay, a decade of bad seasons has led us to this point. Now the Gunners hope that ex-player Mikel Arteta can finally improve the defence to have championship aspirations again.
Our tips for some of the week 1 matches in the 2020/2021 Premier League Season
Let’s look at a few games that we think are worth your attention in week 1 this season.
Fulham vs. Arsenal (12 Sep 12:30)
This game doesn’t give us a lot of value. The away team is favoured heavily, and we don’t necessarily like that. Yes, Willian will lace them up for Arsenal, but the victory is not certain. We would look at the “draw” selection at 16/5, but it’s not something we are betting.
West Ham vs. Newcastle (12 Sep 15:00)
The chemistry that West Ham has should be good because they retained many of their players from last season. Newcastle had to claw to remain in the EPL. The price of 11/10 for West Ham to win looks like something most bettors should back. Go with it.
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton (12 Sep 15:00)
Here’s a fun one. Southampton is our “dark horse” to make the top 6 this year. They landed a couple of exciting players this summer (Salisu and Walker-Peters), so we should all watch out for them. However, the match is taking place at Selhurst Park, so we might as well be prepared to bet the “draw.”
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Liverpool vs. Leeds United (12 Sep 17:30)
This one promises to be an exciting match on so many levels. Liverpool will be under scrutiny for its start of the new season, while everyone will also want to see Leeds play in the EPL since 2004. According to the bookies, though, this will be a complete dismantling by Liverpool. There’s no value betting the “match result” market here.
West Bromwich vs. Leicester (13 Sep 14:00)
If there can be a surprise tip this week, this is it. We think that WBA has a solid chance to start the season with a win. The odds of 13/5 for that to happen are pretty lucrative. West Bromwich signed some excellent players this off-season, and it will be interesting to see how they mesh up. When it comes to Leicester, though, the absence of Ben Chilwell will likely be evident, so we don’t really count on the team to win on the road in Week 1. Bet the home team.
Tottenham vs. Everton (13 Sep 16:30)
Tottenham is a relatively big favourite against Everton on Sunday, and we see why. “The Special One” has a tendency of dramatically improving his teams in year 2. The recent signings are proof that. Having signed Allan, Everton will also want to start the year strong, but they kick-off the season with an away game, which will prove challenging. The value is there for Tottenham, and this is actually our best bet. Bet Tottenham to win at 4/5.
Brighton vs. Chelsea (14 Sep 20:00)
We anticipate Chelsea to come out swinging, so we don’t really see value in this game. It is thought that a club with this many new signings will need time to establish chemistry, but we believe that all these new pieces will be eager to show they deserve a spot on the team. The 4/1 for Brighton is lucrative, but we aren’t betting this game.
Sheffield vs. Wolves (14 SEP 20:00)
The overachieving Sheffield side is hosting the Wolves late on Monday and will hope to concede zero goals in the season opener. While their defence is the team’s staple, we expect Sheffield also to seek opportunities to score. The Wolves signed and lost some core players, and we doubt their potential to win on the road. The most logical bet here would be the “draw.”
The top markets to bet in the 2020/2021 EPL season.
Obviously, most people like betting the Match betting market when it comes to football, but we often find value elsewhere.
The O/U goals market is a very fun one because it doesn’t concern you who will win the match. All you want is many goals or very few goals. With the EPL, the former is typically correct. Last season, the premier league saw an average of 2.72 goals being scored per match. This makes us lean towards the “over 2.5 goals” market regularly. However, we have to pay attention to the odds because they will not always be in our favour.
First Half Match result
this is a very fun market because careful preparation will pay off. Look for teams who score or do not score in the first half regularly. Explore their tendencies and make a bet accordingly. If you win this bet, you get to watch the 2nd half of the match without worrying about the outcome or goals.
What happens when we see that Liverpool is a 1/7 favourite to win a match at home versus a bottom feeder? Well, we bet the handicap because we seek value. Often, especially early in the season, teams will want to score as many goals as possible to establish dominance in the league. Look for such matches in the early game weeks and bet the heavy favourites to win by more than a goal or two.
To finish in the top 4
This is an outright market, but it has been a very popular one for the EPL for years. Now that more clubs have been established as “top teams,” there is more unpredictability when it comes to betting the market. We suggest you look for value options. These are typically teams expected to finish 6th or 7th, but these teams are also likely to make a push for the top 4.
EPL: Liverpool legend reveals something special about Arsenal
Liverpool legend John Barnes has affirmed that Arsenal is now a stronger team with the recruitment of Thomas Partey in their team, adding that he will help them to find the right balance.
The Ghanaian international joined the North London outfit in the summer transfer deadline day from Spanish la Liga outfit Atletico Madrid after his release clause of £45 million was activated. His first game for the club got everyone talking and the Liverpool legend also has his voice to lend.
After watching the North London outfit lose against Leicester City, John Barnes is not losing any faith in Mikel Arteta’s side as he expressed confidence that the new signing will help find a balance in the team and help going forward.
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The Liverpool legend added that with the former Atletico Madrid midfielder, Arsenal defence will be well shielded as well as the transition from the back to attack.
He said that Arsenal are currently being affected by the strange season with everything going on, citing the Liverpool 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa as one of the effects of the new normal but he is confident that all teams will soon be settled.
John Barnes hailed the Arsenal team for having a good structure process under the Spanish boss as it helps them to look better than they were two seasons ago. The top-four target is a possibility for Arsenal according to the Reds legend.
However, John Barnes argued that the North London outfit have not been scoring goals but that does not mean they do not have good attackers but they are only trying to settle well in the season and will soon get back to their best.
The burden of Arsenal’s goal drought lies on the shoulders of Gabon international forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he has been backed by manager Mikel Arteta to start scoring again.
Nicolas Pepe is told he risks getting Mesut Ozil treatment
Ivory Coast star Nicolas Pepe was impressive in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Dundalk on Thursday night but he has been warned by former player Martin Keown that he risks getting the same treatment as Mesut Ozil if he does not get better with his consistency.
Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal squad for all major competitions this season and that means he would be forced to leave with the January transfer window being considered to save his career.
The attitude and performance of the former Real Madrid playmaker are cited as the reason why manager Mikel Arteta continued to snub him from games before deciding to leave him out of the team after he refused to improve.
Martin Keown, reacting to Nicolas Pepe’s goal and performance in the Europa League game said “These are the moments from Pepe that we were expecting when he first arrived.”
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He lamented that the fans are yet to see enough of the former Lille player, adding that his best must be seen more often to be able to seal his place in the team.
Martin Keown noted that Mikel Arteta might have claimed to fail Mesut Ozil but such an excuse cannot be given of the Ivory Coast star because he has been given the opportunity but he has to get the best for himself.
“We’ve all talked about Ozil not being around and the manager saying he failed the player. What about Pepe now? We’re moving onto the next generation. How do you get the best from him, and is he getting the best for himself?”
However, manager Mikel Arteta has promised to help Nicolas Pepe and guide him towards consistency of performance.
The Spanish boss is encouraged by the fact that Nicolas Pepe is willing and he has hinted on helping him to be at his best every week.
The Ivory Coast international scored five league goals in his first season in England, against the 22 he scored in his final season with Lille.
Mikel Arteta says what will happen at Old Trafford
After securing a 3-0 win in the Europa League against Dundalk on Thursday, Mikel Arteta has stated that his team will go to Old Trafford at the weekend to win the game.
Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, and Nicolas Pepe were all on target for the Gunners in the easy win to give the club a perfect record in the Europa League this season.
The North London outfit will now face a crucial Premier League game against the Red Devils on Sunday with the hope of continuing their winning streak. The Gunners have lost their last two league games against Man City and Leicester City and cannot afford another this weekend.
Mikel Arteta, who spoke after the Europa League game, urged his players to turn their attention to the weekend trip to Old Trafford against an unbeaten Man United team for the last four matches.
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“After losing the way we lost against Leicester, it was painful at home and took us a few days to digest that defeat.
“But you have to react straight away with a win with this type of attitude and let’s get ready
“We go to Old Trafford and we try to win against them” he concluded.
Mikel Arteta hailed his team for the easy win on Thursday night, stating that ir was made easy with discipline and seriousness noting that any opponent can cause damage if they aren’t 100 percent.
However, the North London outfit cannot boast of that record of wins against Man United at the Old Trafford but with the new system and attitude under the Spanish boss, much more can be expected from the game.
The North London outfit will seek to regain their respect from the Red Devils and that makes it a game to look forward to with the Gunners now having the presence of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes in the team.