It seems like the dust has only just settled on the end of the EPL and Champions League seasons, but already we are booting up again for the start of a new English Premier League season!
The 2019/20 season kicks off on Saturday, the 10th of August and Before You Bet will once again be giving you weekly betting tips for the key matchups of the round!
Today, however, we will be taking a look at the upcoming season and giving some of our best future tips including the title winner and ladder position and relegation props.
After a thrilling finish to the season, Manchester City won their second straight EPL title, finishing just one point above Liverpool to top the table. They broke the record for the most points in a single season in 2017-18 with a ridiculous 100 and came close to that mark again last season, racking up 98 points.
The Citizens can join Manchester United as the only Premier League club to win three straight titles this season if they finish atop the table. They will run back a very similar team to the one that was so dominant last year, with a few exceptions. Vincent Kompany will say goodbye to the club after 11 years at the club while midfielder Fabian Delph also departs.
The club has picked up just two players in the off-season, both young Spaniards. Angelino returns to the club after four years on loan to various teams and one year as a full time player at PSV Eindhoven while 23-year-old and Spanish national team player, Rodri, joins the team from Athletico Madrid and adds valuable depth in the midfield.
Liverpool had arguably the most dominant season in EPL history to not result in a title last year. They fell agonisingly short of picking up their first EPL title since the 1989-90 season, finishing just one point behind the eventual winners in Manchester City.
They did earn themselves a fantastic consolation prize, however, by winning the UEFA Champions League Final over Tottenham. The Champions League win marked their second since the turn of the century, and the Reds will be hoping for more this season.
They’ll be backing themselves to get the job done with the same core of players this season. They have added just two players in Sepp van der Berg from PEC Zwolle and Harvey Elliot from Fulham.
The Spurs finished fourth on the EPL table last season to secure a berth in the Champions League this year. They will be bitterly heartbroken by the loss in the UCL Final but should be stronger this year with the experience gained from the big game.
Defender Kieran Trippier departs for Atletico Madrid but apart from that, the Spurs will go into the new season with a very similar looking team. 22-year-old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is an exciting prospect and should add a touch of class in the centre for the Spurs.
The Blues had a 21-9-8 record last season to finish in third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool. While they will be happy to be back in the Champions League this season, they are still a long way behind the pace of Manchester City and Liverpool, proven by the fact that they finished a ridiculous 25 points behind second place last season.
It will get even harder for Chelsea this season after losing their best player, Eden Hazard, who made what was a long awaited departure to Real Madrid. The Blues also lost striker Alvaro Morata to Atletico but will add Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid after an impressive World Cup last year.
While you can never rule the Red Devils out, they seemed a fair stretch behind the pace last season and haven’t really made any big moves to improve this year. They have lost Ander Herrara to PSG and picked up a pair of Premier League players in Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
After a disappointing exit in the Champions League last season and a sixth place finish in the EPL, Manchester United will be back in the Europa League this yeah after winning the trophy in 2017-18.
After two of the most dominant seasons in EPL history, there’s no wonder Manchester City start as almost un-backable $1.45 favourites to become just the second team to win three straight titles. While they will definitely be tough to beat, we are going to look elsewhere for value this season, in the form of the Reds.
Liverpool should be buoyed in confidence after their tremendous win in the Champions League but their main goal since the heartbreak of the ‘Steven Gerrard fumble season’ has been getting back on top in the EPL.
They haven’t done so since the 1989/90 season and have come close so many times since. We think this season could finally be the year with natural progression of their young and star-studded list combined with a bit of a decline from Manchester City.
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