Soccer: England Premier League Odds
English Premiership future odds began the 2013-2014 year with Man U atop the list and with Liverpool nowhere to be seen.
But with the season nearing its conclusion, it's Manchester City and Liverpool with the only legitimate odds to win the league title.
Chelsea has slipped in recent weeks and now sit as 13/2 bets and Arsenal, league leaders much of the year, are now 100/1 longshots, according to Bovada.
The sportsbook also offered a few EPL championship props this week, setting odds on whether Arsenal or Everton will make the Top 4 and qualify for Champions League play next season.
Manchester City 4/5
Will Arsenal finish in the Top 4?
Will Tottenham Hotspur finish in the Top 4?
Will Everton finish in the Top 4?
Manchester United won the England Premier League last season but they are locked in a fierce three-way battle atop the EPL future odds list as the season kicks off Saturday.
Even with a new manager on the sidelines and the Wayne Rooney situation up in the air, Man U is a +250 bet repeat as champs. Rivals Man City (+220) and Chelsea (+225) are clumped at the top, according to Bet365, with no other team really close on the betting futures list.
David Moyes takes over for Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and he inherits a solid squad. While Wayne Rooney has stated he believes he will be dealt to Chelsea, that has not taken place yet. Man U rarely sends solid players to rivals, so the 27-year old striker may be headed out of England if he is sold.
Man U still has Robin Van Persie, who led the EPL in goals last season, and while the club has been trying to land Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, that is unlikely to happen. Even if Rooney leaves, Manchester United still boasts a stacked squad that led the EPL, by far, in goals last season.
Manuel Pellegrini takes over at manager at Manchester City and he was given many new weapons in the off-season with the club breaking the bank to bring in Jesus Navas, Steven Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, and Fernandinho. G Joe Hart led a City defense that gave up the fewest goals in the EPL last season and with the new additions the club should have much more offensive firepower.
Chelsea’s biggest move in the off-season was to bring back manager Jose Mourinho to roam the sidelines. The club did bring in the solid players of André Schürrle, Romalu Lukakuand, and Andre Schurrle, but the mainstays of the Blues of Frank Lampard and G Petr Cech are still the key players at Stamford Bridge.
Fernando Torres will be counted on for more offense this EPL season.
It does not look as if Arsenal will land the player they wanted in Luis Suarez, but they did bring in Paulinho and Nacer Chadli. The Gunners had three players score at least 10 goals last season led by Theo Walcott. Arsenal had a solid squad that finished fourth in the EPL last season after a terrible start.
After Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal, odds-makers have all the other EPL as major long shots to win the league title.
Liverpool had a busy off-season with the additions of Lago Aspas, Kolo Touré, Luis Alberto and GK Simon Mignolet, but Luis Suárez, who had 23 goals last season, is likely on the move. The Reds have high hopes this season, but they have to play well against the elite clubs, which they did not do last season.
Will Gareth Bale leave Tottenham? That is the big question for the Spurs, as the EPL season approaches. However, the club did bring in ex-Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.
Everton finished sixth in the EPL table last season and, while they have the talent to finish in the top eight again, they can’t compete with the bigger clubs. While Everton is one of the toughest places for road teams to play, the club was miserable on the road with just four wins in 19 away matches last season.
England Premier League Futures Odds courtesy of Bet365 as of August 2013:
Manchester City +220
Manchester Utd +250
West Bromwich +150000
Aston Villa +200000
West Ham +200000
Crystal Palace +1000000