Bookmakers have opened up betting on the 2020/21 Premier League season and, despite Liverpool being dominant in the current campaign, it is Manchester City who are the early favourites.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been in the shadow of Liverpool all season, however, expect things to be much different in the 2020/21 campaign where they should be backed to come out on top.
City are evens in the football betting for the title next season. Since they returned to action following Project Restart, they have been in tremendous form, particularly going forward.
Guardiola knows exactly where he needs to improve this summer when the transfer window opens. City are desperate for a top-class centre-half and that is likely to be where the majority of City’s budget is set to spent on.
City have had a number of injuries in that department this season, particularly to their best defender Aymeric Laporte. However, Guardiola will acknowledge it is their weakest area.
Liverpool went out and spent £75 million on Virgil van Dijk in 2018 to strengthen their defence. And they are reaping the rewards as the Dutchman has been immense over the last couple of years.
City fans should be very excited about some of the young talent which Guardiola has been able to blood into the team at the back end of this season.
Phil Foden, in particular, has been able to benefit from an extended run in the team. The Englishman is developing fast and could be one of the stars of this team next season.
The Manchester club are also able to boast arguably the best player in the Premier League at the moment in Kevin Du Bruyne. The Belgian has taken his game to another level in 2020. If he stays fit over the next 12 months, it will be bad news for City’s rivals.
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Title Defence Going to Be Much Tougher for Liverpool
Since 2009, only one team have been able to defend their Premier League title and that was Manchester City in 2019. That stat alone shows how difficult it is to win the trophy in back-to-back years.
Liverpool, as the champions, are going to face that challenge next season. They are 7/4 with the bookmakers to retain the title. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been so dominant since August.
They had the league as good as wrapped up in January and have been able to cruise since then.
The challenge to their crown is going to be much stronger next season. Not just from Manchester City, who defeated Liverpool 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month, Manchester United and Chelsea are likely to offer a bigger threat.
Interest is going to be high this summer from a number of major clubs abroad for the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. It will be interesting if one of those players shows an interest in a new challenge if the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid come knocking on the door.
It would be wrong to dismiss Klopps’s side completely next season. They have consistently been one of the best teams in Europe over the last few years. The 2020/21 campaign will be their biggest test to date though. So they may just have to settle for second place behind Manchester City at the end of it.