After three games of the current English Premier League season, there were 19 teams with three or more points for the first time since the 1981-82 season of the old EFL First Division.
Only Watford are without a win and have continued their dismal form from the end of the last season when a number of losses were blamed on the run to the FA Cup Final. What we are seeing is one of the most unpredictable Premier League seasons ever with Newcastle defeating last season’s Champions League Finalists, Spurs and Crystal Palace defeating Manchester United.
Usually all the free bets for the new season are easy to judge and one of the easy betting options is that Liverpool and Manchester City will remain at the top of the table in the coming season. Despite the continued success of both clubs, Liverpool and Man City both are struggling to defend as effectively as they did in previous years especially with the European Champions Liverpool aside from Virgil Van Dijk.
The odds on any Liverpool or Manchester City loss are barely worth considering but the City draw with Tottenham shows the latest season will not be as predictable as that of last year. Liverpool has 5/2 odds (bet365) of winning the 2019/20 EPL title whereas Man City has 2/5 odds by Ladbrokes and 4/9 by WilliamHill to win the title.
The question we all want answering is why is this season so unpredictable at a time when the biggest teams are looking to bring in the top players from around the world. One answer is the changing of the guard seen at many of England’s top clubs with traditional top six members Arsenal and Manchester United in the midst of an ongoing rebuilding process. Both Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggling to attract the biggest names without the attraction of Champions League football.
Other teams also seem to be coming to the natural end of their lifecycle, particularly Tottenham who appear to be struggling to keep hold of their best players and inspirational coach, Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine coach has an unhappy star in the form of Christian Eriksen who recently stated he wished he could control his own future as he can on the Football Manager game. Pochettino continues to drag his team to amazing results such as the draw with Manchester City but could struggle to reach the top four unless the team comes together in a similar way to how it did last season.
The top two in the English Premier League appear to be set but there are bets to be found on the league usually seen as the most difficult to win in the world. A change could be coming in the top four with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham not convincing in their battle to remain in a Champion’s League position.
Although it is early days in the league season, odds are falling on Leicester City and Everton returning to European football in the coming seasons. The inspirational Brendan Rogers has pushed on with a young Leicester team and Marco Silva continues to build a team capable of defeating anybody on its day in the coming season.