We have been well and truly spoiled with the quality, drama and general entertainment of the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer. Instead of sitting around twiddling our thumbs since the regular season ended in May, we have had a constant fix of football. We don’t even have time to digest the madness, as the new Premier League season is kicking off in early August. Here are our predictions for outright winners, the team to stay up and the teams to be relegated.
Who will win the Premier League 2018/19?
Despite their lack of signings so far and the departure of Yaya Toure, Manchester City’s squad still possesses quality in abundance. With their dominance in the league last year and, more significantly, Pep Guardiola remaining at the helm, it is difficult to overlook the Citizens as anything but title winners this season. With this selection being odds on, it may be worth making it a multiple by betting on two or more individual events in total to increase the odds.
Manchester City Outright @ 1.61
To Stay Up
One tip to stay up is Brighton. Despite having the oldest average side in the Premier League, the Seagulls managed to stay up last season and we fancy them to do so again this year. Age is not everything and it does not always signify demise in sport. They did not seemed flustered at all by playing on the biggest stage and even managed to beat Man United along the way. Brighton possess so much more than just experience and have already been very active in the transfer window so they should have enough this season again.
Brighton and Hove Albion To Stay Up @ 1.33
To Be Relegated
Every season it could be three of about 12 teams who could go down and there always seems to be a surprise package. This season, however, we have gone for Cardiff, Fulham and Burnley.
They may have snatched one of the signings of the summer (Alex Smithies joined the Welsh side from QPR for an undisclosed fee) but we can’t see Cardiff thriving in the Premier League and avoiding the drop.
Fulham won promotion via the play-offs, and play-off winners are always tipped to go straight back down. Often this proves to be a wrong assumption, and Fulham have managed to keep the in-demand Ryan Sessegnon, but he’s young, the expectation is huge and the Premier League is one big step up from the Championship so we don’t think they’ll have enough.
It may be worth just using a free bet for this one, as it will be seen as a gamble, but Burnley are our last tip to go down. Sean Dyche has lead them to the Europa League this season - prompting one landlord to rename his pub The Royal Dyche. But Leicester City know all too well the distraction that European football can be to a team’s league efforts, and having not made any signings, they must surely build a bigger squad if they are looking to fight on two fronts this season.
Fulham Relegated @ 2.5, Cardiff City Relegated @ 1.8, Burnley Relegated @ 4.5