Premier League football is right around the corner and optimism is high ahead of what promises to be another enthralling edition of England’s top-flight.
Pre-season is often an exciting period, with each club on an even standing and fans daring to dream of what might be to come. Ahead of the 2023/24 campaign we’ve delved into the bookmakers’ views on the upcoming campaign, with a run through the favourites for the season’s major events.
Can anyone stop Manchester City from claiming another title? Will Erling Haaland’s crusade towards every goal record in sight be stopped? Could Luton Town survive?
Premier League Betting Preview 2023/24.
Premier League Winner
- Manchester City – 4/5
- Arsenal – 9/2
- Liverpool – 8/1
- Manchester United – 11/1
- Chelsea – 14/1
Manchester City are chasing yet more history this season as Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side look to reclaim the Premier League title. In recent seasons City have won five of the past six titles, becoming English football’s first 100-point side, first domestic treble winners, and matching Manchester United’s Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble achievement in the process.
The treble-chasing Citizens will start as clear favourites to be crowned champions, but were pushed hard last season by an emerging Arsenal who have strengthened with the signings of Jurrien Timber, Kai Havertz, and £105m club-record arrival Declan Rice.
Liverpool will hope to return to the top end of the table with a new-look midfield, while improvement will also be expected from Manchester United and Chelsea, the latter of who will head in a new direction under Mauricio Pochettino.
Premier League Top Goalscorer
- Erling Haaland – Manchester City (4/6)
- Mohamed Salah – Liverpool (10/1)
- Harry Kane – Tottenham (14/1)
- Darwin Nunez – Liverpool (20/1)
- Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal (25/1)
- Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (25/1)
No prizes for guessing the odds-on favourite, here. Erling Haaland blasted his way to the Premier League goal record during a brilliant debut season at Manchester City last term, scoring 36 league goals to fire the club to the title.
Having averaged better than a goal-per-game, the Norwegian is short odds to claim back-to-back Golden Boot accolades. Three-time Golden Boot winners Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane are expected to be Haaland’s closest challengers, while Christopher Nkunku (33/1) will hope to follow Haaland’s example in replicating prolific Bundesliga form in English football.
The Frenchman – who was the joint-leading scorer in Germany last season – has signed for Chelsea in a £52m deal from RB Leipzig and has looked lively in pre-season.
Top Four Finish
- Manchester City – 1/33
- Arsenal – 4/9
- Liverpool – 4/9
- Manchester United – 4/6
- Chelsea – 6/4
- Newcastle – 6/4
- Tottenham – 4/1
- Brighton – 6/1
- Aston Villa – 8/1
Last season’s race for European football proved fascinating as Newcastle secured Champions League football for the first time since 2002/03, Brighton reached continental competition for the first time ever, and Aston Villa came from nowhere to secure a Conference League spot.
Meanwhile, two of the traditional ‘Big Six’ in Chelsea and Tottenham missed out on Europe entirely. It looks set to be another open race for the European places once again.
To Be Relegated
- Luton Town – 4/11
- Sheffield United – 8/11
- Bournemouth – 5/2
- Burnley – 11/4
- Nottingham Forest – 11/4
- Everton – 2/1
Luton Town are a top-flight team for the first time in the Premier League era after The Hatters completed a remarkable recent rise with promotion. Luton are the first team to have risen from non-league to the Premier League, rising through the divisions in just a decade after financial difficulties threatened the club’s existence and led to a five-year spell outside the Football League.
Operating on a fraction of the budgets elsewhere in the division, it will be some achievement if Rob Edwards can lead the side to safety. Sheffield United’s tight finances mean the promoted Blades also face a difficult task to survive, though hopes are higher for Burnley who have excelled under Vincent Kompany.
Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth will be aiming to consolidate in the top tier, while Everton have walked a narrow tightrope in recent seasons. The Toffees have not been relegated since 1951, but have been precariously close across the last two campaigns.
- Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City (2/1)
- Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool (7/1)
- Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United (9/1)
- Mohamed Salah – Liverpool (12/1)
- Bukayo Saka – Arsenal (14/1)
- Jack Grealish – Manchester City (14/1)
Kevin De Bruyne ended a Premier League season as the leading assist provider for a fourth time last season, creating 16 goals for Manchester City.
The brilliant Belgian is favourite to top the charts once again, but could face competition from Trent Alexander-Arnold – reborn in a midfield role during the run-in – and Bruno Fernandes, who led the league for xA last season but was let down by the lack of a reliable striker at Manchester United. Rasmus Hojland’s impending arrival could change that.
- Ederson – Manchester City (5/4)
- Alisson – Liverpool (7/2)
- Andre Onana – Manchester United (7/1)
- Aaron Ramsdale – Arsenal (10/1)
- Nick Pope – Newcastle (14/1)
Ederson is favourite to win the Premier League’s Golden Glove as the Manchester City number one chases a record-equalling fourth accolade.
Alisson will hope Liverpool’s leaky defence is fixed this season as he looks to challenge his compatriot, while Andre Onana has replaced David de Gea – winner of the award last season – at Manchester United. The Cameroon international led the Champions League for clean sheets last season as Inter Milan reached the final.
PFA Player of the Year
- Erling Haaland – Manchester City (5/2)
- Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City (15/2)
- Harry Kane – Tottenham (12/1)
- Bukayo Saka – Arsenal (14/1)
- Martin Odegaard – Arsenal (18/1)
- Mohamed Salah – Liverpool (18/1)
Erling Haaland is the favourite to retain the PFA Player of the Year award he scooped last season, as the Manchester City goal machine looks to become the fourth player – after Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and De Bruyne to win the award in consecutive seasons.
Haaland claimed more than 80% of the vote last season to beat Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard to the award, a record percentage among winners of the prestigious accolade.