The start of a new season always brings hope and expectations, with Premier League football set to return with the start of the 2021/22 season on August 13.
Manchester City will be looking to continue their recent dominance of the division and win a fourth title in just five campaigns, whilst Liverpool will be looking to return stronger this time around following a difficult title defence last term.
Elsewhere, last season’s runners-up Manchester United have issued a statement of intent with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and Chelsea head into the new campaign as European champions following a remarkable turnaround after Thomas Tuchel’s mid-season appointment.
So for those of you interested in the latest bookies odds so you can bet with 22Bet, we’ve decided to look at the five favourites to win the 2021/22 Premier League title.
Tottenham – 40/1
Tottenham are the fifth favourites to win the Premier League this season, though have been priced at distant odds of 40/1 following a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.
The north London side slumped to a seventh-place finish in a season that saw Jose Mourinho sacked, with Nuno Espirito Santo having been named as his compatriot’s successor following a protracted managerial chase.
Spurs’ summer recruitment has been solid if unspectacular with the additions of Pierluigi Gollini and Bryan Gil, though the north London side are believed to be closing in on the big-money signing of Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero.
However, Harry Kane’s future remains the big elephant in the room with the forward attempting to force through a transfer to Manchester City and his exit would be a catastrophic blow to Spurs’ hopes of challenging.
Few expect a title challenge from a Spurs squad lacking depth and currently in the midst of transition, their odds reflective of the ground the club have lost on England’s elite of late.
Manchester United – 8/1
Manchester United have signalled their intent for the new season with the statement signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the latter close to completing a move from Real Madrid.
The arrivals of the marquee duo solve two problematic positions in the Red Devils’ side, with Sancho expected to line-up on the right side of a front three and Varane – a four-time Champions League winner – viewed as the ideal centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) July 24, 2021
After eight seasons without a league title, tentative hopes have been raised over a genuine challenge following the club’s impressive recruitment so far, though interest remains in the signing of a new central midfielder and right-back before the transfer window closes.
United’s current side lacks a genuine top-class operator in the holding role, whilst Kieran Trippier has been mentioned as a potential target as the club look to provide greater attacking impetus from full-back.
There remains a significant gap to bridge if the Red Devils are to be crowned champions, but the club will hope their investment has moved them closer to a sustained challenge.
Liverpool – 5/1
Liverpool head into the 2021/22 season amid a raft of questions, their record-breaking title success of 2019/20 followed by a disappointing defence of the Premier League last term.
Injuries to key personnel undoubtedly hindered their chances of competing with Manchester City, but did their absences cover up flaws in a side whose central figures are nearing or over 30?
The returns of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip from injury, alongside the £36m summer signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, will provide the Reds with the centre-back strength the club lacked last season, though the former duo will not be rushed following lengthy lay-offs.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 1, 2021
Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure to PSG leaves a void in midfield, whilst there is a sense that further forward line depth is required for Liverpool to challenge for the title once again.
The inability to sell fringe players such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi has prevented further incomings at Anfield so far, potentially detrimental to the Reds’ title hopes with a mid-season Africa Cup of Nations set to see key figures Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane absent.
Chelsea – 5/1
Chelsea are ranked alongside Liverpool as 5/1 second favourites for the 2021/22 Premier League title, the west London side having enjoyed a renaissance over the second half of last season following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel’s transformation of the side saw Chelsea boast a brilliant defensive record, his impact leading to a shock run to Champions League success after beating Manchester City to be crowned European champions.
The task for Tuchel will be extending the club’s form over an entire league season, though Chelsea possesses the strength in depth to embark on a sustained challenge.
Frustrations remain over the Blues’ inability to strengthen during the summer transfer window so far, but talks remain ongoing over a deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, alongside a well-documented pursuit of centre-forward additions.
The signing of an elite forward could prove the difference between Chelsea competing or falling short, with Tammy Abraham expected to follow Olivier Giroud out of the Stamford Bridge exit door and Timo Werner having endured an indifferent debut season.
Manchester City – 4/6
Manchester City rightly start the new season as title favourites and are odds-on with the bookmakers to win a second successive Premier League crown.
City have been England’s dominant force over the past decade and have won three of the past four championships, in addition to four consecutive League Cup triumphs and the 2019 FA Cup.
Pep Guardiola has done a largely admirable job of keeping his deep squad content at the Etihad, their options vast across the pitch and potentially reaching new levels as the club continue pursuits of Jack Grealish and Harry Kane.
Putting in that work 💪
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 2, 2021
The signing of the latter in particular could make City almost impossible to catch last season, the reigning Premier League Golden Boot winner agitating for a move to the division’s best side.
City have shown they are capable of competing on multiple fronts without detracting from their league form and will are gearing up for another assault on the game’s biggest trophies in 2021/22.