Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Premier League 2024/25: Manchester City Aiming to Continue Their Dominance

The 2024/25 Premier League season will kick off on Friday, August 16, with Manchester City aiming to claim a fifth successive title.

While the bookmakers rate Pep Guardiola’s side as the favourites to get the job done, several other teams are eager to knock them off their perch.

They include Arsenal and Liverpool, who finished second and third respectively last season and should be in contention this time around.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are expected to slug it out for the last top four spot and European qualification.

At the other end of the table, newly-promoted clubs Leicester City, Southampton and Ipswich Town will be desperate to avoid relegation back to the Championship.

Read on as we preview the season ahead, starting with a look at whether Man City can continue dominating their title rivals.

Man City Will be Tough to Beat

Man City are undoubtedly the team to beat after claiming the Premier League title in six of the past seven seasons.

Arsenal will be desperate to end their lengthy title drought and should be in the mix, but they will likely come up short once again.

It will be intriguing to see how Arne Slot fares as Liverpool’s new manager, particularly given the club’s underwhelming final season under Jurgen Klopp.

However, Slot built up an impressive CV in the Eredivisie and should have the Reds pushing to overhaul Arsenal for the runners-up spot.

The battle to secure the final place top four promises to be one of the more exciting narratives of the 2024/25 season.

Man United, Chelsea, Newcastle, Tottenham and Villa are expected to be battling for the last Champions League qualification spot.

Keep a Close Eye on Brighton

The big guns named above will all be jostling for European qualification if they miss out on the top four, while Brighton & Hove Albion could also be in the mix.

New manager Fabian Hurzeler will be eager to make his mark and guide the Seagulls into contention for a top-seven finish next season.

Online bookmakers have tipped Brighton to claim ninth position, but they are capable of finishing higher if Hurzeler can get the best out of striker Evan Ferguson.

The promising Republic of Ireland international went off the boil last season after a promising debut campaign, but could bounce back under a new manager.

Irish football fans will be following Ferguson’s progress with interest, and may view him as a value bet to win the Golden Boot if he reproduces the form he showed in 2022/23.

Sports bettors on the Emerald Isle will likely back Brighton’s European bid on the top Irish betting apps if Ferguson makes a quick start to the new campaign.

Crystal Palace could also upset the odds by clinching a European place if they build on their terrific start to life under manager Oliver Glasner.

Newly-promoted Trio Could Struggle

The three teams that climbed into the top flight last term – Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town – made an immediate return to the Championship.

The same fate could befall Leicester City, Southampton and Ipswich Town this term, with each of them looking short of the quality needed to survive in the Premier League.

Everton and Nottingham Forest have also been tipped to struggle, but the former could defy expectations if their ownership situation is resolved.

Fulham and Brentford may end up looking nervously over their shoulders if they fail to strengthen their respective squads this summer.

However, it is tough to look past the trio of newly-promoted teams as the most likely candidates to drop into the second tier at the end of the season.

Premier League 2024/25 – Title Odds

The latest Premier League title odds are as follows:

  • Man City – 11/10
  • Arsenal – 15/8
  • Liverpool – 7/1
  • Chelsea – 20/1
  • Manchester United – 25/1
  • Newcastle United – 25/1
  • Tottenham Hotspur – 33/1
  • Aston Villa – 50/1
  • Brighton & Hove Albion – 150/1
  • West Ham United – 250/1
  • Crystal Palace – 300/1
  • Bournemouth 350/1
  • Fulham – 500/1
  • Brentford – 500/1
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers – 500/1
  • Everton – 750/1
  • Nottingham Forest – 1000/1
  • Southampton 1000/1
  • Ipswich Town – 1500/1
  • Leicester City – 1500/1