The 2019-20 season of the English Premier League will be the 28th season of England’s top-flight professional league. It will begin on August 9, 2019, and will end on May 17, 2020. It will be the first time since the league’s inception in 1992 that the EPL will have a mid-season break in February 2020. The break will see five of a normal round of 10 games will be played on a weekend and the remaining five on the next weekend. For the 2019-20 season, the Premier League will also be using VAR for the first time.
A total of 49 clubs have competed in the history of the Premier League. Six of them have won the title with Manchester United leading the way with a total of 13 titles. Chelsea is a far second with 5 titles, Manchester City has 4 and Arsenal three. Blackburn and Leicester City complete the winner’s list with one apiece.
A total of 20 teams will compete this coming season with 17 of those being the Top 17 finishers of last season. The remaining three teams are promoted from the 2018-19 EFL Championship. These three teams are Norwich City, Sheffield United, and Aston Villa. Norwich City and Aston Villa are making a return to the Premier League after a three-year absence. Meanwhile, Sheffield United will be playing in the top flight for the first time after a dozen years of absence. The three teams that were relegated were Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town. Cardiff City’s relegation means that the 2019-20 EPL will be the first season since 2011 without a team from Wales.
Last season, Manchester City won their second straight title despite Liverpool chasing them from start to finish. City won their final 14 games and clinched the title on the final match day. They finished with 98 points, three fewer than the record 100 they set the year before. On the other hand, Liverpool finished with 97 points, one short of the winners, the highest point total ever by a runner-up. This year, Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to battle for the top spot again according to the latest soccer betting odds.
Here are the odds to win the 2019-20 Premier League. Odds were taken from Bookmaker.eu as of 7/5/19:
Who Are The Favorites?
The championship of the 2019 EFL season went down to Manchester City and Liverpool and was decided on the final playing date of the season. Manchester City’s win was their second consecutive EFL title and they are the current soccer betting favorites to win three in a row next season.
Manchester City is the most successful side in the EPL with a total of 13 Premier League title and they have won three out of the last six EPL titles. Last season, Liverpool pushed Manchester City as far as they could. But for Man City to win 14 straight games despite Liverpool breathing heavily behind their backs was really exceptional.
Liverpool had an excellent Premier League season the last time out. The lost just one game and conceded the fewest goals at 22. They also had two Golden Boot winners and a Golden Glove winner. 97 points in any other season would have been enough to win the EPL. But not last season. Like the Real Madrid squad from 2009-10 who had 96 total points, they were beaten by Pep.
Tottenham is third in the odds board and remains to be seen if they will challenge the top two teams in the Premier League. The Spurs have been busy in the summer, signing Jack Clarke from Leeds United and Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyon. Clarke though will still spend next season with Leeds on a loan.
Chelsea lost superstar Eden Hazard to Real Madrid over the summer and with the FIFA transfer ban still hanging over their heads, there is little room to make additions. That said, this could be a tough season for Chelsea and it would be difficult to see them giving Manchester City a run for their title.
Much really depends on which team manager gets the most out of his summer and has the most production at the transfer window. Regardless, I don’t see the rest of the teams catching up with either City or Liverpool and I expect the 2019-20 season to be much like the one we saw the last time out. It’s gotta be Manchester City and Liverpool all over again. As to which of the two wins, I think that if Liverpool addresses their midfield well this summer, that is going to move the pendulum to their side. It’s too early but I expect Klopp to do him and fill the holes in his squad. Prediction: Liverpool