Premier League ante post 2018/19
29th July 2018:
- Liverpool (w/o Man City) 5/4 Coral
Man City were deserving of the title last year but LIVERPOOL had a fine season in second and were clear second-best of the rest based on expected goals figures.
Alisson has arrived for big money to replace error-prone Karius between the sticks and with Keita and Fabinho arriving for hefty fees, along with the bargain capture of Shaqiri from Stoke, their squad has superb depth to it.
Whether Klopp's side can outpoint Man City, who had the title in the bag from an early stage last season, remains to be seen, but I'd rather take City out of the equation completely and back Liverpool in the w/o Man City market at 5/4.
Man Utd may struggle to match last season's second-placed finish and Mourinho was highly critical of his club's transfer process after they were gubbed 4-1 by Liverpool in their International Champions Cup fixture yesterday.
It is all change at Chelsea now Conte has gone and been replaced by Sarri.
Across London, Arsenal, too, begin life with a new manager (Emery replaces Wenger) so it is difficult to assess the immediate impact those new arrivals may have in influencing the league table.
Spurs will no doubt give it another good go but Harry Kane looked burnt out by the end of the World Cup and typically begins the season slowly anyway. I think he, and Spurs, will recover fine, but I don't think they have that squad depth to rival City and Liverpool over the course of a full season.
Liverpool reached last season's Champions League final and it is likely, with their strong, recent additions, they can challenge strongly on both domestic and European fronts again.