City favourites to retain title

  • Last Updated: May 11 2014, 17:52 BST

Manchester City are 21/10 favourites to retain the Barclays Premier League title in 2014/15.

Samir Nasri celebrates City's opening goal against West Ham
Samir Nasri celebrates City's opening goal against West Ham

Boylesports are top price about City at 21/10 at the time of writing to make it back-to-back successes when the new campaign kicks off on August 16 and they are generally available at 7/4.

City, who clinched their second title in three seasons by beating West Ham 2-0 on Sunday, head the market from Chelsea at 12/5 and bet365 believe that their domination could continue.

The Stoke firm are betting on how many consecutive titles they win with three or more quoted at 11/2 and they are the same price about winning two major trophies in 2014/15 and 100/1 to land an unprecedented quadruple.

This season's runners-up Liverpool are 11/2 shots with bet365, who

make them 6/4 to win a major trophy next season, with dethroned champions Manchester United, whose miserable campaign saw them finish in a lowly seventh place (their worst finish since 1989/90), only half a point longer.

Arsenal, who led the league for longer than any other team in 2013/14, are 12/1 fifth favourites and it's 50/1 bar, highlighting the gulf in class in the top flight.

Sky Bet football trader Paul Lowery said: "City still have massive spending power for next season despite their Fair Play mishap. They will have the same manager too giving the market a bit more confidence.

"The view with Liverpool is a common one - they will have many more matches with the Champions League next season and squad size is a worry. They used fewer players than any of the other top-four this season and were fortunate with injuries in key positions.

"In contrast, Manchester United are almost in the same position Liverpool were this year now with no European football to contemplate."

Lowery can see Chelsea shortening if, as his firm expects, they sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in the summer transfer window.

"The missing link at Stamford Bridge is a striker," he added. "We've seen good money for Costa to move to Chelsea and have suspended betting on his future."

Coral are another firm that are keen to keep Chelsea onside with their John Hill commenting: "City are favourites to retain their title, but only just, the bookies expect Chelsea to improve over the summer and they are their nearest rivals in the outright market."

Sky Bet already have a 'top-four finish' market and make City, Chelsea, Liverpool and United all odds-on. They have Arsenal out at 5/4 despite the fact the Gunners have now finished in the top four for 18 seasons in succession.

Taking a bigger margin - and sitting on the fence somewhat, William Hill have all five odds-on.

The relegation market is still at a formative stage with the Sky Bet Championship play-offs ongoing.

However, of the firms that have priced up the 'drop zone', newly-promoted Burnley head the way at 4/7 from Championship champions Leicester at 2/1 and Crystal Palace at 9/4.

Sky Bet's trio for the drop is currently Burnley (4/7), West Brom (15/8) and whichever side comes up through the play-offs, who they say will be priced up somewhere between the Clarets and Baggies.

  • Posted at 1745 BST on 11/05/2014.