Soccer Betting: EPL Season Preview 2022-23
Can Anyone Challenge Manchester City and Liverpool?
Manchester City and Liverpool to Battle for EPL Title Again
We’re under two weeks away from the start of the 2022-23 English Premier League season. Last season ended in spectacular fashion, as Manchester City scored a comeback win on the final day to win the title. This season has the potential to be every bit as exciting. We’ll run through the title odds and what to watch for in this EPL season preview.
Manchester City Favorites to Win Third Straight Title
The EPL futures odds price Manchester City at -175 to win the title, a figure virtually unchanged since May. That is interesting, given their ins and outs in the transfer market. City made a splash by signing Norwegian international striker Erling Haaland and English international midfielder Kalvin Phillips. For good measure, they also brought in young Argentinian forward Julian Alvarez.
Meanwhile, three players who helped City win four Premier League titles departed this Summer. Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko are off to Arsenal, while Raheem Sterling left for Chelsea. Of course, City does have the reigning Premier League Player of the Year, Kevin de Bruyne. With two attacking players out the door, though, Haaland, Phil Foden, and Riyad Mahrez have to step up.
The good news is Haaland was a goal-scoring machine when healthy at both RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund. The 22-year-old striker has 20 Champions League goals in just 19 appearances; however, he missed 10 Bundesliga matches last season due to injury, and City’s title chances would be hampered if he were to miss time this season.
Liverpool was a bit unlucky not to win the title last season. With 92 points and just two losses, there simply wasn’t too much more they could do. Jurgen Klopp is running it back with most of the same players, with one notable exception. Sadio Mane, the African Player of the Year, left for Bayern Munich this offseason. His dynamism and creativity will certainly be missed.
Crucially, Mohamed Salah extended his contract and the Reds still have Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz to play on the wings. They also made a big-money signing, Uruguay international striker Darwin Nunez. Nunez lit up the Primeira Liga with Benfica last season and is a physical presence that Liverpool has lacked.
Regardless, Liverpool sits at odds of +200 and are strong title contenders once again. It does appear that the bookmakers are tipping Manchester City to win the third title in as many years, though. The EPL future games between Man City and Liverpool should be the most important ones of the season.
Tottenham Trending in the Right Direction
Tottenham looked done and dusted last November after a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United. Pundits were calling them a mid-table side and manager Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked. Then, former Premier League-winning coach Antonio Conte took over and transformed the group.
Spurs pipped North London rivals Arsenal to a top-four spot and Harry Kane rediscovered his form. Plus, Heung-Min Son still manages to fly under the radar despite winning a share of the 2021-22 Golden Boot. A lot of EPL Season Previews are bullish on Spurs and this season will be a big benchmark for them.
Conte brought in Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, Djed Spence, Fraser Forster, and Clement Lenglet on loan. It seems like a statement of intent from Tottenham and the odds seem to agree. Their odds to win the title have moved from +1600 at the beginning of the Summer to +1400.
London rivals Chelsea aren’t far behind on the betting odds board. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues are showing a +1600 price to win their first league title since 2017. Their manager that season? None other than Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.
Chelsea’s form alarmingly tailed off towards the end of the 2021-22 season. New owner Todd Boehly is splashing the cash as Tuchel tries to shore up some of the vulnerabilities. Center back Kalidou Koulibaly is an experienced veteran who they hope can be as impactful for them as Thiago Silva. To strengthen the attack, they brought in Raheem Sterling. The former Man City man has scored ten or more EPL goals in each of the last five seasons.
Manchester United Usher in New Era
New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has already shaped the team in his own image but one question remains. Will Cristiano Ronaldo play at Old Trafford this season? Ronaldo hasn’t linked up with his teammates in the preseason and he appears to prefer a move to a Champions League club.
Ronaldo was their leading scorer last season and losing him could further lower their +2800 odds to win the title. Rebuilding this squad could be a multi-year project as Man U’s odds have shifted from +2500 to +2800. Ten Hag has brought in defenders Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia as well as Christian Eriksen. They could prove to be solid transfers but United still has some kinks to iron out.
We simply cannot overlook Arsenal’s offseason in this EPL season preview. Mikel Arteta’s young Gunners were on the verge of a top-four berth last season but blew it in the final few matches.
Arteta and Edu have solved some of the team’s most glaring problems. Gabriel Jesus is a reliable and hard-working striker. Meanwhile, Oleksandr Zinchenko can provide cover at left-back and in midfield.
The 2021-22 Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year, William Saliba, is back from his loan away at Marseille. The Gunners might not be done signing players yet and have also brought in former Porto talisman Fabio Vieira. Surprisingly, their EPL title odds haven’t improved too much. They moved from +6600 to +6500.
Newcastle United is the only other team priced at shorter than +10000 to win the Premier League title. They’ve hit doubles and triples in the transfer market but their Saudi owners haven’t invested as much as expected. Matt Targett, Sven Botman, and Nick Pope are all solid signings but the Magpies need a prolific striker.
Don’t discount the manager factor with Newcastle, as Eddie Howe completely turned this group around last season. They were facing relegation in December but managed to win the fourth-most points in the league in 2022. They’re priced at +8000 odds to win a first top-flight title for nearly 100 years.Follow us on Twitter