England Premier League predictions and odds

The Premier League needs no introduction. This is one of the biggest and most important national leagues on the planet, after all. Brits are some of the most passionate punters around, too. Throw in the global appeal of England’s top football, and this is likely the most important competition in the world of football betting.

To that end, we’re prepared to greet the 2020/21 season with the latest Premier League betting predictions and tips. No matter how good our tips are, though, the true joy of betting is being able to make your wagers. On this page, we’ll outline the ins and outs of the English Premier League and how to bet on Premier League matches in 2020/21.

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Premier League History and General Info

The best place to start understanding a certain league is its history and format. Many of you may already be familiar with these basics, so feel free to skip ahead. However, it contains some important information for newcomers, such as how the table works and which teams are the most successful in the league’s history.

In terms of its origins, no league can claim the same prestige as the Premier League. Though the competition as we know it today was established in 1990, its roots stretch back to 1888. Football in England is a bit older than that, of course, but this was when the English Football League was first created. By allowing professionalism in their clubs, the English created the first association football league in the world. This would go on to change the game forever, and most association leagues on the planet are at least vaguely modelled on the English one.

Until that point, competitions were strictly amateur and clubs were prohibited from paying their players. Furthermore, fixtures would often be organized between the teams themselves. William McGregor, the director of Aston Villa at the time, finally managed to organize it all into something resembling today’s professional leagues.

The entire league initially had just 12 clubs. As time progressed, though, more teams joined and multiple divisions were created. The English Football League continued existing for decades after that, and the country was never far from the pinnacle of the world’s football.

That brings us to the ‘80s. Despite several successes in the international theatre, the late ‘80s will be remembered as an all-time low for English football. The game was still as popular as ever, but the teams weren’t seeing much of that. Stadiums were in disrepair, hooliganism was bigger than ever, and important players were moving out of the country to greener pastures. The game was becoming increasingly commercialised, and English teams couldn’t keep up with the demands of being a business venture.

The biggest clubs banded together to make a change. Teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal threatened to leave the English football league unless the television companies offered them better terms. This was more than successful for a time, but the clubs wanted more financial independence.

By 1991, the wheels for an FA-backed break-away from the English Football League were in motion. The idea was that if only top-flight clubs shared the profits (specifically the TV profits), the league would be more financially viable in the long term.

In 1992, all First Division clubs resigned from the pre-existing league and formed the Premier League. The competition’s format would remain the same, complete with promotion and relegation, but the top-flight would be a separate limited company. On a separate note, the English Football League Championship – which was the top-flight of English football until 1993 – became the second-tier league in the country.

The plan turned out rather fruitful, as you might be able to tell. The re-structuring paved the way for the Premier League to become the giant it is today – both in terms of financial strength and the size and importance of its member clubs. Throughout its history, the Premier League was

dominated by several clubs. Initially, these were Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, but the list was later expanded to include Tottenham and Manchester City. Strangely enough, this makes the Premier League somewhat less predictable than a lot of the other top-tier European national leagues. Most of them are dominated by one or two clubs at a time – England has six!


Unsurprisingly, the Premier League follows the standardized format – in fact, it’s likely responsible for popularising the template. To avoid confusion, though, we’ll go over it.

The Premier League consists of 20 clubs. A season typically lasts from August to May the following year, with each team playing each other team twice. This adds up to a total of 38 games – 19 home games and 19 away matches. A win nets a team 3 points, while a draw earns them 1. The teams are then ranked based on how many points they’ve earned. In the event of a tie, they’re ranked by goal difference and then goals scored. If two teams are still equal, they occupy the same position, and a play-off match is played if the title, qualification, or relegation slots are at stake.

The three bottom-placed teams are relegated to the EFL Championship. They are replaced by the two best-placed teams from the Championships and the winner of a series of play-offs involving the third, fourth, fifth and sixth-placed clubs.

Now, according to UEFA’s system of national league coefficients, the Premier League is the second-ranked national league in Europe. This means that the 4 top-placed teams in a season qualify for the Champions League group stage. The fifth-placed team goes on to the Europa League along with the winners of the FA Cup.

Premier League Title Challengers 2021

Now we’ll get into the bread-and-butter of betting – who will win the Premier League? To get an idea of what the bookies are thinking, we’ll turn to Premier League Outright betting odds. The coming season will be a highly contested one, and the odds reflect this.

Manchester City are the hard favourites this season considering they won the 2020/21 season with a considerable point lead. Betting odds for an outright victory hover in the 1.60 to 1.80 range, which is far ahead of the other title challengers. Liverpool and Chelsea are next in the pecking order, and most bookies online see them as more or less equally matched. The price for both sits around 6.00, though some bookmakers see Liverpool as slightly stronger.

Manchester United are further down at around 9.00. The Spurs rank as 5th – though their Premier League outright betting odds are well above 40.00.

Manchester City

The 2019/20 season was the only season since 2017 that the Citizens didn’t win, which obviously marks them as the hard favourites. This also justifies the incredibly short betting odds and it’s hard to argue against them. They lost the 2020/21 Champions League finals to Chelsea, which is perhaps the only dent in an otherwise outstanding year for the Citizens. However, when it comes to the consistency required in a national league setting, this squad reigns supreme in England.

Stating that Pep Guardiola’s squad are currently the best in the Premier League is not exactly a bold claim, as most fans will agree. Their current lineup picked up most of the previous season’s player awards, such as Rúben Dias being named Player of the Season. He’s only expected to get better, too, along with standout squadmates such as Phil Foden and Ferran Torres. There’s also little need to keep praising Kevin De Bruyne, who picked up a PFA Player of the Year award.

As far as transfers are concerned, the most impactful lineup changes include the departures of defender Eric García and the legendary Sergio Agüero to Barcelona. Follow our Manchester City Predictions

Liverpool F.C.

As the only team to successfully wrestle away a title from Manchester City over the past four seasons, the Reds are their biggest rivals in the coming 2021/22 season. That said, they’re coming on the back of a rocky season, plagued by unfortunate injuries that reveal a lacking lineup in terms of depth. They did secure a third finish, though, along with a decent run to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Most predictions are expecting a return to form in the upcoming season, though whether they’ll be able to seriously challenge the champions is questionable. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are back to their full fitness, though, so we can expect to see a stellar defence. Liverpool’s wings remain as lethal as ever, spearheaded by Mohamed Salah – one of the most prolific goalscorers of the 2020/21 Champions League – and Sadio Mané and Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andrew Robertson in the back.

The arrival of Ibrahima Konaté from Leipzig is one of the most talked-about Premier League transfers of the year and is sure to further shore up Klopp’s backline. Harvey Elliott is another notable fresh face, and one of the most prominent rising stars of English football.

On the other hand, the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum is sure to hurt Liverpool’s already shaky midfield. Centre-back Ozan Kabak also left the lineup, as well as winger Harry Wilson and forward Taiwo Awoniyi. Follow our Liverpool Predictions

Chelsea F.C.

The way the Blues clawed their way to a Top 4 finish in the closing weeks of the previous season was quite memorable. Not nearly as memorable, however, as the dazzling Champions League title that came soon after. The fans’ expectations of Thomas Tuchel are now soaringly high, and we’ve seen that he’s more than capable of whipping this team back into true title contender shape. That said, they’ve barely managed to climb up to 4th in the past two seasons, and their last title is from 2016/17.

Reliably securing goals seemed to be one of their biggest issues last year, though it’s safe to say there are some quality players on the attacking side of the formation. Timo Werner may not have recorded the results some expected of him, but Mason Mount and Kai Havertz are undoubtedly some of the most respected attacking midfielders of the league. The midfield is the highlight of the Chelsea 2021/22 lineup in the defence as well, with N'Golo Kanté as one of the more prominent names.

Fikayo Tomori is the biggest departure so far in financial terms, as he left for AC Milan for a fee of almost €30 million, though he was on loan last year too. The Blues are eyeing Norwegian forward Erling Haaland as a possible backup to the attacking lineup, but there has been no official confirmation yet. The fans will also miss Olivier Giroud who moved to Milan on a free transfer. Follow our Chelsea Predictions

Manchester United

Most would agree that the current Man United form is a far cry from the title-winning machine they were barely a decade ago. However, they beat out hardy competitors last season and secured a runners-up position. It seems that the Red Devils are gearing up for a strong push this season as well. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is directly addressing some of the lineup’s shortcomings, and he’s made more ambitious transfers than any of the other Top 4 teams.

Speaking of the lineup, some of the most notable squad members that will be getting all the attention include attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes and team captain Harry Maguire. It seems winger Marcus Rashford will have to sit out the first half of the season due to a shoulder injury, though.

The spotlight falls on new arrivals as well. Borussia Dortmund’s star right-winger Jadon Sancho joined this side in a jaw-dropping €85 million deal. The lack of a solid right-wing was one of the most glaring issues for the Red Devils last season, so most supporters are optimistic about this transfer. Real Madrid defender and World Cup champion Raphaël Varane has also bolstered the Man United ranks recently, which will go a long way in improving the defensive line. Follow our Man Utd Predictions

Premier League Relegation Favourites 2021

Let’s look over the Premier League outright betting odds for the To Be Relegated market as well.

Norwich City

Despite repeated praise to Daniel Farke’s leadership, Norwich’s most recent stint in the Premier League was as short as it was dreadful. Most betting predictions see the Canaries as a “yo-yo club”, so any Premier League ambitions should be tempered. Moreover, it doesn’t look like they’ll be splurging too much on getting their lineup up to snuff. Right-winger Emiliano Buendía was one of their stronger players and he left for Aston Villa, and it’s questionable whether Milot Rashica is a solid enough replacement. A Norwich relegation is priced at 2.00, which is quite telling.

Watford FC

Watford quickly managed to climb back up to the Premiership after just one season in the Championship, but they did end up 2nd last season. Moreover, they’re still the ‘natural’ favourites for relegation as a newly-promoted team. The bookies agree and price their relegation at a fairly short 2.00. They’ve made a stronger attempt at improving the lineup than the Yellows, though, with notable arrivals such as Imrân Louza and Joshua King.

Brentford FC

The rise of Brentford from a 4th-fight side to their first ever Premier League season is impressive, there’s no doubt about it. However, it’s hard to see them sticking around for another year. Any team coming into the top flight for the first time ever will be deemed underdogs, and it’s hard to argue otherwise. While they have made some notable additions to the squad such as defender Kristoffer Ajer, the 2.1 betting odds for relegation don’t put a lot of confidence in Brentford.

Premier League Top Players 2021

It’s hard to single out just a few players in a league so full of world-class teams and stars. We’ll try to point out a few examples so you get the idea, though.

Harry Kane

One of the most prolific strikers in the world, Kane is the main man to keep an eye on. Though fans are worried over the injuries he has suffered over the past few seasons, the 30 goals he scored in 2017/18 are the stuff of legend. Not to mention the fact that he was the Premier League Top Goalscorer for the 2020/21 season with a whopping 23 goals in 31 appearances. We may finally be able to see Kane play for a side more able to keep up with him, too.

Mohamed Salah

Just behind Kane on last season's goalscorer charts is the Reds striker Mohamed Salah, a legend in the making. This Egyptian winger captured the attention of the world with his impeccable control of the ball and dribbling prowess. He may also be an interesting pick for a Top Goalscorer bet in the 2021/22 Premier League season – he was 1 away from claiming that title last year.

Bruno Fernandes

We’ll finish this list out with a prolific playmaker, though he may not be as established in the Premier League as the previous two. Last year was his first full season as part of Manchester United, and he made quite the splash, to say the least. With 18 goals and 12 assists, he is one of the most successful midfielders in the league – which is high praise considering some of the competition.

Premier League Rising Stars 2021

We’ll round out the above list with a few relatively young players who are still on the rise.

Jadon Sancho

Sancho is already a very established name on the global scene, but the 2020/21 season will be the first time he’s appearing as part of a main lineup in the Premier League. He had appearances in the Under 18 competition, mind you, as part of Manchester City’s youth squad. This time around, however, he’ll be playing for United and is expected to bring a whole new aspect to the squad.

Harvey Elliott

At 16 years of age, this energetic young winger became the youngest ever player to appear in both the EFL Cup and the Premier League. He spent the previous season on loan at Blackburn, but he’ll be joining the main squad this year at just 18. Salah’s boots will be hard to fill, but there’s no denying that Eliott is someone to keep tabs on in the future.

Premier League Derby Matches

The Premier League has accumulated an inordinate number of derbies over the years. To keep things short, we’ll list just a few of the ones that will be interesting in 2020/21.

North-West Derby

If you’ve been paying attention to our club overview, a showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United should already sound exciting. Even without the centuries-old rivalry between the two cities, this is still a clash between some of the most successful and beloved football clubs in the world.

Manchester Derby

Seeing how Manchester has produced 2 of the Top 3 clubs currently in the runnings, it should come as no surprise that this local derby is quite an affair. The rivalry dates back to 1881, making it one of the most notable local football rivalries ever to exist.

The North London Derby

There’s barely a national league out there which doesn’t include a local derby in the capital. Now, Arsenal and Tottenham are not expected to top the table this season, but that doesn’t mean this showdown is going to be any less appealing. This is one of the fiercest rivalries in Europe, and it never fails to produce exciting matchups.

Premier League Best Stadiums

Old Trafford

Man United’s home turf is the largest stadium in the Premier League by a considerable margin. It can welcome no less than 75,000 spectators, second only to Wembley in the UK (which can house over 90,000 but isn’t used in the Premier League.) Old Trafford is as famous as a stadium can be, still occupying the same grounds it did over a century ago.


Speaking of famous stadiums – a football pitch doesn’t get much more storied than Anfield. Liverpool’s home grounds have been around since 1884, undergoing several expansions and improvements. It’s not particularly big or pretty by Premier League standards, but it has housed more legendary showdowns than one could count.

The Emirates Stadium

Also known as the Ashburton Grove or simply Arsenal Stadium, this one is on the opposite side of the spectrum. It’s new and spectacular – which is the same thing that can be said of their biggest rivals’ stadium – and has the best and most modern facilities in the Premier League with a capacity of just over 60,000.