Defending champions Manchester City will start the 2021-22 Premier League season as title favourites.
Pep Guardiola’s side ran away with the division last season, ultimately finishing 12 points above runners-up Manchester United and 17 above Liverpool in third.
Since then, the Citizens have broken the English record transfer fee with the £100 million acquisition of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. The England international will be another playmaker and goalscorer in Manchester City’s midfield.
The bookmakers have City as 4/6 favourites before the new season kicks off on Friday 13 August 2021.
Champions League holders Chelsea are the 4/1 second favourites.
Thomas Tuchel’s side upset City in the Champions League final back in May, having also eliminated their Premier League rivals at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup, before losing to Leicester City.
The German coach only replaced Frank Lampard at the end of January and it had been hoped he’d get the best out of striker Timo Werner. However, the Blues are on the verge of re-signing Romelu Lukaku in a mega money move from Internazionale.
2019-20 champions Liverpool have been made the 5/1 third favourites.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were never in the title running last season and only sneaked into the Champions League places in the final weeks of last season.
The Reds were devastated by injuries in central defence, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez missing much of the campaign, and Joel Matip also missing significant time.
Since then, Ibrahima Konate has been added to the books in a £36 million deal from RB Leipzig, giving the manager another option at centre-back.
However, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has departed on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and so far no additional midfielders has been added to the squad. Perhaps Liverpool are hoping that Thiago Alcantara will perform much better than his debut season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are back at 7/1.
The full list of 2021-22 Premier League title favourites are as follows:
Manchester City 4/6
Manchester United 7/1
Tottenham Hotspur 40/1
Leicester City 46/1
Leeds United 114/1
West Ham United 140/1
Aston Villa 160/1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 240/1
Brighton & Hove Albion 300/1
Newcastle United 475/1
Crystal Palace 500/1
Norwich City 1000/1