The Premier League is back this weekend with the action getting under way on Friday. Here we have a look at some of the wide range of outright markets available before the big kick-off.
Liverpool host Norwich in the season-opener and are second favourites, behind champions Manchester City, in the outright winners market.
City are going for three titles in a row and will not give up their crown easily, but may just switch focus and finally try to win the Champions League and let Liverpool in in the process.
The two proved there is still very little to choose between them in Sunday’s Community Shield and we could be set for another close-fought battle at the top.
In the relegation market, unsurprisingly, the teams who have come up from the Championship – Sheffield United, Norwich City and Aston Villa (2/1) – are all among the favourites to go down.
While the Blades and the Canaries are tipped to struggle, Villa have spent big in an attempt to survive.
Chris Wilder and Daniel Farke appear to have a huge job on their hands keeping their respective teams up, but possible surprise strugglers this season could be Burnley.
The Clarets began last term dreadfully and were in the thick of the relegation mix at the halfway stage only to pull away in the new year.
However, Sean Dyche has only brought in Jay Rodriguez and Erik Pieters as outfield summer signings and they have a hard-working squad that looks short of quality.
The new men are not expected to inspire much improvement and the Lancashire outfit’s four-year spell in the top flight could be in danger this season.
Finally, Southampton look good value to mount a challenge to finish in the top 10 this season under boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Saints finished 16th in 2018-19, five points clear of the bottom three in the end after Hasenhuttl got them moving in the right direction after succeeding Mark Hughes at St Mary’s.
The south-coast club appear to have recruited well this summer, with Che Adams, prolific for Birmingham in the Championship last season, arriving and Danny Ings now on board permanently to bolster their attack.
Winger Moussa Djenepo has also arrived from Standard Liege, and while he is somewhat of an unknown quantity, Southampton have plenty to be positive about, with the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond and Mario Lemina in their ranks.
Hasenhuttl’s side have gone unbeaten in pre-season, winning three games and drawing one, and so should approach the new campaign with plenty of confidence.