Where does the value currently lie when it comes to betting on football outrights in all four of England’s top divisions?
Football Outright Betting | Current State of Play
Here, we run through the latest football outright betting in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues 1 & 2.
It’s increasingly looking like only a dramatic turnaround in fortunes will stop Man City (1/38) winning the 2020/21 Premier League.
A relentless winning run from the Citizens – combined with indifferent form their immediate rivals – has seen them installed as firm favourites to reclaim the trophy they lost in 2019/20.
With holders Liverpool (250/1) suffering an alarming slump in form since the start of 2021, it looks as if only Man Utd (37/1) or Leicester (52/1) can keep things interesting heading into the final few months of the campaign.
As Leicester City proved less than five years ago, miracles do happen in football.
Sadly for Sheffield Utd (1/66), most teams praying for one don’t get that fairy-tale ending.
Can Chris Wilder’s side pull off arguably the biggest surprise in Premier League history since that shock Foxes’ title win?
A ‘great escape’ from their current perilous situation would send all sorts of survival records tumbling.
The Blades broke unwanted new ground in December by making the worst ever start to a Premier League season and are a brutal 1/66 to drop back into the EFL Championship after just two years away.
It’s not been much better for Sam Allardyce at West Brom (1/40).
The veteran firefighter was drafted in by the Baggies board to mastermind another survival bid, but this looks to be his toughest gig yet after successful turnaround missions at Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton.
Nearest rivals Fulham (5/6) have made a far better fist of things compared to their last stint at this level.
Scott Parker looks to have hit upon a settled formula as he bids to save the Cottagers from the drop and will be hoping the arrival of Josh Maja helps solve their issues in front of goal.
Talking of cutting edge, Brighton (9/1) could yet be punished for their own lack of killer instinct in the final third, while Newcastle (7/5) and Burnley (7/1) still can’t afford to breathe easy either.
Is the gap between the Premier League and Championship becoming insurmountable?
It certainly seemed that way looking at the first quarter of the EFL Championship season, particularly in a post-COVID landscape with belt-tightening everywhere.
However, only Norwich (57/100) have firmly shaken off their relegation hangover, and the Canaries are now red-hot favourites to lift a second EFL Championship title in the space of three years.
Fellow 2019/20 Premier League cohorts Bournemouth (50/1) and Watford (87/10) have never entirely convinced despite occasional flashes of promise, form that has helped Swansea (28/5) and Reading (75/1) tentatively dream of a return to the top flight after several years in exile.
Brentford (15/4) looked to be kicking on strongly at the start of 2021, but a February stumbled has undermined their title bid.
Thomas Frank will be hoping his side have the resilience to recover as he looks to deliver Premier League football to the Bees faithful hoping to return in numbers to their brand new ground later this year.
After a hapless 2019/20 campaign that saw Hull City (93/20) finish bottom of the EFL Championship, the Tigers look to be reaping the rewards of keeping the faith with Grant McCann.
A fresh start could have been the easiest option for all concerned, but bar the occasional blip, the Tigers have looked authentic automatic promotion candidates in the third tier, while Peterborough Utd (66/25) could also be hitting form at just the right time for a promotion charge.
Darren Ferguson will be out to repeat his own history at the Posh by guiding them back into the second tier.
However, in a league that habitually throws up surprise winners, it’s Lincoln City (85/40) who could be hitting the dizzy heights of Championship football next year after a stellar first full campaign for Michael Appleton.
The Imps are showing few signs of falling away and could be rewarded for their consistency in a league that has been subject to significant disruption this season.
While the post-Covid landscape has been a living nightmare for most League Two clubs, it’s arguably helped shine a light on some of the best young football managers in the EFL.
Mark Bonner, Michael Duff and Chris Beech all look to be coaches on the way up, and that’s reflected in both the league table and the betting. Cambridge Utd (37/4), Cheltenham (5/1) and Carlisle Utd (63/20) could be the trio that push on as we head into the final months of the campaign.
However, financial might and lofty ambitions probably hand Salford City (119/20) and Forest Green (57/25) wriggle room to make late tilts for the title.
Both clubs also boast managers with promotion-winning experience on their CVs in the form of Richie Wellens and Mark Cooper.
While the EFL Cup has been dominated by Man City in recent seasons, the FA Cup has been far more volatile, with the famous trophy changing hands for the last five seasons in a row.
With FA Cup specialists Arsenal out, we’re guaranteed another new winner in 2020/21.
It’s Man City (139/100) who are the current favourites to triumph at Wembley given their recent form in league and cup competition.
Several big hitters beyond City remain in contention, with Man Utd (95/20) and Chelsea (37/10) still in the chase to lift the most famous trophy in English football.
It’s increasingly rare to see a long-shot winner taste FA Cup glory – with only Portsmouth and Wigan managing to pull off a fairy-tale win in recent times.
However, if you fancy some of the old ‘magic’ to return in 2020/21, Leicester (10/1), and Everton (55/4) look excellent value away from the traditional Big Six to add a much-wanted cup trophy to their cabinets.
Info and odds correct at time of writing and may be subject to change.
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