We’re now two months into the 2019/20 football season, and there are already plenty of fascinating plot-lines starting to play out across the English football pyramid.
With several pre-season favourites struggling to hit on a winning formula, could we see some surprise league winners emerge come May?
Here, we run through the latest football outright betting in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues 1 & 2, and how early season results are shaping the odds.
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With a perfect record of eight wins from eight, it’s little surprise that Liverpool have moved firmly into pole position in the Premier League winner odds market (7/10).
No team in the history of the competition has ever had a healthier lead at this stage of the competition, but the Reds’ road to title glory will surely become a lot more straightforward if they can record back-to-back wins against struggling rivals Man Utd and Spurs after the international break. Any October wobble from the Reds could let Man City (13/10) make up some ground on the current runaway leaders.
Top four odds
In the race for the top four, aside from the usual suspects it’s Leicester City (14/5) that currently look the most intriguing proposition to spring a surprise. Brendan Rodgers’ side narrowly lost to Liverpool but look to have the right blend and consistency to keep themselves in the chasing pack right through to the finish.
Fatigue from the Europa League will surely play its part, but Wolves (22/1) look to have finally rediscovered their feelgood factor. Nuno’s side have shown time and again they can beat the big guns. In a Premier League season that looks as open as this one, could there be more than one team from leftfield that make a charge towards Champions League football? Stranger things have happened.
Premier League relegation odds
Looking down rather than up, one thing seems evident: bar winless Watford (11/10), no team is threatening to play the Fulham or Huddersfield role as league whipping boys. Norwich’s (5/4) paper-thin squad means they could find wins hard to come by until the January transfer window, while struggling Southampton (33/10) have looked less than convincing even when winning games this campaign.
As for Everton (20/1), any movement on their Premier League relegation odds will surely depend on whether the Toffees board stick or twist with Marco Silva if the division’s most underperforming side continue their current malaise.
Premier League golden boot odds
In the golden boot race, Chelsea’s young starlet Tammy Abraham is surprisingly leading the pack (7/1) with eight goals alongside the evergreen Sergio Agüero (3/1), although last year’s joint-winner Sadio Mané (9/1) continues to fly under the radar with five goals to his name.
A revitalised Jamie Vardy (16/1) also looks value in the Premier League golden boot outrights as Leicester continue to win admirers under Rodgers.
Championship Winner Odds
It’s often billed as the most entertaining league in European football. Once again, the Championship is delivering on that score with none of last season’s relegated Premier League sides so far seizing the initiative in the second tier. That said, the gap between West Brom (7/2) in first place and mid-table Birmingham (125/1) in 12th is only six points. Business as usual in the Championship, then.
As we’ve seen all too often in this league, a six-game winning streak can catapult a side from relegation fodder to automatic promotion contenders. That makes Cardiff City (25/1) look attractive with Neil Warnock showing signs he’s slowly turning things around in South Wales after a low-key start to the season. Nottingham Forest (18/1) also look a team transformed under Sabri Lamouchi. Could they finally end 20 years of hurt by returning to the top tier in May?
League One Winner Odds
The relegation hangover hasn’t lasted long for Ipswich Town (44/25) who probably made a wise decision in handing the rebuilding job to a man accustomed to promotion campaigns at this level in Paul Lambert. In truth, the Tractor Boys haven’t particularly needed to be at their best to top the table with relative comfort, taking full advantage of stuttering starts from most of the pre-season promotion favourites.
With Sunderland (6/1) and Portsmouth (9/1) looking less than convincing, north-west rivals Fleetwood (10/1) and Blackpool (20/1) could provide the value if Lambert’s league leaders show any signs of losing ground.
League Two Winner Odds
While Ipswich are currently showing signs of being unstoppable in League One, it’s a different story in League Two. With no outstanding candidate making the early running, this league looks there for the taking for any team that can put a consistent run together.
Current leaders Forest Green Rovers (14/1) have been quick to put play-off disappointment behind them but may lack the firepower to stay the distance, while easy-on-the-eye Swindon (9/2) have at times looked capable of kicking on only to be thwarted by a mounting injury list. Cheltenham Town (20/1) could be the dark horses in this division as they continue to quietly impress under Michael Duff.
Odds correct at time of writing and may be subject to change.
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