The start of the 2019/20 season is almost upon us.
With the anticipation building, we’ve unpicked the futures markets looking for value bets before the new Premier League and EFL seasons get underway.
Here are our seven value picks ahead of the new season as we take a look at the Premier League outrights markets and more…
Premier League Outrights and EFL Outrights 2019/20 – Value Bets
1. Leicester City to break into the Top 4 – 16/1
Brendan Rodgers is a man with a point to prove in the Premier League after a disappointing end to his spell with Liverpool. The Northern Irishman has the experience required to push the Foxes up to the next level in his first full season in charge, and the additions of Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez add extra intent to a Leicester side boasting plenty of young talent.
A repeat of 2015/16 looks a stretch, but the Foxes could pounce if any of the ‘Big Six’ slip up.
2. Crystal Palace to be relegated – 11/2
Palace are notoriously slow starters in the Premier League. This could be the season where a failure to hit the ground running finally proves costly. Much will depend on the future of Wilfried Zaha. If the Eagles lose their talisman to Arsenal, Roy Hodgson will face a nervous few weeks trying to plug that huge gap in his teamsheet.
A £100m transfer kitty from the sale of Wan-Bissaka and Zaha may not be the consolation prize it seems if other sides play hardball towards the end of the transfer window in the knowledge the Eagles have money to burn. With a few shrewd signings, they should be able to manage the blow of losing Zaha. However, it could be a closer-run thing than previous seasons.
3. Everton to lift the FA Cup – 18/1
It’s now 24 years since Everton lifted a major trophy. Surely, if any side deserved a memorable cup run, it’s long-suffering Toffees fans? The much-touted Marco Silva has yet to fully convince in English football but a first trophy in nearly three decades would go some way to justifying his reputation as one of Europe’s most promising young managers.
If any of the ‘Big Six’ sides falter in the FA Cup, Everton could be well-placed to capitalise – particularly with no European football weighing them down in 2019/20. Much will depend on whether Silva himself opts to go for broke.
4. Chelsea to lift the EFL Cup – 9/1
Given the Blues’ transfer ban, Frank Lampard faces an almighty challenge to keep Chelsea competitive in the Premier League this season. The cups could be his best bet to put a marker down during his first campaign as a top-tier manager.
He’s already shown some cup pedigree with Derby County last season, beating Man Utd and Southampton in the EFL Cup and FA Cup respectively. With Chelsea’s young stars set to play more of a leading role in 2019/20, they could come of age in the EFL Cup.
5. Brentford to win the Championship – 14/1
Bournemouth. Huddersfield. Norwich City. That’s just three recent examples of clubs that came from seemingly nowhere one season to trouble the promotion places in the Championship the next.
Brentford consistently punch above their weight at this level, and this could be the season where the regular plaudits they receive for their attractive style of football is finally rewarded with a genuine title push. Thomas Frank suffered a slow start to his managerial career with the Bees but turned form around to lift them to a top-half finish. The Championship title in the trophy cabinet would also be a fitting end to 115 years of history at Griffin Park.
6. Blackpool to win League One – 29/1
Maybe, just maybe, the good times are back at Bloomfield Road. One of the longest-running ownership battles in English football finally came into the end this summer as local businessman Simon Sadler stepped in to breathe new life into the Seasiders.
Even with their much-publicised problems off the field, Blackpool managed a Top 10 finish last season. Returning boss Simon Grayson is a promotion expert at this level and has a point to prove after short spells at Sunderland and Bradford City. The play-offs may be a more realistic short-term goal, but don’t rule out Blackpool springing a surprise. If the likes of Ipswich and Sunderland falter under the pressure, this is a league that looks there for the taking.
7. Forest Green Rovers to win League Two – 16/1
Under ambitious chairman Dale Vince, Rovers won’t be resting on their laurels after a credible fifth-place finish last season. League Two looks to have several credible title candidates this year – which means a flying start could be the clincher in determining which side seals the title.
That could rule out the likes of Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle from making a seamless return to League One, with both clubs going through an extensive rebuilding process this summer. It’s been seven years since a relegated side won the League Two title. That’s potentially good news for Mark Cooper’s side after their near-miss in the play-offs last season.
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Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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