After costing the bookies a series of 5000/1 bets this season, attention seems to be turning to Leicester City’s odds to retain their Premier League title, and there is also some interest in Leicester to go on and complete what could be known as ‘the Nottingham Forest’ and also win the Champions League.
To win next season’s Premier League, Claudio Ranieri’s team are a best price of 33/1 with Paddy Power. Some layers have them as short as 20/1, with the most popular odds being at 25/1.
Favourites to win next season’s Premier League, are Manchester City, who are a general 6/4. Even though City appear to have one of – if not – the strongest squads, it could still represent a bit of a leap of faith to back them at those odds.
There is plenty that could go wrong at the Etihad next season. Pep Guardiola will have a few players to clear out, and will no doubt be bringing a few of his own in. He will also no doubt be trying to impress his own style on the players, all of which could lead to be a bit of unrest, and things might well take a few weeks to months to settle down.
Not sure if its ironic or not, but Leicester City are also 33/1 to get relegated, this is with bet365 (get a £200 Welcome Bonus here).
I’ll be surprised to see Leicester win the league again next year. There was no real fluke in what they did this season, but they do appear to have got lucky with injuries. Anybody who has followed football for as long as I have knows full well that they will probably get a sod’s law start to next season, with a couple of key players getting injured, that’s how football works.
On a positive note for Leicester, I can’t see a mass exodus of players. Despite their success, the only players I can see really being in demand for any top clubs are Kasper Schmeichel, N’Golo Kanté, Jamie Vardy and of course Riyad Mahrez.
The two I would be most worried about are Kante and Mahrez. I can see Vardy staying, although at 29, he might not want to miss out on a move to one of England’s bigger clubs, should the chance arise, as it would probably be his first and last chance.
Of the other players, I really can’t see any of the top clubs coming in for the likes of Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, etc, which I do believe to be a mistake. They are as good, if not better, than some of the central defenders and holding midfielders I have seen at the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs this season, but due to football snobbery, I just don’t see them looking to sign those players. All of which helps Leicester.