As another Premier League season looms, the appetite for the English top flight’s return is set to be bigger than ever this term, as the fans return to stadiums.
So, with just over a fortnight to go until kick off, what markets should we be keeping an eager eye on?
Thus far, the summer transfer window has yet to kick into top gear in the wake of the Euros, but expect that to change in the coming days.
Speculation over Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland continues to fill many a column page, as the Norwegian’s future hang in the balance in Germany. Chelsea’s odds of securing a major coup before the window slams shut are shortening all the time, but at 2/1 still with UniBet, the Blues hold decent value to secure Haaland’s services for this season.
Across SkyBet, a number of intriguing odds are emerging also, with the stipulated date of September 3rd – the date the transfer window closes – as the timeframe for markets. As the next Paul Pogba saga rolls on, the Frenchman is 7/4 to make the switch from Manchester United to PSG, whilst former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho looks likely to make a return to English shores, with Wolves now firm favourites for the Brazilian, at 7/4.
Leaving Molineux however, Ruben Neves looks destined for life elsewhere, but the battle for his signature has swung in recent days, and Man United are now fancied at 2/1, after Arsenal’s interested fading to 5s. The other transfer to watch is perhaps the destination of Tammy Abraham, with Arsenal this time 10/11 favourites for the Blues’ striker to make the switch across London. Aston Villa, however, cannot yet be ruled out after his loan spell there a few seasons back, at 5/2.
In the managerial department meanwhile, the season has not even started, but the sack race is already heating up for the first Premier League manager to get the chop. If we take a look at SkyBet’s managerial specials similarly, Xisco Munoz remains the shortest to get the boot, and given Watford’s penchant for personnel change on such a regular basis at the top, 6/1 looks a very tempting price.
Whilst new Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira and Steve Bruce come next in the odds, Mikel Arteta however, is already drawing further critique from the Arsenal fan base. With a tough opening fixture list, the Gunners boss could come under pressure early doors. At 10/1, the Spaniard is fourth favourite to be shown the Premier League boardroom door first, but those odds could significantly short should Brentford inflict defeat on opening day, a fortnight on Friday.