With the 2018/19 season now fully underway the talk of who will win silverware come the end of it is starting to pick up pace, although we are still a good eight months from the prizes being handed out we can start to form a decent idea of just who exactly will be celebrating come next May.
And with celebrations in mind, it could well be you who is doing so from the comfort of your armchair. That is if you are smart enough to back the winning team, so with that in mind here are the best outright bets of the season.
Premier League – Liverpool
Liverpool have impressed many this season as they have got off to a blistering start in the Premier League, one that has seen them pick up a maximum point haul after winning their first five games of the campaign.
They may currently be second favourites to win the Premier League, but at a price of 9/4 they arguably offer more value than that of the current favourites Manchester City who are 4/6 on to defend their title.
When you consider that no side has managed that particular feat since Manchester United did so in 2009, it could well be that another club gets their hands on the coveted trophy instead. If that does prove to be the case, then you cannot look much further than Liverpool being the team to do so. It will also depend on Mohamed Salah. If the Egyptian can continue on his golden path, Liverpool will be a solid challenger.
Champions League – Manchester City
If Manchester City are not successful in winning back to back Premier League titles, then they may well end up softening the blow by going on to dominate to Europe instead. For all the money that their Emirates based owners have spent in the past decade, there is one competition that still eludes them.
It seems as if all the pieces are in place for City to go on and finally deliver in the Champions League, and it is a feeling that many others share, especially when you consider that they are priced as 6/1 favourites by most online betting sites.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has won the competition twice before while in charge of Barcelona, however he has not lifted the trophy since 2011 and he more than anyone will want to end the drought this season. Could 2019 be the year? Many sources agree to say that it could!
La Liga – Barcelona
Barcelona were a class apart in Spanish Football last season as they made light work of their most fearsome rivals Real Madrid and the Catalan giants will be confident of making it back to back title wins this time around.
And it is a task that has arguably made even easier what with the massive change that has gone on at the Santiago Bernabeu over the Summer as Los Blancos replaced their star manager and player with the departures of both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
This means that the La Liga title is very much Barcelona’s to lose and although you probably won’t get rich with the 4/7 on odds that are currently being offered, it does seem like that is where the smart money is being placed at present.