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Premier League Antepost Tips: Liverpool expected to chase Manchester City

Mark Langdon can't see past Man City winning the Premier League, but believes there will be a great race behind the odds-on favourites, with Liverpool fancied to push Pep Guardiola's side closest this season.

The Citizens are hoping to make it four titles in a row and are heavy favourites to do so, with Arsenal hoping to mount a major challenge, boosted by having claimed the Community Shield on Sunday.

Mark Langdon's Premier League Betting Tips

Premier League without Man City - Liverpool @ 3/1
Trent Alexander-Arnold most assists @ 8/1
Sheff Utd to finish bottom @ 4/1
Bournemouth +50 Season Handicap - Winner @ 16/1
Emiliano Martinez to win Golden Glove @ 40/1

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

Setting the scene…..

Man City are heavy 8/11 favourites to become the first club to win four consecutive English league top-flight titles, but there are a umber of teams hoping to ruin their dreams.

Armed with the addition of Declan Rice to their midfield, Arsenal have plenty to build on after finishing second behind the Citizens last term, while Erik ten Hag will want to see more from his Manchester United outfit, who ended up in third last season.

Liverpool will certainly be wanting to improve on their fifth-place finish in 2022/23 and not having Champions League football to worry about may well aid their domestic ambitions.

At the other end of the table, the newly-promoted trio of Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town will be hoping to cement their places back in the top tier.

Meanwhile, the likes of Brighton and Brentford will be desperate to show that their superb efforts last term were not a one-off, with the Seagulls having claimed sixth place and a spot in the Europa League.

What2023/24 Premier League
WhereEngland
When11th August 2023 - 19th May 2024
How to watchSky Sports, BT Sport & Amazon Prime
OddsMan City 8/11, Arsenal 5/1, Liverpool 8/1, Man Utd 11/1, Chelsea 12/1

Premier League 2023/24 Without Man City - Liverpool @ 3/1

Man City won the treble last season and are looking for their sixth Premier League title in the last seven years and for those happy enough to back an odds-on shot ante-post, Guardiola's side are expected to oblige.

They are by far the strongest team in England and with Erling Haaland around the Golden Boot should also be heading to Manchester again in what could turn out to be a couple of lop-sided betting heats.

However, there is more fun to be had in the other markets, starting with the betting without City, which sees Arsenal as favourites.

Mark Langdon's Tip:

3/1 Liverpool are the only side to have beaten City to a title in the past six years and Jurgen Klopp's side have undertaken a much-needed midfield refresh this summer, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson among those to depart.

Alexis Mac Allister, a World Cup winner with Argentina, looks a classy signing from Brighton and the energetic Dominik Szoboszlai seems an ideal fit.

There are options galore in the final third with Mohamed Salah, Cody Gapko, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz and goalkeeper Alisson remains a superb last line of defence.

Arsenal need to prove their squad can cope with the demands of the Champions League and United are putting enormous goalscoring faith in youngster Rasmus Hojlund.

Newcastle United are, much like Arsenal, likely to find the going tougher with the Champions League thrown into the mix.

Trent Alexander-Arnold Most Assists @ 8/1

The Citizens' Kevin De Bruyne was four clear in the assists table last season with 16 and he deserves to be favourite again.

It's a great each-way market with four places available and there are many with chances, but it might be worth backing Trent Alexander-Arnold to return to his best form.

Mark Langdon's Tip:

Alexander-Arnold, 8/1, has twice finished second in the Most Assists and been fourth once with a total of 54 in just 198 appearances for Liverpool.

Much could depend on how much Klopp trusts TAA to play in a hybrid midfield position, but he finished last season in remarkable form. Alexander-Arnold had seven assists in his last ten league games and is primed for a big campaign.

Sheff Utd To Finish Bottom @ 4/1

All three promoted teams stayed up last season and Burnley should be capable of doing likewise under the impressive Vincent Kompany, although it is likely to be much tougher for Luton Town and Sheffield United.

Mark Langdon's Tip:

There is much work to be done in the transfer market so picking an established team to be relegated is dangerous at this stage, however, it would be something of a surprise if Luton and the Blades finished outside of 19th and 20th.

The best bet is to take United to prop up the table rather than play-off winners Luton, who are making sensible signings, almost with one eye on being stronger should they drop straight down to the Championship.

There is less to like about the Bramall Lane business and the sale of Iliman Ndiaye to Marseille could be catastrophic considering he scored 14 times and had 10 assists in last season's Championship, with the Blades 4/1 to finish bottom of the pile.

Bournemouth +50 Season Handicap - Winner @ 16/1

The Season Handicap is a fun market. Man City start off scratch and everyone else is given a start judged on their perceived ability, so Arsenal are on +10 and so on.

The handicap points are added to the final tallies to decide the winner in an each-way market with four places.

Mark Langdon's Tip:

Bournemouth have taken a risk in replacing the steady Gary O'Neil with Marcelo Bielsea disciple Andoni Iraola.

It seems sure to be chaotic, but it could also be great fun and if the Cherries respond to the Spaniard it is possible for them to make a mockery of a 50-point handicap start.

Iraola punched way above his weight at Rayo Vallecano in Spain - they earned 49 and 42 points - and a similar impact at 16/1 Bournemouth will make them competitive in this market.

Emiliano Martinez to win Golden Glove @ 40/1

The Golden Glove is given to the Premier League goalkeeper with the most clean sheets and there will be a new winner this season after David de Gea was released by United despite 17 shutouts last term.

Ederson heads the market with De Gea's replacement, Andre Onana, just behind in second, but there could be better value further down the lists.

Mark Langdon's Tip:

Emiliano Martinez had a wonderful season, winning the World Cup and helping Aston Villa qualify for the Europa Conference League.

Villa were huge improvers under Unai Emery, who immediately tightened up the defence. The Villans managed nine clean sheets in 22 Premier League games in 2023, a ratio which averaged out over a season would be 15.5.

Diogo Carlos is fit again and Emery has strengthened further with the arrival of Pau Torres, which could help Martinez greatly outperform his odds of 40/1.

Mark Langdon's Premier League Betting Tips

Premier League without Man City - Liverpool @ 3/1
Trent Alexander-Arnold most assists @ 8/1
Sheff Utd to finish bottom @ 4/1
Bournemouth +50 Season Handicap - Winner @ 16/1
Emiliano Martinez to win Golden Glove @ 40/1

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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