2018/19 Premier League Odds: Pep Guardiola's Man City favourites to retain title

by Jack Kitson / 16 April 2018, 14:09

The new Premier League champions, Manchester City, haven’t even lifted the trophy yet but already bookmakers have opened up the outright betting market for next season's title race, and to the surprise of absolutely no one it’s Pep Guardiola’s troops who have been installed as the ante-post favourites for glory.

No club or manager has successfully defended England’s most coveted trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd doubled-up back in 2008 and 2009.

In fact, Fergie and Jose Mourinho are the only two managers in Premier League history to successfully defend the crown.

Four clubs comprising eight different managers have gone on to win the title since Ferguson’s Red Devils achieved the last back-to-back title feat nine years ago.

In 2009/10 Carlo Ancelotti led Chelsea to glory in his debut season at the helm, only for Fergie to wrestle the title back the following campaign.

Then it was the turn of Roberto Mancini who created history in dramatic fashion after “noisy neighbours” Man City bagged their first piece of Premier League silverware at the expense of Fergie’s United.

However, in his final season in management Ferguson fired back with his 13th success - who could have envisioned that in the subsequent five seasons United would repeatedly fire blanks.

Man City bounced back in Manuel Pellegrini’s opening season in charge, before Jose Mourinho returned to the summit of English football in his second spell with Chelsea.

Nobody could have predicted the outcome of the 2015/16 season as Claudio Ranieri led 5,000/1 outsiders Leicester to one of the most miraculous title successes in football history.

Chelsea, under Antonio Conte, then blasted their way to the 2016/17 edition after winning 30 of their 38 games, before Pep Guardiola took control in his second season at Man City, as he became the 10th manager to win the Premier League over the weekend.

Guardiola’s troops can now be backed at just 4/5 to double-up next season, ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool (4/1) and Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd (6/1), while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are available at 10/1.

The futures of Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger are both up in the air, with Chelsea priced at 10/1 to win the title for the third time in five years - potentially under a third different manager - while Arsenal can be backed at 16/1 to end their 15-year Premier League drought.

For those of you after a tasty outside bet then Nuno Santo’s Wolves, who sealed promotion up to the Premier League on Saturday, are available at 400/1 to stun Guardiola, Mourinho and co, while Sean Dyche’s Burnley can be backed at 750/1.

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