It’s a World Cup year, which usually means the majority of transfer activity is postponed to mid-July at the earliest. However, plenty of bookmakers have already released their odds for Europe’s top leagues next season. It can be viewed as something as an opportunity for punters, if they can correctly guess where the bookies have gone too long in the odds for some teams. Below is a look at some areas where you can find some value:
Manchester United to win the Premier League (7/1 Bet365, Sky Bet)
Starting with a controversial one. It has become fashionable to dismiss United in recent years, but they did come second in the league last season. They are, in fact, third-favourites for the Premier League next season, with Man City odds-on across the board and Liverpool available around 5/1. It is United’s likelihood of spending this summer that makes those odds attractive though, as you could easily see someone in the mould of Gareth Bale or Antoine Griezmann arriving at Old Trafford after the World Cup. City are, of course, worthy favourites, but United are showing the value. Not totally convinced that United can triumph by chucking money at the problem? Then check these offers for free bets no deposit to see if you can back them with no risk.
Juventus to win Serie A (3/4, 888sport)
Okay. This one is not a longshot by any means. However, Juventus are all but guaranteed to win Serie A once again next season. They have a policy of hoovering up the talent of their rivals – watch them snag Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio – and improving an already excellent team. It feels like Napoli (4/1) blew their chance last season and the two Milan clubs still have a lot of work to do to get back to the top. Odds of 3/4 are not going to look dazzling on any bet slips, but the value comes into focus when you consider Sun Bets have put the Old Lady at 1/33. It’s a banker.
Ajax (23/10 Black Type) and PSV (23/17 188 Bet) to win the Eredivisie
This is one for those who like to make an (almost guaranteed) sure bet. If either of these two clubs do not win the title in 2019, it will be a massive shock of Leicester City proportions (their closest rivals, AZ Alkmaar, are 40/1 with Black Type). So, the idea is to back both clubs to give yourself a tidy profit regardless of the winner. Obviously, Ajax will give the most profit at 21/10, but you can adjust your stake to guarantee the maximum return should either side win the league.
Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga (2/5, Paddy Power)
A similar argument than the one made for Juventus (Paddy Power have no Serie A odds available at the time of writing, but the double could be lucrative), with Bayern Munich almost guaranteed to storm to the Bundesliga title this season. Again, the odds are a matter of perspective. 188 Bet, for example, go as low as 1/12 on Munich landing the title. Can anyone conceivably see the likes of Dortmund or Leipzig catching them? Munich are light years ahead and will be even stronger once the transfer window shuts.