Big 6 in Crisis Specials 19/20

Big 6 in Crisis Specials 19/20

Determine the fate of the Premier League big 6 over the 2019/20 season

Before every new Premier League season, football fans across the world consider how each team could fare. The performance of the big 6 teams are especially intriguing, as they face more pressure to succeed due to everyone assuming that they’ll fight for every trophy in contention whilst battling for the title.

As part of another market from Paddy Power which holds a humorous twist, the bookmaker is looking at the worst case scenario for all of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with odds behind each outcome to indicate what they see as being the least likely to become a reality.

Arsenal

Seeing Arsene Wenger leave North London left a mix of emotions for Arsenal fans, and it was difficult to work out how things could go under Unai Emery with the Spaniard sharing many of the values previously held by Wenger. His first season saw improved performances on home soil, a fair fight for the Premier League top 4, and an appearance in a European cup final, but on paper, the Gunners fell short of Champions League football whilst losing a Europa League final against a Chelsea side that have been far from impressive.

It will be Unai Emery’s primary intention to seal a top 4 finish after falling short in his first term at the club, but if Paddy Power’s odds are anything to go by, he could go in the opposite direction, with 20/1 odds handed to an outcome whereby Arsenal finish in the bottom half of the Premier League and Unai Emery is no longer manager by Christmas day. The Gunners no longer possess much of a record against the better teams in the Premier League, so Paddy Power also provide a 66/1 price for them to lose every game against the big 6.

Arsenal to finish bottom half of the Premier League and Emery to leave the club before December 25th 2019 at 20/1

Arsenal to lose every Premier League game against the other big 6 clubs at 66/1

Unai Emery Arsenal

Nobody knows whether Unai Emery is the right man for Arsenal yet after losing the Europa League final and failing to secure a place in the top 4.

Chelsea

Winning the Europa League and clinching third in the Premier League during what ended up being a two-horse race between Manchester City and Liverpool spelt an impressive season for Chelsea, but it wasn’t enough for fans to be convinced by the new style imposed by Maurizio Sarri. He ended up leaving to take over at Juventus, and Chelsea instated club legend Frank Lampard as his successor.

Although Frank Lampard is vastly inexperienced after only being a professional manager for one year, Chelsea need an injection of inspiration, and their former player could be the perfect man for the job, especially as they attempt to find success without signing any new players. Known for being harsh with managerial appointments, Paddy Power are quite fair with their pricing for Chelsea to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League and Frank Lampard to leave Stamford Bridge by the 25th December, pricing this dreary outcome at 40/1.

Chelsea to finish bottom half of the Premier League and Lampard to leave the club before December 25th 2019 at 40/1

Frank Lampard Chelsea

Frank Lampard takes charge of Chelsea after spending a single season as a professional manager at Derby County. The pressure is on his shoulders as the club attempt to find success with the added obstacle of a transfer ban.

Liverpool

It was a pivotal moment for both Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool at the end of the season, as the club came away with a sixth Champions League trophy. Finishing second behind an unstoppable Manchester City was respectable enough considering they only fell short of the title by the finest of margins. Claiming the Champions League said a lot about Liverpool, and it offers more hope over how Jurgen Klopp could finally win the Premier League for the Reds in the coming campaign.

Resulting within the top 2 has been a consolation prize for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool due to the nature of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. In the instance where they aren’t even able to at least finish as runner-up to Man City – and where Jurgen Klopp leaves before the start of the following season – you can get odds of 15/2.

Liverpool to finish outside the Premier League top 2 and Klopp to leave before the start of the 2020/21 season at 15/2

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Claiming a sixth Champions League finally saw Jurgen Klopp prove himself at Liverpool. Challenging for the Premier League will be a more difficult task, especially as their stellar 18/19 campaign still wasn’t enough against a formidable Manchester City.

Manchester City

Now sitting with two successive Premier League titles, Pep Guardiola will have his eyes on a third, where he would once again be proving his ability in England’s top tier. Manchester City came away with a treble last season in winning the title, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, but it’s the Champions League that evaded them once again, where he will be looking to capitalise in order to conquer every competition in arm’s reach of the Etihad.

The single dreaded fear for Man City is the prospect of a ban from the Champions League ruining hopes of ruling Europe after the upcoming term. Odds of 5/1 are available for Manchester City being banned by FIFA from participating from the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League after claims of breaking UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, and you can also get 17/2 odds for Man City to finish outside of the top 2 and Guardiola to leave before the start of the 2020/21 season.

Manchester City to be banned from the 2020/21 Champions League at 5/1

Manchester City to finish outside the Premier League top 2 and Guardiola to leave before the start of the 2020/21 season at 17/2

Pep Guardiola Manchester City

It would take a lot to knock back Manchester City, who’ve been simply sensational since Pep Guardiola took charge. Their main concern will be the possibility of losing Champions League football.

Manchester United

Worries continue to mount for Manchester United as they fall into a similar decline to the one which set Liverpool back several years after the sacking of Rafa Benitez in 2010. Jose Mourinho was forced out of the club in December, with Manchester United bringing in former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his replacement. A burst of inspiration came about at first, but after it wore away, it was easy to see how much deadwood was in the squad.

Only the most positive Manchester United fans expect a positive season on the horizon, making a lot of prices surrounding their failings extremely short. To finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table and for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be gone by Christmas – as a lot of punters predict – you’ll find odds of 18/1. A far larger price is handed to Man United losing every single game against a fellow big 6 club, odds of 80/1 provided.

Manchester United to finish bottom half of the Premier League and Solskjaer to leave the club before December 25th 2019 at 18/1

Manchester United to lose every Premier League game against the other big 6 clubs at 80/1

Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskajer

There’s very little hope for Manchester United, who looked like they were in a decline as they finished the season, losing at home to already-relegated Cardiff City.

Tottenham Hotspur

Arguably looking like the third best team in the Premier League last season, Tottenham Hotspur ended up finishing fourth behind Chelsea, who went through one of their most disappointing campaigns. To Spurs’ credit, they made it to the Champions League final, only losing it against a Liverpool side who had a point to prove after falling short in last year’s final, but Tottenham are expected to put up more of a fight for the title this time around.

Recent links tied Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester United, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. In what must be their worst case scenario, you can get odds of 7/2 for him to leave before May 2020 and Spurs to finish outside of the Premier League top 4.

Tottenham Hotspur not to finish in the top 4 of the Premier League and Pochettino to leave before May 17th 2020 at 7/2

Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs clinched a place in the top four and made a Champions League final appearance last season. Whether they can go any further will be determined in the next campaign.