The 2018/19 Premier League season officially came to a conclusion with Manchester City retaining their crown. Pep Guardiola's side were pushed all the way by Liverpool in arguably the most gruelling title race in the competitions history, with City needing a whopping 98 points to finish one above the Reds.
In any other season other than this one and last year, the 97 points that Liverpool racked up would have been enough to win the Premier League which shows just how ruthless City were.
Clubs will now take some well earned rest, before attention begins to turn towards next season. The 2019/20 season promises to be just as enthralling, with several teams looking to bridge the gap at the top.
There will also be new additions with Norwich City and Sheffield United coming up from the Championship and their main aim will undoubtedly be survival.
Despite the season having only just finished, bookmakers have already released odds for the next campaign. We have taken a look at them to see who they are tipping to win the title next year, and who may be fighting to avoid relegation.
Premier League winner odds
In terms of the odds for who will win the Premier League next season, it comes as no surprise that Manchester City are the odds-on favourites at 4/6 having won the last two titles. Under Guardiola they have become a quite incredible team, playing stunning football and simply swatting teams aside with relative ease and often scoring three, four and five goals in a game.
City have gained 198 points in their last two seasons in the top flight, with 64 wins out of a possible 76 which is unprecedented. They also have the deepest squad in terms of quality with players such as Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez regulars on the City bench, most of whom would walk into any other team's starting 11. With one or two additions this summer, they will certainly take some stopping again next year.
Liverpool are rightfully second favourites with the bookmakers, at 11/4 with Sky Bet. As already mentioned, Jurgen Klopp's side have had an unbelievable season to win 97 points this season, losing just one fixture in the league.
The Reds are getting better each year under the German and are expected to be City's nearest challengers again next season. They have an incredible front line featuring Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, whilst they have been the best team defensively this season largely due to the additions of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk. They perhaps lack that little bit of attacking threat from midfield, but the returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could provide that and inspire them to another title challenge.
After those two clubs, the rest are much longer prices to win the league. Tottenham Hotspur are third favourites at 12/1, probably due to their outstanding run to the Champions League final. Spurs play some excellent football and do have quality players who have threatened to challenge for the title in a couple of previous seasons.
But they always fall short. They don't have the same squad depth as City or Liverpool, largely due to the fact that they haven't bought anyone in the last two transfer windows. Will the club finally back Mauricio Pochettino financially this summer in a bid to mount a serious challenge?
Odds in full:
Manchester City - 4/6
Liverpool - 11/4
Tottenham - 12/1
Manchester United - 16/1
Chelsea - 18/1
Arsenal - 25/1
Premier League relegation odds
As for the other end of the table, unsurprisingly the two clubs who have confirmed promotion are the early favourites to be relegated. Sheffield United are odds-on to go down at 8/11, as are Norwich City who are 5/6.
There is no doubting that it will be tough for the two clubs, as it always is with the jump in quality from the Championship to Premier League getting bigger each year. Both will need to make some shrewd signings in the transfer market to give themselves a chance, but they do have two excellent managers who will relish the challenge of Premier League football.
Next in the market come Burnley, who are priced at 2/1 to suffer relegation. The Clarets have become an established top flight club in recent years and even finished seventh in the 2017/18 campaign.
They did struggle for the first half of the season just gone, but Sean Dyche eventually turned things around and they finished in a comfortable 15th position. The reason they are once again amongst the relegation favourites is probably due to their budget, which is one of the lowest in the top flight. But having plenty of Premier League experience within their ranks could give them some advantage, particularly over the promoted teams.
Brighton are also amongst the relegation favourites with odds of 9/4 after narrowly avoiding the drop this season. The Seagulls ended up finishing in 17th and just two points above the relegation zone following a run of just three wins in their last 23.
In a bid to avoid a repeat next season, the club decided to sack Chris Hughton and will appoint a new manager with Graham Potter thought to be the front runner. This could be a risk that goes either way, on the one hand Hughton got the club promoted and kept them in the Premier League for two years but having struggled so much towards the end of the season a change may have been needed to freshen things up.
Odds in full:
- Sheffield United - 8/11
- Norwich City - 5/6
- Burnley - 2/1
- Brighton - 9/4
- Southampton - 5/1
- Crystal Palace - 11/2
- Newcastle United - 11/2