After the coronavirus outbreak, nobody really knew what was going to happen to the English Premier League 2019/2020 football season.
But the good news is that in many countries the situation has been resolved enough for football to return safely, and that is true of England where the Premier League restart has been confirmed.
Once Manchester City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa have all played their game in hand, we can continue with next gameweeks and there will still be plenty to play for – as confirmed by the popularity of the Premier League betting in recent times.
Liverpool are the red-hot favourites to lift the trophy once the season is completed, but they will still be pushed to the bitter end by Manchester City and co.
With a Champions League place up for grabs, there’s a real desperation to finish inside the top four in the league table – there’s Premier League odds for that too, with Liverpool and Manchester City likely to be joined by two of Leicester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United, Wolves or Sheffield United.
And at the other end of the Premier League table, absolutely nobody wants to drop through the dreaded trapdoor. Will it be Norwich, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford, West Ham or somebody else that is relegated come the end of the season?
1. Premier League 19/20 Betting Odds
Given their authoritative position, it’s not a huge surprise to note that Liverpool dominate the odds to win Premier League with the leading football bookmakers such as bet365, William Hill and Unibet.
Manchester City can still mathematically catch them however, and if the Reds do slip up in their return after the break then the Premier League betting odds winner will become much more interesting.
As mentioned, there is more to the Premier League betting outright than just the winner market, and we can get involved in the Top Four Finish category too.
Here, there is plenty of value to be enjoyed given the close proximity in points between the teams from third down to ninth in the league table, and we’ll take a look at this more closely in our Premier League predictions below.
Leicester and Chelsea are the favourites with the sportsbooks to round out the top four, but not far behind are Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves at mouth-watering prices.
Last but by no means least are the Premier League outright odds pertaining to the relegation market.
Bettors have lots of different options here. Most bookies offer odds for a team to be relegated, a team to stay up or even the relegation forecast: predicting which three sides will face the dreaded drop.
As things stand, the likes of Norwich City and Aston Villa should have the most fear according to the bookies, with Bournemouth and West Ham needing to get strong in next fixtures.
2. Premier League 19/20 Betting Tips
We can of course use the league table and lots of different stats to inform our Premier League betting tips, but one of the most interesting things is to look at other major leagues that have resumed in recent weeks.
One thing that stands out is that home advantage, the accepted theory that the home team has the edge because of their crowd and familiarity with the surroundings, is basically wiped out for matches played behind closed doors – as the Premier League will be.There will be that element of it that will feel very strange but there will be a lot of people tuning into the games on TV. It will be something different to be a part of. - Johnny Evans (Leicester defender) for BBC
However, in other areas the action remains the same: in the German Bundesliga, for example, there are still the same number of goals scored and the same intensity in the games, leading to cards etc.
In conclusion, our Premier League betting predictions won’t change from normal other than to accept that home advantage is limited.
What that means is that the best team on the day should win – rather than any other external factors being considered, and so there are lots of Premier League betting tips for the weekend you can use for the next set of fixtures.
Another angle for your bets is coronavirus related, sadly. When a player or a member of staff tests positive, they have to isolate and quarantine for a period of time, and that will have an unsettling effect on the team.
Another interesting angle, particularly in the early weeks of the Premier League’s return, is that the players won’t be match fit. We expect plenty of action in the first half of games but less in the second half, and that could help to inform your bets. Also, each team can make up to five substitutions per game, and these will add extra energy and pace against tiring opponents – if you bet in-play, this could be a value angle to exploit.
3. Premier League 19/20 Live Stream
Ordinarily, the only way you can watch Premier League football is to pay for a subscription service with one of the main UK based broadcasters, such as Sky Sports or BT Sport.
The rules are slightly different in other international countries, of course, but generally speaking to watch the Premier League you need to pay a fee.
But the rules on where to watch Premier League live have completely changed for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
Sky Sports are offering some of their matches to the British public free of charge. Selection of games will also be shown live on the BBC and Amazon, which will also be free of charge.
It’s interesting because normally you wouldn’t be able to enjoy Premier League live streaming other than from those paid-for sources, but the hope with these free matches is that the leading bookmakers will also be able to show them via their streaming channels.
So, as long as you have an active account with bet365, Unibet or 1XBET, you would be able to watch a Premier League live stream online – that is the hope anyway. Those brands already live stream the German Bundesliga, and will also be showing La Liga and Serie A games on their resumption.