Manchester City dominated last season and were also the winning selection in the handicap market, but are they worth backing again this time around?
Backing the winner of the Premier League this season is not an easy task, with favourites Manchester City possibly too short at 4/6 (1.67) for many people.
Not since 2006 has the market leader been odds-on to win the title, with Chelsea priced at around 4/9 (1.44) that season – although the Blues finished second behind Manchester United.
However, for those looking to back City, a shrewder way exists and that is through the handicap market.
In this market, every team is given a positive handicap and the winning selection is the team who earns the most points once their handicap is applied. All teams are priced at 15/1 (16.0) with bet365.
Gabriel Jesus’ injury time winner in their final game of last season took City on to 100 points with a handicap of zero, putting them one point ahead of Burnley in this market as the Clarets recorded 54 points and had a handicap of +45.
As favourites, Pep Guardiola’s men are offered with a +0 handicap again, whilst Liverpool are available at +6.
As per last season, this market tends to require one of the favourites having a dominant season – which is certainly not out of the question – but handicaps tend to be useful for backing potential surprise packages.
Burnley, who finished seventh last term against all odds, have been given a +40 handicap this term, whilst 2015/16 champions Leicester can be backed at +33.
Newly-promoted trios tend to provide at least one side that perhaps overachieves, and Wolves are available with a +34 handicap, Fulham at +45 and Cardiff – 4/6 (1.67) favourites to go down – are +50.