After a thrilling summer of World Cup action, soccer odds are drawing a lot of new eyeballs as the major European leagues launch their 2018-19 campaigns.
Whether you’re a seasoned soccer bettor or taking your first kick at the odds for the English Premier League, La Liga, Series A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and other professional leagues, our in-depth previews and betting predictions will help you turn a profit on the pitch.
Fixture of the Week: Arsenal vs. Manchester City
Coming off a record-smashing 2017-18 season, Manchester City are ready for an encore, and oddsmakers are believers as the defending champions kick off the 2018-19 English Premier League calendar Sunday against host Arsenal.
Man City are -110 favorites in their season opener as they come off an incredible showing a season earlier, one in which they established league records for victories (32) and points (100) while trailing for just 153 minutes all season. Bookmakers have them as a -150 favorite to repeat as EPL champion. Host Arsenal, who placed sixth last year, are +260 for Sunday's encounter.
Liverpool snuck into the Champions League by the slimmest of margins last season, then proceeded to reach the final before they were upended by Real Madrid. Liverpool will look to carry that momentum into the new EPL season as they kick off the campaign Sunday against visiting West Ham.
The hosts are overwhelming -400 faves to open the year on a winning note, and are installed at +400 to win the league championship – behind only Man City. West Ham (+1,100) posted a 13th-place finish in 2017-18 and carry the 10th-best odds to win the EPL title coming into the season at +30,000.
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It has now been a full half-decade since Manchester United last hoisted the league trophy – and according to bookmakers, the Red Devils aren't likely to end that drought in 2019. Man United carries +700 odds of returning to the top of the table as they kick things off Friday against visiting Leicester City.
A -223 favorite in the first game of the new EPL season, Man United placed second last year but were still a whopping 19 points behind rival Man City in the standings. Leicester City (+650) placed ninth in 2017-18 but is a +30,000 longshot to repeat its stunning first-place performance of three seasons ago.
Fans of the Wolverhamption Wanderers are ecstatic to see their team back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012 – and that's not the only bit of good news. Oddsmakers expect Wolves to put together a strong campaign in their return to premier-division football, and have made them slight +125 favorites for Saturday's season curtain raiser against visiting Everton.
Wolverhampton won the EFL championship last season to earn promotion, and are a +25,000 underdog to win a second straight title – the eighth-best odds in the league. Everton come into Molineux Stadium listed at +220 to win.
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* Look for plenty of scoring at Emirates Stadium this weekend, with each of Arsenal's previous 10 home games in league play having gone above the 2.5-goal total. The Over pays out at -188 for this Sunday's encounter between Arsenal and Man City.
* Huddersfield Town were the darlings of the first few weeks of the 2017-18 Premier League season but finished with a thud, failing to score in five of their final seven home games. A clean sheet by visiting Chelsea is worth +110 this weekend.
* Crystal Palace couldn't convert for most of last season but came on strong in the latter weeks, scoring two or more goals in five of their final six matches. Bettors are getting +162 on Crystal Palace going Over 1.5 goals Saturday vs. host Fulham.
* Brighton comes into the season looking to solve their road woes, having gone winless in their previous 13 away matches. But the visitors have a legitimate shot at ending that drought, entering at +230 Saturday vs. Watford (+120).
*Real Madrid's loss is Chelsea's gain, as the Blues are set to add midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The 24 year old was frustrated with a lack of playing time in Spain, and should bolster a Chelsea team that is listed at +1,200 to win the EPL title.
* One of the league's top goalkeepers is switching addresses, as Joe Hart leaves Manchester City after 12 seasons with the club. The 31-year-old Hart has signed a two-year contract with Burnley, who are installed at +400 to be relegated.
* Leicester City have wasted little time replacing the departed Riyad Mahrez – and with a fellow Algerian, no less. Leicester have added winger Rachid Ghezzal from Monaco as they look to make good on their +3,300 odds of a top-four finish.
* West Ham lured forward Lucas Perez away from Arsenal. Perez had eight goals in 35 games on loan with Deportivo La Coruna last season. He'll join a West Ham side that is +110 to finish in the top half of the table this year.
* Arsenal will be short-handed at the back end after losing left-back Sead Kolasinac for up to eight weeks with a knee injury suffered against Chelsea. That could hurt Arsenal's chances of converting on +200 odds of a top-four result.
* Man City star Riyad Mahrez is slated to feature for his new club in its English Premier League season opener against Arsenal. Mahrez suffered an ankle injury late last month vs. Bayern Munich but is expected to be fit for Sunday's tilt.
* Liverpool midfielder James Milner might not play in his team's season opener this week after he needed 15 stitches to close a nasty gash on his face suffered in a friendly against Napoli. Liverpool is a whopping -550 favorite to post a top-4 finish.