Wayne Rooney recently claimed that Liverpool were Premier League title challengers this season, although most bookmakers are prepared to offer double figure odds about a Merseyside team who were beaten 3-0 by Hull City in a pre-season friendly.
Coral and Sportingbet (£25 free bets) offer the biggest odds at 11/1 and the current squad looks to be packed with midfielders but lacking numbers in defence and attack, with Luis Suarez likely to miss the start of the season after playing in the Copa America.
Manchester United have been well-backed to retain their Premier League title and it is hard to pick holes in any department, aside from the position of goalkeeper where Edwin van der Sar has some rather large gloves to fill. Paddy Power (£100 free betting) offer odds of 9/5 that the Red Devils win the league and Sir Alex Ferguson’s team are rightful favourites.
Chelsea have not been active in the transfer market since Andre Villas-Boas took charge and it could be that the January mini-splurge on Fernando Torres and David Luiz means that Roman Abramovich is keen to see the current squad utilised. The Blues are 11/4 with Stan James to land the title at the first time of asking under their 36-year-old manager.
Manchester City remain third favourites at 4/1 (Paddy Power) although look set to be weakened by the departure of Carlos Tevez, while Arsenal could also be decimated if Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri decide to move on. The Gunners are 9/1 (Blue Square), with north London rivals Tottenham on offer at 50/1 (Stan James – £25 free bet).