Bookies think there's more chance of a top-half finish, than relegation
With Leeds securing automatic promotion in smart fashion, bookies have been quick to price up how the side will fare in the Premier League.
bet365 have released odds on outright winner, top four, top six, top half and relegation. Oh, and they’ve priced up the season-long battle with Manchester United.
Starting with Leeds, bookies have priced the Whites as 500/1 shots to do the unthinkable and win the league on their return after 16 years.
If you’re not quite as optimistic as that, it’s 100/1 that Marcelo Bielsa’s side finish in the top four and secure Champions League football.
It’s 33/1 that Leeds finish in the top six and consequently qualify for at least the Europa League.
A top-half finish seems very manageable, according to the bookies, priced at just 9/4 that Leeds finish in the upper echelon of the table.
That means it’s more likely that Leeds finish in the top half than are relegated, currently priced at 7/2 to go down.
One of the more novel markets offered by bookies is a season-long match bet with bitter rivals Manchester United.
It's 14/1 that Bielsa’s side finish above Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s come the end of the season.
Leading football stats site, WhoScored.com, revealed that Leeds are really well set because of their team ethic over individuals.
They were their top-rated team this season (6.86) despite only having one player in their team of the season from an individual perspective.
Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: "There is going to be plenty of interest surrounding Leeds United's endeavours back in the Premier League next season, and it's looking tough to predict how they'll get on.
"While it's easy to look upwards and start dreaming about lofty top-half finishes, Leeds are still a newly-promoted club and must re-establish themselves, so survival is the top priority for Marcelo Bielsa."
Leeds United odds for 2020/21 Premier League (bet365)
Winner - 500/1
Top four - 100/1
Top six - 33/1
Top half - 9/4
Relegation - 7/2
Finish above Manchester United - 14/1
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