Football expert Ryan Elliott has put together a monster 867/1 five-fold league winners accumulator!
Premier League Winner: Man CitySee All Odds
Kicking-off our monster five-fold, I have Man City winning the Premier League.
While Liverpool beat them out of sight last season, it’s generally harder to retain the Premier League than win it. Only once has the Premier League been retained since 2009, and I just don’t believe Liverpool can possibly reach the same astronomic levels as last season.
Furthermore, the arrivals of Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake will significantly improve the already-outstanding squad—particularly the latter—and I suspect Pep Guardiola isn’t done yet.
It’s looking like a two-horse race once again, but there’s absolutely no chance City will be as inconsistent as last season which, combined with Liverpool’s huge task of maintaining their near-perfect levels , will result in the Cityzens regaining the league.
League One Winner: Peterborough UnitedSee All Odds
At a very juicy 9/1, I have Peterborough winning League One.
Yes, Posh are perennial under-achievers at this level and yes, they’ve lost the prolific Ivan Toney, but that doesn’t put me off them.
Darren Ferguson’s men were mounting a very impressive promotion push at the end of last season before COVID struck, and I’m confident they use this injustice to spur themselves on.
Jonson Clarke-Harris from Bristol Rovers is a good replacement for Toney, and he joins a pretty stacked League One squad, who really should have already found their way back into the Championship by now.
I’m not so hot on League One favourites Sunderland, while fellow juggernauts Portsmouth are still seeing fraction develop between Kenny Jackett and the fans.
Oxford United, who reached last season’s play-off final, also look a pretty good price in this market, but I’d still suggest taking 8/1 for the Posh to complete a title-winning campaign.
League Two Winner: Cheltenham TownSee All Odds
At what looks a massive 16/1, I’m backing Cheltenham Town to win League Two.
The Robins absolutely threw away their promotion hopes in last year’s play-off semi against Northampton, but they’ll be confident of developing further under Michael Duff this season to get the job done properly.
It was Cheltenham’s excellent defence which catapulted them into promotion contention last season. In total, just 27 goals were conceded in the league—by far the best record of the bunch—and looking at the market as a whole, I simply can’t see past backing this Cheltenham side, who I’m convinced will only improve and grow following last year’s events.
Bolton and Salford simply look too short at 5/1 and 13/2 respectively, while Exeter and Mansfield are two sides who have consistently fallen short of what’s been expected of them – the Grecians in particular specialists in play-off final failure.
Tranmere are the other side who are potentially worth backing, but we saw how good Cheltenham were in League Two last season, while Tranmere, who were relegated from League One, are perhaps still an unknown quantity in some areas.
Cheltenham, along with Exeter, were the ‘best of the rest’ last season, and at 16s they’re worth including into this acca.
La Liga Winner: Real Madrid
Looking abroad next, where I have Real Madrid winning La Liga.
While Zinedine Zidane’s men were excellent in their own right last season, it’s the issues with their arch-rivals Barcelona which has convinced me to back Los Blancos.
The Lionel Messi saga aside, Barca will still have to adapt to life under new boss Ronald Koeman, and the issues with their ageing and declining squad still persist.
Essentially swapping Arthur for Miralem Pjanic is exactly an example of this type of thinking. The Bosnian is a great player in his own right, but he’s 30, and he’s still not really what the side needs.
As for Real, they’ve not exactly been splashing the cash this window, but after seeing how good they were at both ends of the pitch last season, I’m not too surprised. Defensively they were outstanding, and while Karim Benzema is getting on a bit and Eden Hazard unconvincing in his first term, Real are still by far the strongest side in Spain at this moment.
Primeira Liga Winner: Benfica
Finally, after a bumper transfer window, I have Benfica winning the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
While Porto are the current champions, Benfica have played a blinder this summer. Striker Darwin Nunez comes in after being courted by a number of top European clubs, including ones in the Premier League, while Luca Waldschmidt, who joins from Freiburg, is one of Germany’s most exciting young strikers.
Jan Vertonghen joining on a free is also a serious coup, and will add some fantastic experience to the side.
Benfica have won five of the last seven Portuguese league titles, and with such a good transfer window under their belts, I make them pretty big favourites over a Porto side who have a very quiet summer themselves.