Odds on City defence shorten as Premier League fixtures are announced

Manchester City’s odds to retain their Premier League crown have been cut after the Premier League announced the fixture list for the new season.

City will begin their defence away at Arsenal, with Unai Emery taking charge of The Gunners for the first tine.

Tottenham Hotspur visit Newcastle in an eye-catching opener, before then playing Fulham at Wembley whilst their new White Hart Lane home is completed.

Manchester United host Leicester City at Old Trafford, whilst Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield.

Championship champions Wolverhampton Wanderers host Everton at Molineux, whilst fellow new boys Fulham welcome capital rivals Crystal Palace to Craven Cottage whilst Cardiff are on the road as they visit Bournemouth.

2017 champions Chelsea travel to Huddersfield, whilst Burnley travel to Southampton and Watford entertain Brighton.

After the draw Bookmakers universally cut the odds, and Coral makes Manchester City odds on, at 8-13, to retain their crown.

“Manchester City are our overwhelming favourites to lift the Premier League trophy again next May and after their domination of last season it is hard to see who might be able to get near them. They are the shortest priced of any side to win the title that we can remember for a very long time,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

Liverpool are the 5-1 second favourites ahead of Manchester United (6-1), Chelsea (9-1), Tottenham (11-1) and Arsenal (25-1).

“Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final has prompted us to install them as second favourites, whilst Chelsea are a shorter price that Tottenham despite having finished below them in the table last time around,” added Aitkenhead.

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