The perceived “Big 6” of English football are Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham and, such is their dominance, you can have odds of 250/1 and upwards about any other team winning the 2019/20 Premier League.
The great news if you want to follow a different team, is that many bookies are offering Premier League Without Big Betting. This allows you to bet on which of the other 14 Premier League teams finishes highest at the end of the season.
Check out our team-by-team guide, analysis, and tip for the 2019/20 Premier League Betting Without Big 6.
Premier League 2019/20 Without Big 6 Team-By-Team Guide
The second-best team on Merseyside may currently live in the shadow of neighbours Liverpool but Everton have an excellent record in the Premier League without big 6 betting market. They’ve won it four times in the last nine years, with their last victory coming in 2016/17. Since then, they’ve finished eighth in the last two seasons, but they’ve been quiet in the summer transfer market and others may improve past them.
Wolves didn’t better 15th place in their first four seasons in the Premier League but made an instant impact when returning after a six-year absence last season. Nuno Santo’s team took points off several of the big teams last season and, despite the disappointment of losing their FA Cup semi-final, they bounced back strongly to clinch seventh place in the Premier League and a spot in Europe. The problem is that European football may prove an early distraction, as it did for Burnley last season.
Leicester returned to the Premier League five seasons ago and, despite looking certainties for relegation at Christmas, they stormed up the table in the second half of the season to finish 14th. Of course, they exponentially elevated that progression the following season when they pulled off the biggest Premier League shock of all-time by winning the title. 12th next year was disappointing, and their troubles continued with the sad death of their ex-chairman in a helicopter crash.
Since then, managers have come and gone, but the appointment of proven winner Brendan Rogers towards the end of last season was a positive move. Rogers should get the best out of proven hitman Jamie Vardy this season and the signings of Tielemans and Perez should see Leicester better last year’s ninth-place finish.
West Ham 11/1
West Ham have been in the Premier League for the last seven seasons, posting a best finish of seventh in 2015/16, when they finished second in the betting without big 6 market behind Southampton. Either side of that, they have consistently finished between 10th and 13th. The reason for believing they could finish higher this season is that manager Manuel Pellegrini wasn’t appointed until May 2018 and had little time to judge the talents at his disposal. With another year under his belt, and the record signing of Sebastien Haller to bolster his strike-force, West Ham could offer some value.
Crystal Palace 16/1
Palace finished 12th last season but they could struggle if key-striker Wilfried Zaha is transferred to a bigger club, which seems highly likely. Manager Roy Hodgson will then have money to spend, but his new signings may take too long to bed in.
The Saints landed the Premier League betting without the Big 6 market for punters in 2014/15 and 2015/16 and finished eight the following season. However, they’ve finished 17th and 16th in the last two seasons and, though they may improve under their manager’s first full season in charge, they may not be ready to climb this high again yet.
Watford looked set for their first top-half finish in the Premier League for much of last season but a last game defeat at home against West Ham saw the Hammers relegate them to 11th position. That doesn’t tell the whole story though as, after winning their FA Cup semi-final, Watford took their pedal off the gas, winning just four points from their final six games. They only finished seven points behind Wolves and could close that gap this season if landing some of their summer transfer targets.
Bournemouth are hard to fancy after a poor second-half last season, whilst it’s hard to believe that Steve Bruce is going to make Newcastle a better side than Rafa Benitez did. Newly promoted Norwich and Sheffield United will surely be happy to avoid relegation, but Villa have been spending heavily and won this market back in 2009/10.
Brighton are fancied to struggle again this season, whilst Burnley will do well to repeat their seventh place in 2017/18, with the mid-table teams looking stronger than they did then.
Premier League Without Big 6 Summary
Wolves may repeat last year’s success but don’t look a value bet with the distraction of European football. Everton could challenge but haven’t made the big signings that Leicester have this season, and Leicester are the preferred choice of the front three in the betting.
However, the best value bets could be West Ham and Watford. Both teams progressed under new management last season and those managers could help them take another step up the ladder this season. West Ham are the stronger fancy of the two having signed Sebastien Haller, but the Watford players should also be motivated for further success having reached the FA Cup Final last season.