20 betting stats ahead of the 2018-19 season

1/33 – Paris Saint-Germain are as low as 1/33 on some betting exchanges to win Ligue 1. If they don’t, it would be one of the biggest betting upsets in history.

1/20 – Some bookmakers are as low as 1/20 on Celtic winning the Scottish Premiership, meaning a £20 bet would make £1 profit. In the past few seasons, several bookmakers have paid out on Celtic after just a few weeks.

8/13 – Manchester City start the Premier League season odds-on to retain the title. No team has started the season with such low odds before.

4/6 – Whether Portuguese maestro Cristiano Ronaldo arrives or not, Juventus are big favourites to win the Scudetto again at odds of 4/6 (Bet365).

2/1 – Harry Kane is favourite with BetStars to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

9/4 – Cardiff City are favourites to finish bottom of the Premier League (Sky Bet).

3rd – Real Madrid are third favourites at 15/2 (Paddy Power) to win the UEFA Champions League, despite winning four of the last five trophies. Manchester City are 11/2 favourites, despite never making it past the semi-final stage.

9/2 – Mohamed Salah’s odds are more than double Harry Kane’s to win the Premier League Golden Boot, despite the Egyptian outscoring the England striker last season.

9/2 – ‘Sleeping Giants’ Aston Villa are 9/2 with Coral to get promoted back to the Premier League. The Villans had 28 consecutive seasons in the top flight before their 2015-16 relegation. You can check out the latest Coral offers to back the giants to wake up.

6/1 – Stoke City are favourites with most bookmakers to ‘bounce-back’ and win the Championship.

6/1 – Chelsea are favourites to win the Europa League. They won it six years ago, but they came through the Champions League route that time.

9 – 45% of the 20 Premier League clubs will have betting companies as the main sponsor on their shirts during the 2018-19 season.

12/1 – The best odds (888sport) for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers to win the Scottish Premiership and stop Celtic from winning their eighth title in a row.

26.999% – Of the 30 teams relegated to the Championship in the last 10 seasons, nine have won promotion back to the Premier League the following season, giving Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion a statistical chance of just under 27%.

33 – Number of seasons since any team outside of Glasgow won the Scottish Premiership. Sir Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen were the last team to do so in 1984-85. Aberdeen are 20/1 to win this year.

40/1 – Sunderland, who suffered the ignominy of ‘double relegation’ over the past two seasons can be backed at 40/1 (Bet365) to drop to League Two. They are actually clear favourites at 3/1 to win the League One title.

67% – Nearly two-thirds of Champions League bets have been placed on Juventus (14/1) in recent days – undoubtedly fueled by the rumours Cristiano Ronaldo is coming to Turin.

200/1 – Leicester City have been given odds of 200/1 to win the Premier League by William Hill. They were 5,000/1 when they won in 2015-16.

250/1 – Accrington Stanley, a side who performed heroics to win League Two last season, are the rank outsiders for the League One title at 250/1 (SkyBet).

2000/1 – The bookmakers have learned a lesson over Leicester City’s Premier League title win. Cardiff City have the biggest odds this season (Bet365), but they are 60% shorter than the Foxes were in that remarkable season.