Even with their dip in form, Manchester City remain the Premier League outright favourites. The Citizens got themselves off to a cracking start to the top flight under Pep Guardiola with six straight wins on the bounce, but they have seen their advantage at the top of the pile slip away with just two points collected from the last nine. Their first slip came in a 2-0 defeat at Spurs in early October and with back to back home draws against Everton and Southampton, big questions are now being asked of the Citizens in their push for the title.
Will things come back together for Guardiola’s men? It could get really interesting over the winter for him, because in his time with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep would have enjoyed a winter break. But no so in the Premier League, he will have a busy schedule across cold days and that is when he will need his side to dig in even more. There’s no doubt that the squad is packed with quality and Guardiola is one of the greatest managers in the modern game, so is just a matter of time before the Citizens start stringing wins together against? The are an industry best price of 6/4 to take the league title at online betting site Bet Victor.
Liverpool have shorted a long way into a price of 3/1 second favourites to land the title after putting together a great stretch of form. They opened with a thrilling 4-3 win at Arsenal, but then their title credentials were doubted as they suffered a shock loss at Burnley to follow that up with. However, with a seven match unbeaten streak (W5 D2) from the end of August through to the latter part of October, Jurgen Klopp’s men have found themselves being heavily supported to go all the way and win their first Premier League title. They may not have the defence to go all of the way, but they certainly can boast a powerful, free-scoring attack.
Arsenal, who came so close last season to getting their hands on the elusive piece of silverware, are trading at a price of 5/1 to win the Premier League title this season. Wenger’s men may be a little undervalued here because they are in with a great shot of claiming the title as they have been running in equally good form as Liverpool have. Arsenal have looked a little fresher this season, but generally with the Gunners, it’s not until the final stretch of the season that they start fading away, so punters will naturally have their hesitations over them, particularly after blowing the big shot that they had last season. They remain an enigma, but if Guardiola’s City don’t catch fire again, they may be value to back.
With Manchester United stuttering along under the new reign of Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils have fallen to a big price of 20/1 to win this season’s league title. It may take something really special for them to get their act together for this season’s challenge though and punters won’t particular see a huge amount of value in them. So that leaves the challenges coming in from Tottenham and Chelsea. Spurs of course went close last season, but like Arsenal, faltered in the final stretch when it mattered most, as Leicester were unexpectedly crowned champions. October saw them struggle for returns a bit and their lack of scoring power, compared to that of the likes of Man City and Liverpool may cast doubts over them.
So what of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea? They perhaps remain the strongest challenger to Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal this season. They are able to benefit from a tremendous manager who has made a big change in going with his preferred 3-5-2 formation, a bold move after the 4-4-2 he was going with starting to fall apart for him. He is a boss who makes big calls and key players like Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have looked back at their best and willing to fight. However, the big question mark about them will probably be their defence, which isn’t the quickest. But they should be in with a great shot of a top four place and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League at the very least. With misfires against both Arsenal and Liveprool this season though, do they have genuine title credentials?
Premier League Outright Winner Odds
Man City 6/4, Liverpool 3/1, Arsenal 5/1, Chelsea 6/1, Tottenham 10/1, Man Utd 20/1, 200/1 bar
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