In just over a month of EPL action, the championship futures have undergone drastic changes, mostly due to Chelsea’s poor start to the season. After five fixtures and a bunch of unexpected results, it’s time to reset the 2015-16 title odds:
Manchester City (5/2): Man City have had a perfect start to the season, winning all five of their matches to date, scoring ten goals without conceding a single tally. Manuel Pellegrini’s team is playing with confidence, led by three veterans on offense Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, and David Silva. All three have two EPL titles to their name and are eagerly looking for a third. The way Man City played in their 3-0 win over Chelsea tells you they are out for blood this year.
Arsenal (5/1): The Gunners made a leap from third to second over the first five matches of the year (surpassing Chelsea). Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League since 2004, though, and are already five points back of City in the table.
Manager Arsene Wenger wants to make this a defensive-minded squad that can take three points from any stadium, even if that means winning 1-0 every weekend. The question is whether the Frenchman has enough talent and depth on the roster to juggle a gruelling schedule of EPL and the UEFA Champions League action.
Manchester United (10/1): Unlike Man City and Arsenal, Manchester United still have to show us what kind of team they want to be this season. Louis Van Gaal is a tactician, but his team has had serious problems finding the net, and if Wayne Rooney or Memphis Depay are having a bad day, the squad has virtually no offense to speak of.
Also five points back of City, United need to be near perfect from here on out. Given that Van Gaal’s little project seems to be taking some time to develop, 2015-16 likely won’t be their season.
Chelsea (12/1): It’s hard to understand what happened to Chelsea over the first month of the season. One of the best teams on the planet – and the defending league champs – have lost three of their first five fixtures, allowing an EPL-worst 12 goals.
Chelsea will, in all likelihood, turn things around, but they already have a huge mountain to climb, sitting 11 points back of City.
Liverpool (80/1): Liverpool have taken a huge leap. Unfortunately, they leapt backwards. The Reds started the season at 20/1 and are now at 80/1 after posting a 2-1-2 record to date. Most EPL enthusiasts think coach Brendan Rodgers won’t last until the end of the year.
- Tottenham: 400/1
- Everton: 750/1
- Crystal Palace: 1000/1
- Southampton: 1000/1
- Swansea: 1000/1
- Leicester: 1500/1
- Stoke City: 1500/1
- West Brom: 1500/1
- West Ham: 1500/1
- Aston Villa: 2000/1
- Newcastle: 3000/1
- Bournemouth: 4500/1
- Norwich: 4500/1
- Sunderland: 4500/1
- Watford: 4500/1
(Photo credit: CFCUnofficial (Chelsea Debs) (flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode]. Photo has been cropped.)