It’s been three weeks since we last updated the Premier League odds and what we’ve seen since is a more concentrated group at the top. Manchester City (9-3-1, 30 points) and Chelsea (10-1-2, 31 points) are equal favorites to take the Premiership but Liverpool (9-3-1, 30 points) are close behind. A little further back is Arsenal (8-4-1, 28 points), who sit three points from the top of the ladder.
Chelsea are currently at the top with 31 points, with Liverpool and Manchester City just below on 30 points. But that can all change after this week. City will take on Chelsea this Saturday for the biggest game of the season so far. Meanwhile Liverpool will have an easier draw against Bournemouth. Those two games will decide who ends up on top after the 14th fixture.
Arsenal remain a full win below the top, so they will have to wait a little longer before they have first place within striking distance.
After the Gunners come Tottenham Hotspurs (24 points) and Manchester United (20 points), who are more or less out of contention already.
As it stands, it’s neck-and-neck between the top three — Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool.
If Manchester City can beat Chelsea at home this weekend, they will establish themselves as the favorites to take home the Premiership. Under Pep Guardiola, Yaya Toure has once again become a pivotal part of the team and Kevin de Bruyne has developed into a world-class attacking midfielder.
Following two straight losses, Chelsea have won their last seven consecutive games. With no international cups to worry about (thanks to a brutal 2015-16 season), the Blues are able to direct all their attention to winning the Premiership.
If we just look at the last month or so in the EPL, Chelsea are by far the best team in the Premier League. Their 5-0 crushing of Everton was the best performance we’ve seen from an EPL side in a very long time.
Liverpool have four players who have scored more than four goals in the EPL so far. They remain the best attacking team in the league and have managed to tighten up on defense. Since we last updated the odds (Nov. 2), Liverpool has only conceded one goal.
It’s been over a decade since Arsenal won the league and they’re going to have to make up some ground if they want to end the drought. They have been inconsistent of late, drawing 1-1 with United in a game they deserved to lose.
Manchester United: 50/1
Photo credit: “Chelsea players celebrate Diego Costa’s goal against Leicester City” by Ben Sutherland, CC BY-SA 2.0 [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0], via Flickr.
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