Chelsea are now a best price of just 4/9 to win the title ahead of two huge games – against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night, and then vs Arsenal at Stamford Bridge next Saturday.
Antonio Conte’s side lost to both of those rivals in September, and also lost to Spurs earlier this month – but they are still 8 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.
At that point, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City had an 8 point lead over Chelsea, and were 4/6 favourites for the title after winning their first six games of the season. But having elected to play this season without a goalkeeper, they are now as big as 22/1 with Sky Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair – having fallen 12 points behind the leaders.
Meanwhile, Spurs were still available at 18/1 at that time, despite an impressive start to the season – but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now 8/1 second favourites for the title, with Arsenal at 9/1 and Liverpool now 14/1 after their shock defeat to Swansea.
Finally, despite extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 matches with their 1-1 draw at Stoke, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are now as big as 40/1.
It’s beginning to look like a one-horse race – but defeat at Anfield for the leaders on Tuesday would change the picture significantly.
|Sky Bet, Paddy Power, Betfair|
|Manchester United||40/1||Bet365, Sky Bet|
Latest Relegation Odds
At the bottom of the table, Sunderland and Hull are considered near certainties for the drop by the bookmakers – at best odds of 1/5 and 1/4 respectively.
Our 13/2 pre-season tip for relegation, Crystal Palace, are the other team now in the bottom three, and yet it’s Swansea who are the 13/10 third favourites to go down, in spite of their recent win at Selhurst Park, plus Saturday’s stunning victory at Anfield.
Palace have won only one of their last 15 league matches and have lost the last four, with few signs so far that Sam Allardyce can revive their fortunes.
Swansea, meanwhile, have won four of the last 10 to lift themselves from the foot of the table. The Eagles’ problems didn’t start this season of course, if you go back over their last 41 league fixtures you’ll see they have yielded a total of just 27 points.
Little doubt, therefore, that they are in a sustained period of relegation form – and the only thing that appears to be in their favour is that most of the better teams in the division have already visited Selhurst this term.
They will need to pick up plenty of points at home though, with their last five away games being at Chelsea, Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester City and United. At best price 13/8 with Paddy Power, they look a better bet than Swansea right now.
Many firms will be hoping that Leicester don’t drop into the bottom three – having built up big liabilities over the summer when the champions were as big as 40/1 to go down. The Foxes are now at 10/1 after just one win in their last 13 league games.
|Leicester||10/1||Coral, Sky Bet|