With twelve weeks of Premier League football under our belts, we analyze the trends of the ever-changing EPL title odds.
Liverpool should count themselves lucky leaving West London with a point as they fought to a 1-1 draw with a resurgent Fulham side.
Liverpool once again went behind in the first half as Bobby Decordova-Reid netted his fourth league goal of the season with a powerful strike that proved too much for Liverpool keeper’ Alisson to handle.
Fulham had several chances to double their lead but was unable to convert their chances to put the game out of sight.
It did look like Fulham were on their way to three points over the champions, but Liverpool was handed a lifeline as they were awarded a penalty 10 minutes from time; a penalty Mohamed Salah converted for his 10th of the season.
Liverpool could have gone top of the league with a win but instead remain second and level on points with league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool returns to second favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title at odds of +200.
Tough Times for Arsenal
Time is quickly running out for Mikel Arteta who may not be in a job this time next week as Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat to Burnley: their fourth consecutive home loss this season.
It’s the first time that’s happened since 1959 and morale is seriously low at the Emirates. Before the game, Burnley were residing in the relegation zone and had just one win to their name but a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal aided Burnley in their claim for a desperately needed three points.
It was Nicolas Pepe two weeks ago who let down Arsenal with his red card against Leeds United, yesterday it was Granit Xhaka who was sent off, a sending off Mikel Arteta said was “even worse” than Pepe’s.
Arsenal faces Southampton, Everton and Chelsea in their next three games as the situation at Arsenal could get worse if possible.
Arsenal now possesses the eighth-best odds to win the 2020/21 Premier League Title at +20000 and if we were ever to start a relegation race weekly piece, Arsenal would be frontrunners.
Manchester City fought to a majorly disappointing 0-0 draw with Manchester United in a forgettable Manchester derby.
Some people have said it was the worst Manchester derby of all time as both sides were void of creativity, passion and any real urge to win the game.
Both managers seemed to be content with a draw and it suits two sides who haven’t had the greatest of campaigns this season.
It is a third clean sheet in a row for Pep Guardiola and City who finally have some sort of defensive solidity after £300 million of spending (not a dig).
City Still Favorites
Despite the lethargic performance and one that wouldn’t have you raving about Manchester City, they returned as the oddsmaker’s favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title at +163.
It’s five games unbeaten for Manchester United who drew 0-0 with city rivals Manchester City.
After crashing out of the UEFA Champions League just days before, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply could not afford another defeat and looked to set his team up to be difficult to play through and manage the game rather than take control.
United are just three points off the top four and could go ahead of a fifth-placed Chelsea side should they win their game in hand.
Manchester United’s odds to win the title now sits at +1800, only the fifth-best in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s nine-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League has finally come to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Everton.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s first-half penalty was enough to secure all three points for an Everton side desperate for points.
Chelsea’s upcoming schedule is a difficult one and will once again test their potential title credentials as they face the likes of Wolves, Arsenal, and Manchester City in their next five fixtures over the winter period.
Chelsea possesses the fourth-best odds to win the 2020/21 EPL Title this season at +650.
Tottenham Looking Strong
We end this article with the club that currently reigns supreme in the Premier League for the third consecutive week and that is Tottenham Hotspur.
It was two points dropped from Tottenham this weekend as they drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace.
Harry Kane scored his ninth goal of the Premier League season in the first half and the club was 10 minutes away from going two points clear at the top of the table before Jeffrey Schlupp’s late equalizer assured they stay level on points with Liverpool.
The result sets up their clash with Liverpool on Wednesday in even better stead in what will prove to be a fabulous game of football to watch.
For now, Spurs’ title odds sit at +600, the third-ranked in the Premier League alongside Chelsea.