By: Fasika Zelealem
Liverpool Odds Against Manchester City
Guys, it’s official, Liverpool are PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! The Merseyside club’s first-ever Premier League title and first league title since 1990 was confirmed after Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.
The triumph took over the news that night and the following day as one of the most infamous droughts in British football was ended 31 games into the season. Footage of Liverpool players and staff watching the Chelsea and Man City game went viral as well as their celebrations when Willian’s late penalty put Chelsea 2-1 up.
Jurgen Klopp was in tears when being interviewed on Sky Sports as well as captain Jordan Henderson who became the first Liverpool captain to lead his team to a Premier League trophy. It was a special day for everyone involved with Liverpool Football Club and a sad one for those associated with Manchester City.
Not only did they lose the battle against Chelsea, but they inevitably lost the war to Liverpool and in spectacular fashion.
To add insult to injury, Pep Guardiola confirmed his City team will give a guard of honor to Liverpool; a customary tradition that one team claps for the newly crowned champions. However, they can gain some redemption back when they host Liverpool on Thursday evening.
Despite an encouraging start to the restart with a 3-0 win over Arsenal and a 5-0 crushing victory over Burnley, City slipped to an eighth league defeat against Chelsea. City has lost two more games than Wolves (who did the double over them) and have lost the same amount of games as ninth-placed Arsenal this season.
Liverpool Odds After Being Crowned Champions
Liverpool on the other hand, bounced back from a 0-0 draw against Everton to absolutely dominate Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield. It was the first time an opposition side had no touches in their opponent’s box since OptaStats began tracking that statistic in 2008.
In recent seasons, Liverpool and City have been tough to separate. In their last six league meetings, both clubs have won twice, lost twice and drawn twice. Liverpool did come out on top 3-1 in their last meeting back in November last year.
Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool doing the double over City open at +230, while odds on City defeating the new champions opens at +100. Odds on a draw between the two most recent Premier League champions opens at +275.
Can Liverpool break the Premier League points record?
Liverpool is currently on 86 points with seven games left in the season and no team in Premier League history has had more points at this stage of the season. The current points record is 100, set by Manchester City in their 2017/18 title-winning season.
If Liverpool wins every remaining game this season, they will finish on 107 points, however, they still have to play the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
They can afford to lose two more games this season while winning the other five and I for one will not count out the champions from making history yet again.