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Liverpool, Man United, Man City & Spurs: Who’s in the title race?

| 22.01.2017

A few weeks ago, they couldn’t stop winning. Fast forward to this weekend though, and Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur remarkably all dropped points.

But what does that mean for each side’s title chances?

Ladbrokes News takes a look at the quartet’s odds prior to the Sunday kick-offs, starting with a once so high-flying Jurgen Klopp squad…

Liverpool – 10/1

It’s a day the Reds will want to forget, having lost their first league game at Anfield in almost a year to a side who were rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Although it was just their third defeat of the season, amazingly each of those losses have come against sides currently in the bottom-half of the table.

They’re seven points off league leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand. And a win for Arsenal this afternoon would see them fall into fourth place for the first time since early November.

While Klopp’s men always seem to turn up for the big games, it’s likely complacency against the smaller sides will prevent them from league success this season.

Can they win the league? NO.

Manchester United – 25/1

They may not have admitted it, but prior to yesterday’s draw at Stoke City, United would have considered themselves to have been well and truly in this title race.

A victory against the Potters would have put them nine points off Chelsea, with a generous run of fixtures to come.

However, a late Wayne Rooney strike could only equal the score in Staffordshire yesterday, meaning that a win for Antonio Conte’s men today would see them some 14 points ahead of the Red Devils.

Rooney himself described yesterday’s draw as ‘two points lost’, and it’s time for Jose Mourinho to reconsider his ambitions for the remainder of the season.

Can they win the league? NO.

Manchester City – 10/1

One minute of last night’s game against Tottenham turned Pep Guardiola’s City side from title contenders into top four hopefuls.

2-1 up, with 14 minutes to go, Raheem Sterling broke clear of Kyle Walker and was clean through on goal before a clear push from the defender put the city forward off, forcing his shot wide.

The players appealed for a penalty and a red card, but nothing was given. Pep, on the touchline, was screaming at the fourth official, while Spurs were busy launching an attack of their own.

Of course, you know what happened next.

And with Tottenham’s only two shots on target of the game finding the net, they spent the rest of the 90 minutes playing for the draw.

A win would have put City just six points behind Chelsea. The actual outcome, however, means it’s now just one win in four Premier League outings for the Manchester outfit.

Hardly the form of potential champions.

Can they win the league? NO.

Tottenham – 7/1

City’s opponents, however, will have been delighted with yesterday’s draw.

Though it ended a seven-game winning streak in all competitions, it put them one point closer to Conte’s men.

Fans with have certainly taken a point prior to kick-off last night at the Etihad. But the manner in which Spurs went about their business will have delighted travelling supporters.

They hardly saw the ball, created little in the way of clear-cut chances, and were dodgy at the back.

Yet they still scored twice and grabbed a crucial point.

They have it all to do if they’re to lift the title in May, but their performance at the weekend will have given them a huge confidence boost.

Can they win the league? YES.

What do fans think? Can anyone catch Chelsea up at the top of the table?

Have your say in the comments section below!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.