Premier League title odds: Reds 8/1 to reel in champions City
Reds 8/1 in Premier League title odds
Manchester City dropped points for the first time since October in a 1-1 draw at Southampton over the weekend as the Premier League headed into the winter break and the title race may not be over just yet.
Second-placed Liverpool took full advantage by winning 3-1 at Crystal Palace to cut the gap on the champions to nine points although the Reds still have a game in hand.
City’s Premier League title odds have been shortened slightly from 1/16 to 1/10, but could there be more twists and turns before the end of the season?
City’s 12-match winning run came to an end at the weekend, although Saints were hanging on against the Premier League leaders who enjoyed 74% possession and took 20 shots, seven of which were on target.
Manager Pep Guardiola insists the title fight is not over after the game at St Mary’s.
He said: “We know how difficult it is and I don’t need to win, draw or lose to know that we still have a lot of games to play. What we have to do is try to behave and play the way we played today.
“Even winning today, the title race would not be over. In January, no one is champion, there are many games that must be played.”
Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was in full agreement with his manager, telling City TV: “We have a little bit of a gap but we want to try and maintain that.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 25, 2022
“Sometimes when you win a lot of games that is the moment where you slow down a little bit, but we’re trying to keep that level up and keep the intensity up as much as we can.
“We have been able to do that quite a few times over the years. We know it’s not over because we’ve done it in the past – been behind that many points and turned it around. It (the lead) can go quickly but hopefully it doesn’t, obviously.”
Unlike Liverpool, City remained largely untouched from losing players to the Africa Cup of Nations and they can soon welcome back winger Riyad Mahrez whose Algerian team put up a pitiful title defence in finishing bottom of their group.
City face Brentford and Norwich in their next two games which they follow with matches against Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United, so an interesting few weeks are on the horizon.
Despite the absence of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane on international duty, the Reds have narrowed the gap on City, although they were slightly fortunate to pick up three points at Crystal Palace over the weekend.
Liverpool dominated the opening 35 minutes but lost their rhythm and needed a late, controversial penalty to make the points safe during a week in which they had beaten Arsenal 2-0 to reach the Carabao Cup final.
Manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I don’t understand but 100 per cent a bit of a fatigue problem but we are not the first team to have that. Obviously after being 2-0 up and after a super intense week, we just decided to have a little break on the pitch but that is not possible.
Jürgen Klopp relished ‘a big three points’ after the Reds had to grind out a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace 👇
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 23, 2022
“In these moments the chances Palace had were all set up by us pretty much, we gave the ball away in the wrong moment and these sorts of things, so that is what happened. but why?
“If we had played the 90 minutes how we started it would have been a tough afternoon for Crystal Palace and it could have been a draw or whatever, so I am over the moon with this result, it was so important for us.”
The Merseysiders now have a two-week break before they face Cardiff in the FA Cup, followed by a clash with Leicester on February 10, and they are priced at 8/1 in the Premier League title odds.
Their next two games are against relegation-threatened Burnley and Norwich, so they will be looking to take maximum points from those matches before they face West Ham, Brighton and Manchester United in March.
Best of the rest
There is a massive gap between the teams below Liverpool in the table, with Chelsea the next best in the Premier League title odds at 80/1.
Manager Thomas Tuchel complained his side were “mentally and physically tired” after a 1-1 draw against Brighton, but their verve returned for a deserved 2-0 win against London rivals Tottenham.
The Blues are 10 points behind City and have played a game more, so they will need the champions and second-placed Liverpool to implode if they are to win the Premier League for the first time in five years.
Tottenham are 21 points behind City but have played three games fewer and are available at 150/1 to land the big one.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication