Premier League title odds: City slashed again after win against Chelsea
City 1/16 in Premier League title odds
Manchester City’s Premier League title odds were slashed from 1/12 to 1/16 on the back of last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea.
Kevin De Bruyne’s glorious strike 20 minutes from time stretched City’s lead at the top to 13 points, although that was trimmed to 11 by Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Brentford more than 24 hours later.
The Merseysiders must hope for an almighty blip from City if they are to wrest the title from their grasp, but Jurgen Klopp has not yet given up hope.
City may have got away with it when they faced Arsenal on New Year’s Day, but they were deserved winners against Chelsea who had one shot on target.
Pep Guardiola described their 12th successive victory as a crucial one to their hopes of winning a fourth Premier League title in five seasons.
PEP 💬 We can't forget the team we played. European champion. And on the touchline you realise how incredible they are. They wait for the transition to punish us. How good they defend, we create enough chances to win. We had the intention to win the game from minute one. pic.twitter.com/meuoSCQlbv
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 15, 2022
He said: “All the players gave everything and it was an important victory because they are a big contender. When you get three points (against them) they cannot, of course, and it is one week less.”
City have still not made any signings during the transfer window and they have Riyad Mahrez away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, but the way they are playing it seems unlikely they will need new recruits.
The defending champions travel to Southampton on Saturday when they can go further clear at the top for at least 24 hours.
The Reds firmly remain City’s nearest title rivals having beaten Brentford comfortably on Sunday without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Liverpool are still 11/1 in the Premier League title odds and Jurgen Klopp concedes that in any other year City’s sort of lead would be unassailable but in a campaign being stretched by Covid-19, injuries and match postponements, he believes there remains a glimmer of hope.
Read the reaction from the boss after today's win against Brentford 👇 #LIVBRE
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 16, 2022
He said: “We don’t have to convince anyone outside to believe. If they want to believe they can believe. If you are with us, you will enjoy the ride and we will go for everything. We are ready to go as much as we can.
“This is not the situation to talk about a title fight, it’s 11 points now with one game in hand. In a normal world nothing happens anymore but what is normal nowadays? We try to do our part, there is nothing else to do.”
On Sunday, the Merseysiders are at Crystal Palace, one of only two teams to beat Manchester City this season, and only three points will suffice if they are to keep the pressure on the champions.
The Blues slumped from 28/1 to 66/1 on the back of their narrow defeat at the Etihad Stadium, then drifted again to 80/1 following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton who fully deserved at least a point.
At the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea’s best chance came in the second half when Mateo Kovacic sent Romelu Lukaku clear but the Belgium striker was denied by Brazilian keeper Ederson, with Hakim Ziyech firing over the rebound.
Thomas Tuchel criticised his side’s attack in Manchester, saying: ”In terms of attitude, commitment and defensive-wise I am happy, we did not allow too many big chances, we kept them to a minimum of big chances.
A word from Thomas after #MciChe… 💬
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2022
“But our offensive players need to show up more. We need consistency. We could have had much more chances if we played with better timing, better precision.
“That you miss chances, there is no problem in that, but we could have had much more chances. That’s what I’m critical about.”
The Blues face London rivals Tottenham for the third time in 19 days this weekend having won both legs of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
Victory will keep the pressure on Liverpool, but the west Londoners look like they are fighting it out for second spot.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication