Premier League title odds: City stay ahead of leaders Chelsea
Premier League title odds and contenders
The latest international break for the World Cup qualifiers gives us the chance to reflect on the Premier League title odds after another enthralling weekend.
The best game took place at Anfield where Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City played out a thrilling 2-2 draw during which all four goals were scored in the second half.
Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League since losing at Tottenham on the opening weekend and are 10/11 to retain their title.
City had a tough nine-day spell in which they took four points off title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, but in between lost 2-0 at PSG in the Champions League.
Although the French giants are favourites to win the group, both teams are 4/1 co-favourites to win Europe’s premier club competition for the first time.
Well done boys. Had chances to win it but well fought back and a good point 💙 pic.twitter.com/85HeOI6QrF
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) October 3, 2021
Guardiola was happy with the way his side responded to the defeat in the French capital, twice coming back from a goal down to pick up a point against the Merseysiders.
He said: “Always I believe the way a team loses shows how good a team is and the way we lost in Paris shows me we are good.”
City have one of the best squads in the Premier League which Guardiola regularly rotates and they remain the team to beat this season.
The Blues remain City’s main rivals after moving to the top of the table before the international break with a 3-1 victory over Southampton.
"We deserved to win." 👊
Thoughts from the boss. 👇
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 3, 2021
Thomas Tuchel’s side were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City and Juventus in the Premier League and Champions League respectively, and looked to be heading for a disappointing draw against Saints until midfielder James Ward-Prowse was sent off after a VAR review 13 minutes from time.
The European champions have been boosted by the return to form of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, so with a favourable run of fixtures in October and the start of November they can be backed at 5/2 in the Premier League title odds.
The Reds are not far behind at 4/1 although those odds would have been shorter had they held on to the lead they took in sensational fashion through Mo Salah’s mazy wonder goal against City.
Mo Salah is just absolutely unbelievable at football.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2021
That draw means Liverpool remain the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League, trailing leaders Chelsea by one point heading into the break.
Liverpool are up against Manchester United, Brighton, West Ham and Arsenal in their next five matches, so we may discover during that spell whether they can repeat their title triumph from two seasons ago.
Fourth-placed United stumbled into the international break having gone close to back-to-back home defeats in the Premier League.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2021
Aston Villa bagged a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford and Everton thought they had picked up a late win a week later only for Yerry Mina’s close-range finish to be ruled out for offside by VAR.
That let-off came three days after Cristiano Ronaldo had come to United’s rescue in the Champions League with a winner against Villarreal in the fifth minute of stoppage time, having lost their group opener at Young Boys.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are 16/1 in the Premier League title odds despite only being two points behind leaders Chelsea, although their next four opponents are Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
Best of the rest
Arsenal’s resurgence under Mikel Arteta has seen then cut from 150/1 to 80/1 in the title race despite being in the bottom half of the table.
An impressive north London derby success against out-of-sorts Tottenham was their third successive victory, although their winning run ended with a goalless draw at Brighton before the international break.
Everton have lost just once this season and are 200/1 in the Premier League title odds, the same price as West Ham who lost 2-1 at home to Brentford to drop to ninth in the table.
Aston Villa, Brighton, Spurs and Leicester are all available at 250/1.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication