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Premier League title odds: Liverpool drift after Cottagers setback

| 09.08.2022

City remain favourites in Premier League title odds

The Premier League got under way this weekend and Liverpool are already playing catch-up with defending champions Manchester City.

Liverpool twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Championship winners Fulham and City took full advantage as Erling Haaland scored twice in a 2-0 win at West Ham.

The Reds are now 7/2 in the Premier League title odds but what about the other teams expected to challenge for the title this season?

Manchester City

City made the signing of the summer with the £51million capture of Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and the Norwegian could not have asked for a better start in the Premier League as his double got the champions off to a winning start.

Pep Guardiola’s side won the title by a point last season but they are already two clear of runners-up Liverpool.

City fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with the Hammers in the penultimate game of last season but had three times more possession than Sunday’s opponents and that start will already have worried their rivals.

Premier League title odds: 8/15

Liverpool

The Reds were expected to win at a canter on Saturday lunchtime but were lucky to come away with a point from last season’s Championship winners.

Substitute Darwin Nunez and Mo Salah were on target to earn the Reds a point, although Jordan Henderson nearly gave the Reds an ill-deserved victory five minutes from time when his shot struck the crossbar.

Jurgen Klopp found few positives after the trip to west London, where they drew the last time the Cottagers were in the Premier League.

He said: “We started exactly the opposite way than we wanted.

“We are used to more dominance and we couldn’t get that because we played just not good enough, not quick enough, not precise enough, all these kind of things.

“I’m really fine with the point. I know we could have won the game – that wouldn’t have made our performance a little bit better, but we could have.

“The performance was a defeat. The result is not a defeat but the performance was a defeat. So that’s why we have to figure out what happened. That’s not us.”

Premier League title odds: 7/2

Tottenham

Spurs fell behind at home to Southampton but battled back to post a 4-1 victory on the opening weekend of the season.

James Ward-Prowse volleyed Saints in front from the edge of the box but Ryan Sessegnon, Eric Dier, a Mohammed Salisou own goal and the impressive Dejan Kulusevski competed an excellent turnaround.

Manager Antonio Conte said: “We won three important points but the most important thing was the way we got three points, with really good football, with the ball, without the ball, with important pressure, also the way we decided to win the ball after we lost it was another important aspect.

“We are working to implement football knowledge over the last season. For sure, we have seen this team have seven months of work on its back.”

Spurs were 12/1 to win the title at the start of the season but Saturday’s win has made no difference to their odds.

Premier League title odds: 12/1

Chelsea

The Blues started their campaign with a scrappy 1-0 win at injury-hit Everton where Jorginho’s penalty deep into first-half stoppage time settled the outcome.

Chelsea brought in Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella on Friday in a deal worth more than £60m, with Marcos Alonso set to join Barcelona, and the former made his debut off the bench.

Kalidou Koulibaly made an impressive bow at centre-back but Raheem Sterling failed to score on his competitive debut.

Premier League title odds: 14/1

Arsenal

The Gunners were worthy 2-0 winners at Crystal Palace on Friday in the first top-flight match of the season and their odds have shortened from 25/1 to 20/1 as a consequence.

Gabriel Jesus made his competitive debut but it was his namesake Martinelli who got the ball rolling with a first-half header, with another new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko providing the assist.

Arsenal looked full of energy but more importantly were strong in the tackle, no more so than William Saliba who enjoyed a brilliant debut at centre-back.

“I’m really pleased,” said manager Mikel Arteta. “Three points and a clean sheet against a really difficult opponent and a really tough place.

“You don’t win here without resilience. We experienced that last season, we started in a really different way than we did last season when we were here.”

Premier League title odds: 20/1

Manchester United

Erik ten Hag’s reign as Manchester United could not have got off to a worse start as his new charges went down to a 2-1 home defeat by Brighton, a result the Dutchman described as “unnecessary”.

The Seagulls twice caught out the hosts on the counter-attack as two first-half goals from Pascal Gross paved the way for a famous win.

Wantaway striker Cristiano Ronaldo came on as a 53rd-minute substitute but failed to make an impact.

Ten Hag said: “I think it was a good start and then after (the first goal) we dropped down a level, dropped down in belief and we made mistakes and the opponent punished us.”

The Red Devils were 33/1 at the start of the season but those odds have drifted to 50/1 on the back of Sunday’s result.

Premier League title odds: 50/1

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner