Manchester City now 8/1 to win 2010/11 Premier League
September 27, 2010 | In: Articles
It’s been an exciting start to the football season and Saturday’s result at Eastlands has thrown the title race momentarily wide open. Even at this early stage of the campaign, Chelsea were threatening to steal a march over the competition and Manchester City’s victory may well have had Sir Alex Ferguson cheering!
As far as the Premier League title odds are concerned, the bookmakers are still very much expecting Chelsea to be the side that finishes top at the end of the season. Roberto Mancini claimed ahead of Saturday’s match that the Blues should easily win the league this term and no bookmaker is prepared to offer even money.
Paddy Power and William Hill go 5/6 about Carlo Ancelotti’s team and they face Arsenal on Sunday hoping to return to winning ways. The Gunners looked anything other than Premier League champions at the weekend as they slumped to an amazing 3-2 defeat at West Brom. You could have got odds of 250/1 that the Baggies would win by this scoreline and Arsene Wenger will now be wondering whether this squad has what it takes.
Paddy Power have allowed Arsenal’s title odds to drift to 8/1 on their outright market, the same price that Manchester City are available at following that 1-0 win over Chelsea. Two weeks ago, the Citizens were on offer at 16/1 for a first ever Premier League title victory, although a tight defence can get you everywhere and back-to-back wins means that Ladbrokes go as short as 7/1 about the richest club in the world.
Manchester United’s defence was once again looking leaky at Bolton on Sunday and it’s strange to consider that the Red Devils had the best defence in the Premier League last term. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side look particularly vulnerable from set pieces at the moment and the 2-2 draw at the Reebok means that United are still without an away win this season.
Sky Bet are starting to take a dim view of their title chances with an 11/4 quote and others may be inclined to follow suit, especially as Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs are now out injured. Perhaps the defence will prove more formidable when Rio Ferdinand is back in the defence, although it’s amazing that the Red Devils are shipping an average of 1.5 goals per game.
Is the Premier League title race definitely a four-team one? While it’s early days, you would have to agree that Liverpool might do well to get a top six place, let alone win the Premier League title. Ladbrokes are prepared to offer 100/1 about the Reds and that home victory against West Brom remains the only time that the Merseyside team have taken maximum points.
Similarly, Tottenham don’t look like title challengers and bet365 go 125/1 that Harry Redknapp’s team land the spoils. They have already dropped 10 points and the fixtures haven’t been particularly difficult.