Will it be Manchester City? Will it be Liverpool? Or, will it be Chelsea who wins this fascinating Premier League title race? Arguably, it’s Chelsea who have the clearest path to glory and at pretty tasty odds too.
Those speculative punters who jumped on Liverpool at prices north of the 10/1 mark a few months ago will have been kicking every ball during the last 10 minutes of the Reds’ nervy win over Sunderland.
Of course, they may yet get their just deserts for such audacity, but, if there are those out there who have yet to nail their title-betting colours to the mast, blue is the colour.
Royal blue that is, with Chelsea’s price of 12/5 not only trumping that of 3/4 favourites Manchester City, but the ground appears most fertile to a west London title win.
Much has been made of City’s recent win over Manchester United, yet this is somewhat of a smokescreen considering how easy the champions have become to beat this season for teams of their ilk.
Games in hand are a factor, but at this stage the points on the board are the most priceless commodity and with City facing trips to Arsenal next and Liverpool and Everton in the run-in, dropping a few more is certainly plausible.
Meanwhile, aside from the leaders’ own trip to Anfield – where wily old Jose Mourinho will likely play the containment game rather than risk getting beat like Manuel Pellegrini probably will – Chelsea’s run-in is by far the easiest.
Stoke, in 10th, are the highest-placed team Chelsea play apart from Liverpool, while they face three of the current bottom four, Swansea and Norwich.
With all Mourinho’s title-winning nous thrown into the mix, it’s a recipe for title success that Delia Smith can only dream about.
Liverpool, at 16/5, can’t be discounted of course, though Brendan Rodgers’ side not only face tricky games, but have the greenest manager at the helm.
However, it’s their inability to defend in a coherent fashion at times which is likely to prove their ultimate Achilles heel.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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