Tottenham and Man City lead the way in the race for second
Let’s be honest. With a 10-point lead and 11 games to go, Chelsea have more than one hand on this season’s Premier League trophy. So, let’s discuss the far more interesting battle for second place.
This is a riveting five-team scrap, and we expect plenty more twists and turns to come.
Tottenham and Manchester City currently lead the way. The duo are both on 56 points, but Spurs are ahead on goal difference.
Our traders make the White Hart Lane outfit favourites in the betting without Chelsea market at 13/10, although it remains to be seen exactly how badly Mauricio Pochettino’s men suffer without Harry Kane.
The injury to Spurs’ number 10 may also push punters to back the Citizens at 7/4.
Countering Pep Guardiola’s men is the fixture list however, with their next three games reading; Liverpool (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (H).
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are a point behind Spurs and City, but have played a game more.
However, that clash with the Sky Blues next week is Liverpool’s only remaining meeting with a top-six side this season.
The Anfield outfit are 5/1 they finish second, but we can see that shortening in the coming weeks thanks to a favourable run of games to end the season.
The odds then drift right out to the 9/1 on Arsenal.
Having lost three of their last four league games – and endured a pair of 5-1 hammerings to Bayern Munich – it’s been a bruising few weeks for Arsene Wenger’s side.
But they have games in hand on the teams above them, so there’s a chance they can claw back the six-point deficit to second.
The deciding factor may well be how the Gunners fare when they take on both Manchester sides and Tottenham in a north London derby between now and the end of the season.
And the rank outsiders in this battle, are Manchester United at 20/1.
But for home draws with Burnley, West Ham, Hull and Bournemouth, the Red Devils would be comfortable in second.
As it is, they’re seven-points away from the runners-up spot. The lack of a killer instinct, plus a state of suspensions and injuries doesn’t help Jose Mourinho’s chances.
And the real killer for United’s hopes here, is that two of their three final games see them head to both Arsenal and Tottenham.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing