Liverpool Still Team to Beat According to Sports Books
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Have you seen the latest odds to win the 2020-21 Premier League title?
I have, and they are a little bit weird.
But hey, this is 2020, the year of weirdness, so that makes some sense in a Stranger Things kind of way.
Manchester City came into the new season as the favorites, despite finishing the 2019-20 campaign well behind current champions Liverpool. The Cityzens were minus odds (-175 at one point when Lionel Messi was coming), but have now drifted out to +250, thanks to a terrible start to their Premier League season. City currently sits 13th after quarter of the season, behind such powerhouse teams such as Southampton (which has been top of the table for longer than City so far), Aston Villa, and Crystal Palace.
While that might not be a huge deal, none of those teams have spent what City has in the last half decade, or even the last couple years.
The fact that City is still the second choice should tell you something, though; at some point, the ship will be righted (right?), and this team will be charging up the table.
Currently, the sports books have Liverpool as the +140 favorites to lift the title in May. Yes, the same Liverpool without Ballon d”Or runner up Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season, nor with hs center back partner Joe Gomez for a year.
All the extra games over the last few seasons, plus the short rest this summer, plus the international play, have taken its toll on the Reds. There are a lot of fatigue injuries in the squad, and this current 64-game unbeaten streak at home in the league HAS to end soon.
This might be the year to take a flyer on one of the other teams, especially at the odds offered by William Hill sportsbook. Tottenham has seen its odds shorten from +2000 to now around +500, and with each win, the odds will drop. Jose Mourinho is a master in his second season with a club, before it all goes sideways in season three. The only other team with odds below +600 is Chelsea (+550), and we will find out a lot about Frank Lampard’s side this weekend against Tottenham.
Leicester City is +3500, but we know from last season the Foxes will bottle (plus, they long ago sold their soul for that title in 2015-16), and Southampton (+15000) and Everton (+10000) have no shot.
Arsenal (+8000) you say? You need to score goals to win the league, and the Gunners have one since October 5.
Which leaves us with only one other team capable of making a run up the table: Manchester United (+3300).
Yes, I know, the Red Devils stink, too. But they do have the firepower to win games, and are a good price.
I would take Tottenham at +500 and United at +3300, and hope Liverpool breaks down at some point. But do not count out Manchester City, especially if the Cityzens spend crazy money in January.
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