The merry-go-round that is favouritism to win the Premier League continues, with Manchester City’s odds cut after Sunday’s 4-1 demolition of Manchester United in the Manchester Derby.
City are now around the 7/4 to 9/5 mark to win the league, and their is a bit of daylight beginning to appear between themselves and Chelsea in the betting. Chelsea are around the 3/1 mark with most bookies, although Ladbrokes have them priced up at a short looking 11/5.
Manchester United are obviously the big losers over the weekend. Besides the scoreline, they are also well out in the betting, and can be backed at 9/2 to retain their league title. Considering there is only 5 matches gone, that is a big price.
It’s amazing how quickly things can turn around. Chelsea were the no-hopers a couple of days ago, and after their impressive Champions League showing against Bayer Leverkasen, United were serious title contenders. Now after a scratchy win against Fulham for Chelsea, all of a sudden they are fine, and United are the latest no-hopers.
For me, I think this league will ebb and flow for most of this season. No one has really hit their straps yet, maybe Arsenal have, but of the other contenders, Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, and Tottenham haven’t really got going yet.
Could Liverpool be classed as contenders? I’m not sure, if you think they are, they are a nice looking 14/1 to back with Coral.
They have got Suarez to return, but it’s alarmingly visible how they have struggled and looked almost clueless since Philippe Coutinho got injured against Swansea. Okay, so it’s only one a half matches, but it must be a concern for Brendan Rodgers already.
At the bottom, and I’m surprised at why pundits up and down the country were so surprised by Paolo Di Canio’s sacking. I get what they are saying, it’s too soon, everyone knows what he’s like, etc, but why is it such a shock that a club who have hastily (in my view) sacked stable managers like Martin O’Neill and Steve Bruce recently, sack an untried, bonkers novice like Di Canio?
It has been an accident waiting to happen from Day 1. I’m not at all surprised by his sacking, I was absolutely staggered by his appointment in the first place though. To sack a manager like O’Neill, and replace him with Di Canio was kamikaze in my view.
I think the next team who could struggle with their manager will be Norwich City. I think at times last season, Chris Hughton’s philosophy was to play for the draw, and rely on the ineptness of the other teams to keep Norwich up.
I’m not sure that will be enough this season. Although Crystal Palace and (probably) Hull will finish below Norwich, I believe they could be in trouble this year (although in fairness, Sunderland’s next managerial choice could yet help Norwich).