There has now been seven matches, and the transfer window is obviously long closed, so I think I can now fully evaluate all the runners and riders in the race for the Premier League title.
This week I am going to focus on Titanbet’s odds for the title (£25 Free Bet for new customers). Titanbet have Manchester City as 2/1 favourites, Chelsea 11/4, Arsenal 5/1, Manchester United 6/1 and Liverpool 7/1.
The significant shift in the betting now sees Arsenal as third favourites, ahead of Manchester United. Football gambling punters seem to be deserting David Moyes’ team, I can’t remember the last time they were behind Arsenal in the betting, it must be a few years?
The best part of this is that although United struggled against Sunderland last weekend, they still ground out a victory while playing fairly average….. a trait generally regarded as a sign of true champions…. well, that’s what would have been said had Alex Ferguson been in charge!
I wouldn’t be so quick to write United off personally, at 6/1 they look decent value, and they are only a couple of top quality signings (possibly in January) away from having a decent side again.
One side I am writing off as title challengers is Spurs. This isn’t just a knee jerk reaction on the back off last weekends result, I just haven’t seen them as title challengers all year.
I think they could be next year, I just think that this season a lot of the new players will be getting used to each other and their new surroundings, etc. They are building impressively though, they look fairly well organised and don’t concede many, so they are certainly laying strong foundations for the future. I just think it is a season too early to call them title contenders.
Liverpool also look an interesting bet. They looked to struggle when they lost Coutinho at Swansea, but they have bounced back impressively. They have a stronger looking bench than Arsenal, they also have the option of playing one up front, meaning they can rest and/or rotate Suarez or Sturridge, and this also means they can absorb an injury to a striker.
This is certainly the strongest they have looked for a good few years now. Brendan Rodgers is assembling an impressive squad, is it a good enough squad to challenge all season? I don’t know, but they don’t have the issue of Europe to distract them – they are certainly not out of place in the betting at 7/1 with Titanbet.
Arsenal look good, they look a match for anyone at the moment. I thought the Napoli match would be a big test, and they passed it with ease.
The one big problem I have with Arsenal though, is their squad. The team looks great, it is probably now a match for anyone, but what happens if Giroud gets injured though? Or when he has an inevitable dip in form? Who is there to come in a replace him? This is where I feel Liverpool have the edge over Arsenal.
If Arsenal can keep all their players fit, I believe they could mount a serious challenge. It’s keeping the players fit though, or at least until January, when at least the option is there to make a signing… should Wenger decide too.
I know plenty got very excited about the signing of Mezut Ozil, and rightly so as when he really finds his feet he will be great for the Gunners… but the best acquisition so far for Arsenal this season is the ‘confidence’ instilled into Aaron Ramsey, to Arsene Wenger he must feel like a brand new signing.
Titanbet make the Gunners 5/1 for the title.