Without kicking a ball, Manchester City find themselves back at the top of the Premier League betting, after both Arsenal and Chelsea slipped up in their midweek fixtures. City are now 6/5 favourites with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bet Available To New Customers).
I suppose the big losers in a way are Chelsea (despite still being top), they must really regard a 1-1 draw away at West Brom as 2 points dropped, and by all accounts, it nearly ended up with all 3 points dropped.
But how can I, or anyone, say they have mucked up, they are still top for goodness sake! And even if City win their game in hand, they will only draw level with Chelsea. Chelsea are a best price of 17/10 with Paddy Power.
Most observers would say that Arsenal have had a bad run lately (dropping 5 points in their last two fixtures, albeit tricky ones), and yet they are still only 1 point off the top of the Premier League, and 2 ahead of City (having played a game more).
Arsenal are now 10/1 fourth favourites with BetVictor.
And while the top 3 have been dropping points, Liverpool have dragged themselves back into contention.
Although Liverpool were expected to beat Fulham, the manner of their victory must be pleasing to Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool had to fight to the end, and they came from behind twice, although the flip side to that is that they can’t keep gifting the opposition sloppy goals, as it will catch them out soon. And Liverpool can’t afford any more stupid slip ups if they want to have a chance of winning the league.
The best odds on Liverpool winning the title is 17/2 with Boyelsports, they were 14/1 prior to the latest round of fixtures.
Liverpool are now only 4 points behind Chelsea, and have no European distractions, so I’d take them seriously.
The league looks like it could go right down to the wire this season, and coming into the last 3 or 4 matches, it could simply be who handles the pressure the best.
I did think it was City’s to lose, but over the last couple of weeks, I can’t help but feel that if Manchester City had Jose Mourinho in charge, this league would be over. City have the best squad (by a mile), and although they have a decent manage in Pellegrini, I don’t think he is anywhere near the best manager in the league.
If it does come down to who can handle the pressure the best, then Chelsea have the best man in the dug out to deal with that situation.