Yet another odd weekend of Premier League football, resulting in another change at the top, with Manchester City becoming the latest leaders in the league that everybody seems to be doing their best not to win.
First we had defending Champions Chelsea capitulating at the start of the season, and since then we have seen a combination of Manchester City and Arsenal doing their best to make a hash of things and keep others interested.
This has seen Manchester United come back to the forefront as title contenders, Leicester City becoming the surprise package, and even talk now of possible title challenges from Liverpool and Tottenham.
Of the main contenders (at the moment), the bookmakers still see Manchester City as favourites, in the latest football betting City are currently a best price of Even money with a handful of bookies, they were heavy odds on favourites earlier in the campaign.
City bounced back to form with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Southampton at the Etihad on Saturday, this though, comes on the back of a 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool the weekend before!
Meanwhile fourth placed Arsenal could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Norwich, and they have now gone 3 league matches without a win, and an injury to Alexis Sanchez will further add to manager Arsene Wenger’s woes.
Arsenal are now in the middle on an injury crisis, but luckily for them, the inability of the other teams at the top seems to be keeping the Gunners well in the championship race.
Goal shy Manchester United not sit third, and questions seemed to be getting asked all the time about Wayne Rooney’s form and position in the team. Rooney looked well of the pace again at Leicester, and was totally outshone by Leicester’s man of the moment, Jamie Vardy.
I honestly thought that Vardy’s goal run was going to come to an end against United’s miserly defence (they have only conceded 10 league goals this season) on Saturday, but it didn’t, and Vardy’s run now goes on.
Leicester currently sit second in the league table, and have only lost one match in the league season, that’s less than the other three members of the current top 4 (Man City and Arsenal have lost 3 matches, Man Utd have lost 1).
The leagues surprise package are also one of the most entertaining teams this season, scoring 29 goals, while conceding 21 in the process. So far this season, the Over 2.5 Goals bet has come in, in 10 of Leicester’s 14 Premier League matches.
When will Leicester’s bubble burst? Well that’s what most pundits are thinking, well, while the league’s top scorer keeps banging in the goals, who knows when or if this run will come to an end.
Despite the Foxes poor position in the league – when they looked a relegation certainty – with about 8 matches to go last season, they hadn’t been getting hammered out of site. Yes they were getting beat, but only really by the odd goal, and they looked competitive in most of their matches.
All this says to me that they already had a half decent side last season, but lacked a bit of confidence, and maybe self belief. They seem to be well over that now. The biggest threat to Leicester, could be the Premier League big boys sniffing around Vardy in the January transfer window.
Manchester United look short up front, Chelsea could be looking for a replacement for Costa, Spurs need some support for Harry Kane, and Arsenal always need a striker, although rarely (some would say never) bid for one!