Liverpool Title Odds

There seems to be a bit of a gamble developing on Liverpool winning this year’s Premier League title.

Immediately after Brendan Rodgers’ side completed their 3-2 victory over Fulham, Liverpool seen their odds cut from 14/1 to 9/1. The 9/1 only lasted for a couple of hours on Wednesday night, and by Thursday morning the odds had come in to a general 17/2.

At the moment, Winner.com (£25.00 Free Bet For New Customers) are the only bookmaker currently offering 17/2 on Liverpool, as that price has almost disappeared since Thursday morning. There is a couple of bookies going as short as 7/1 on Liverpool, but in general you can get 8/1 with most firms.

If any further proof of Liverpool’s title credentials is required, then look no further than a Jose Mourinho interview or press conference.

For weeks now he has been attempting to undermine Arsenal and particularly Manchester City (while under playing his own teams credentials), and now he has turned his attentions to Liverpool.

His assertion that “The league is amazing but Liverpool have a big advantage because of the fact they don’t play in the Champions League,” shows that he must now see Liverpool as a serious threat. And he’s right.

All of the other three Premier League title contenders have big Champions League fixtures coming up over the next few weeks, while Liverpool can just plan meticulously for their upcoming Premier League fixtures.

Liverpool’s only distraction is the FA Cup, at the moment they are a best price of 15/2 with Stan James to win it (5th favourites).

They visit Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the fifth round. Will Brendan Rodgers be that gutted if he loses there? I doubt it.

There doesn’t really seem any reason why Liverpool can’t go all out to win the FA Cup though, and I hope they do. If they do progress and go all the way to the final, it’s only another 4 matches (assuming they have no replays), so it shouldn’t really effect them that badly.

There’s a fair chance that Arsenal may rotate their squad on Sunday (they are at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday), so that could also help Liverpool….assuming Rodgers doesn’t do the same.

If you do fancy Liverpool to continue their good form against Arsenal, they are a best price of 9/5 with Coral (£50.00 Free Bet) to win in 90 minutes on Sunday.

Are Liverpool Now In The Title Race?

For so long it seems to have been a 3 horse race, maybe even 1 horse race, with quite a few people (including me) believing that it is Manchester City’s title to throw away. But now, surely we all have to start taking Liverpool’s chances of winning the title a lot more seriously.

Brendan Rodgers’ team are 6 points behind Chelsea, and at this stage of the season – with just 13 games and 39 points to play for – that is a big gap to close on a team as good as Chelsea.

There is also Arsenal and Manchester City to take into consideration, and even though Arsenal got smashed on Saturday, they are still second in the league, only 1 point behind Chelsea, and 5 ahead of Liverpool.

The best odds currently for Liverpool to win the Premier League is 14/1, and that is still available with Paddy Power (£50.00 Free Bet), Ladbrokes (£50.00 Free Bet) and Totepool (£10.00 Free Bet).

Some bookies have Liverpool as short as 11/1, with most coming in at 12/1. I get the impression that the 14/1 on Liverpool could soon vanish if they give Fulham a good hiding in their next match on Wednesday night (away at Craven Cottage).

Liverpool’s home form of late has been scintillating, they have destroyed Everton and Arsenal in recent weeks, and they are two of the best defensive sides in the Premier League. With form like this, they have to be taken as a serious threat.

They also have no distractions of Europe, unlike the 3 teams above them, meaning they can solely concentrate on the Premier League – they do have the FA Cup, but as we have seen all to often in the past, that can be sacrificed if required.

The draw away at West Brom a couple of weeks back is the sort of result they cannot afford though. Those are the sort of matches we have seen Manchester United win ugly in the past, when they were winning league titles (in what seems like light years ago at the moment).

Slip ups like that can’t happen if Liverpool are too close the 6 point gap, starting with their visit to Craven Cottage on Wednesday. These are the bread and butter matches, the ones where you just have to get a result, regardless of the performance.

With regard to a top 4 finish, the best price currently available for Liverpool is 4/11 with Bet365 (£200.00 in Free Bets available).

There is still a belief that City and Chelsea are out of site, as both are 1/100 for a top 4 finish, one bookmaker even has them both at 1/500. Arsenal are a best price of 1/7 with Skybet for a top 4 finish.