The 2020/21 Premier League season is now well underway and it has proven a fascinating start to the new campaign, the opening months providing plenty of goals and a series of stunning results.
After the dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool over the past three seasons, the current campaign has been tipped to be the most open in recent memory as fans eagerly anticipate the twists and turns of a tense title race.
Following the latest round of fixtures we’ve decided to look at how the bookmakers view the race to be crowned as champions.
So for those of you interested in the latest odds and the best betting tips today, here are how the bookies rate each ‘top six’ sides chances of winning the Premier League:
Arsenal – 100/1
Arsenal responded to their lowest Premier League finish for 25 years with a strong summer of recruitment at the Emirates, with the Gunners’ hierarchy backing Mikel Arteta ahead of his first full season at the club.
The additions of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes look like shrewd signings with each significantly strengthening the spine of the side, though Arteta has struggled to find a balance during an inconsistent start to the season.
Arsenal look void of creative threat and have scored just nine goals in nine league fixtures so far, with club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang visibly out-of-sorts after scoring 20+ league goals in each of the past two campaigns.
Aspirations of the title were hugely fanciful before a ball had been kicked and the north London side’s odds have only lengthened during the opening weeks, Arsenal having already lost four times to sit in the bottom half after nine fixtures.
It’s now approaching two decades since Arsenal were last crowned as champions and their drought looks unlikely to end this season, a top four finish and Champions League qualification the Gunners’ priority.
Manchester United – 40/1
Manchester United’s surge into the top four last season raised hopes the club could challenge during the current campaign, but familiar flaws have once again surfaced for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
The Norwegian remains uncertain on both his best side or system, whilst their home form this season is a huge concern, a laboured 1-0 victory over struggling West Brom their only success in five league fixtures at Old Trafford.
Last season’s success centred around a fluid front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, though the latter two have endured difficult starts to the campaign and are yet to recapture their form.
There also remains an over-reliance on Bruno Fernandes for creativity with the midfielder having been directly involved in nine of the Red Devils’ 13 goals, with Paul Pogba currently out-of-favour and summer signing Donny van de Beek bizarrely yet to start a Premier League fixture.
Pressure is continuing to mount on Solskjaer who is yet to truly convince that he is the man to take the club forward, the bookmaker’s recognising such with the club’s long odds to win a first title in eight years.
Tottenham – 5/1
Could Tottenham take advantage of an open season to win a first ever Premier League title?
Their odds of just 5/1 suggest the bookmaker’s believe a title challenge is possible for the current league leaders, who have produced some impressive displays over the opening weeks of the campaign, thrashing Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford and defeating Manchester City last weekend.
Perhaps more importantly, Spurs have dug deep to secure narrow one-goal wins against the likes of Burnley, Brighton and West Brom, a trademark of manager Jose Mourinho and the type of victories that can provide the foundation for a title challenge.
Spurs have a talented squad that was significantly strengthened during the summer window and a manager with the nous and title-winning experience to get the best from the players available to him.
The fine form of Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane has fired the north London side into early contention, with the latter playing arguably the best football of his career with 17 goal involvements in just nine league fixtures.
If those two remain fit and firing and a certain Gareth Bale can make his mark on the league this season, they possess an outside chance of winning a first top flight title in 60 years this season.
Chelsea – 5/1
Ranked at the same odds as their London rivals, Chelsea are regarded as slight outsiders for the Premier League title this season.
The west London side splashed out more than £220m on new signings during the summer to catapult themselves into the title talk, and have bounced back from an indifferent start to produce an encouraging run of form.
It’s now five consecutive victories in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s side with their new signings beginning to gel, the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech having added an x-factor to the Blues’ attack.
Chelsea’s squad is stacked with depth and that could be crucial in an unprecedented season of congestion, injuries and coronavirus protocols, but it remains to be seen whether their novice manager has what it takes to produce a shock.
Manchester City – 5/2
Manchester City are the second favourites for the Premier League title despite a hugely underwhelming start to the season, Pep Guardiola’s side having won just three of their opening eight league fixtures to languish in the bottom half at present.
Last weekend’s defeat at Tottenham highlighted their struggles with the club unable to break through a stubborn rearguard despite their dominance of possession and chances, a record of just 10 goals in eight fixtures concerning for the Etihad outfit.
It would be foolish to write off a side managed by Guardiola and one who have enjoyed such success in recent years, but the fear factor once possessed by City seems to have been eradicated following their indifferent performances.
Currently eight points off the leaders having played a game less, City face favourable looking home fixtures against Burnley and Fulham in their next two and will be keen to gain momentum ahead of a huge Manchester derby clash in early December.
Liverpool – 5/4
The champions are the bookmaker’s favourites to make it back-to-back Premier League crowns this season, with Liverpool currently level on points with league leaders Tottenham at the top of the division.
Jurgen Klopp’s side secured the title in record-breaking fashion last term and remain the team to beat this season, though their aura has been somewhat dented following a stunning 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa that ranks amongst the greatest upsets in Premier League history.
Liverpool have, however, bounced back from that defeat and last weekend’s 3-0 win over high-flying Leicester was a timely reminder of their qualities, the summer signings of Thiago and Diogo Jota having undoubtedly strengthened their options.
A mounting injury list – including the long-term absences of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez – is the major concern behind their title defence with their defensive options severely depleted, Joel Matip the only senior centre-back in the Reds’ squad at present.
Further injuries could prove catastrophic ahead of a testing festive run and it remains to be seen whether Liverpool choose to strengthen in the winter window.
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