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How the Bookies rate this season’s brilliantly competitive PL title race

We’re approaching the half-way point in what has been a fascinating Premier League season to date, the title processions of previous seasons having been replaced by a fiercely competitive division.

Just eight points currently separate the Premier League’s top seven sides and all remain in contention, an unpredictable opening to the season ensuring that a string of positive results will see any side quickly climb the table.

So for those of your who like to follow the latest Sports betting odds, we’ve decided to look at how the bookies currently view each side’s chances of success in what promises to be a brilliantly competitive Premier League title race.

Chelsea – 200/1

Few would have anticipated finding Chelsea at odds of 200/1 following the club’s lavish summer spending, Roman Abramovich attempting to accelerate the Blues’ development by splashing more than £220m on a host of marquee names.

After an encouraging start that saw the Blues lose just once in their opening 11 fixtures the wheels have since fallen off, with even Frank Lampard’s status as a club legend not enough to save the inexperienced manager from being the next coach to fall victim to the trigger-happy Abramovich.

Chelsea have won just twice in their past eight league fixtures to drop to ninth in the division, their odds of winning a first Premier League crown since 2017 having significantly lengthened.

Headline arrivals in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have struggled to find their feet in English football so far and whilst undoubtedly possessing a squad packed with depth and talent, a genuine title challenge this season appears too soon for a developing side currently without a manager.

Everton – 125/1

There will have been few Everton fans or bookies like Betway envisaging a title tilt at the start of the season, despite the huge optimism surrounding Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season at the helm.

Ancelotti’s side have impressed over the first half of the campaign, however, and sit sixth in the division, eight points adrift of league leaders Manchester United but with two games in hand.

Everton have shown significant signs of progress this season with Dominic Calvert-Lewin continuing his recent improvement, netting 11 league goals in just 16 fixtures to emerge as the Toffees’ talisman.

Summer signings in James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan have added quality in key areas, though there is a lack of depth beyond Calvert-Lewin and limited pace within the Everton ranks.

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Everton’s odds are reflective of a side that finished 12th last season and have not won the title since 1987, with Ancelotti’s focus remaining the securing of continental qualification as the Toffees’ seek a return to Europe.

Tottenham – 25/1

Jose Mourinho was appointed at Tottenham in a bid to bring long-awaited silverware to the north London side, the arrival of the serial winner intended to usher in a new dawn for a side without a major trophy in more than a decade.

Mourinho’s side have shown signs of progress in his first full season in charge, a number of shrewd summer signings – including Sergio Reguilon and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – having brought both balance and quality.

Spurs currently sit fifth and are priced at odds of 25/1 to win a first league title in 60 years this season, though they remain just seven points adrift of the summit and possess both a game in hand and the Premier League’s most feared forward line in Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.

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Kane and Son have scored 24 league goals between them already this season but will need contributions from elsewhere if they are to stake a claim to be crowned as champions.

Mourinho is one of the most successful managers of all-time but has not won a league title for some nine years, and the Portuguese would no doubt love to silence his critics by guiding Spurs to a surprise triumph in 2021.

Leicester – 20/1

Leicester have bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on Champions League football last season to emerge as contenders once more, their 12 victories this season the joint-most of any side in the division and leaving the Foxes two points adrift of the league leaders.

Brendan Rodgers’ side spent much of last season in the top four before wobbling over the second half of the campaign, slipping out of the Champions League places following a final day defeat to Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.

Rodgers will be hoping his side can sustain their push this season and the Foxes have been boosted by a superb record away from home, taking 22 points from their opening nine fixtures on the road including victories at Arsenal, Tottenham and a 5-2 thrashing of Manchester City.

Leicester will need to address their inconsistent home form if they are to challenge for the title this season, but they remain firmly in contention at present despite their odds of 20/1.

The ongoing issues regarding Jamie Vardy’s hip problem remain a concern, however, and much may depend how the Foxes fare with the forward expected to miss the next month after undergoing surgery.

Rodgers won’t publicly admit his side can be crowned champions, but they have previously overcome much greater odds to shock the footballing world.

Liverpool – 8/1

It’s often said that defending the Premier League is harder than first winning the title, and Liverpool have found that to be the case during a difficult defence which has seen their odds lengthen to 8/1.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been without a number of key players through injury this season with their defensive options severely depleted, the long-term injuries suffered by Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez leaving just Joel Matip – a player with his own concerning injury record – as the Reds’ sole senior option at centre-back.

Recent fixtures have seen midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho paired at centre-back to cover the absences and the champions have suffered a dip in form, failing to win in any of their past five league fixtures and failing to score a goal in their past four.

Their stuttering title defence reached a nadir after a shock home defeat to Burnley last time out, ending a run of 68 league games unbeaten at Anfield in a sequence that had stretched almost four years.

Klopp has insisted that it remains unlikely that Liverpool will strengthen this month and the lack of cover at centre-back could prove costly, whilst a concerning record away from home – picking up just 11 points from nine games – must be improved if the Reds are to defend their crown.

It would be foolish to write off this side given their exploits over the past few seasons, but there has no doubt been a huge drop in performances and their odds are reflective of their current form.

Manchester United – 11/2

The current league leaders are priced as 11/2 second-favourites with the bookmakers to finish the season as champions, the form of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having raised optimism over a first title challenge for Manchester United since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

United began the season indifferently and suffered disappointing home defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace and Tottenham, but have bounced back to compile a 13-game unbeaten run and move top of the Premier League.

United are unbeaten away from home in the league for more than a calendar year and that fine form on the road has boosted their hopes of winning the Premier League, taking a league-leading 26 points from their 10 fixtures away from Old Trafford.

The signing of Bruno Fernandes last season has widely been credited as the catalyst for the club’s upturn in fortunes and the midfielder holds the key to a successful second-half of the season, with only Tottenham’s Harry Kane having been directly involved in more goals across the division.

Manchester City – 4/9

Manchester City have emerged as the odds-on favourites with leading bookmakers like Betway to reclaim the Premier League title this season, with Pep Guardiola’s side having found their form with a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including 10 consecutive victories.

City struggled to compete with Liverpool last season but a new-found solidity in defence has transformed their fortunes, the summer signing of Ruben Dias and a resurgence in form for John Stones having provided the club with a solid foundation.

It’s now eight wins and one draw from the nine Premier League games the duo have started together, whilst City have conceded just one goal during that time.

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The increased resilience of a talented City side bodes well for a sustained push for the title and Guardiola’s second-placed team can move top of the division should they win their game in hand.

City face West Brom this evening before clashes against Sheffield United and Burnley in their next two, a sequence of games that provides an opportunity for the club to strengthen their challenge for a third title in four seasons.

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