Manchester City still title favourites as Liverpool go top of the Premier League


The Reds moved to the top of the table after another dramatic weekend which also saw Chelsea excel, and our tipster takes a look at the latest betting in the top-flight’s outrig…..

Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table in sensational style on Sunday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp’s side recorded a stunning 6-1 victory against Watford at Anfield.

The Reds have been rampant this season and the men from Merseyside are now chalked up as an 11/4 (3.75) chance to secure their first top-flight title in 27 years.

Chelsea, too, laid down a marker this weekend as Antonio Conte’s charges crushed Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

 

Eden Hazard scored two goals as the Blues fired five past the Toffees, but it is Chelsea’s remarkable defensive discipline that has provided the platform for success, for the west Londoners have now kept a clean sheet in each of their last five Premier League fixtures since suffering a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal in north London back in September. That prompted a switch to the 3-4-3 formation which has seen them make serene progress up the table in recent weeks.

The Blues, champions in 2015, offered up a dismal defence of their title last season, but Conte’s team certainly look capable of going close this term and Paddy Power offer 100/30 (4.33) that Chelsea are crowned as champions at the end of the current campaign.

Both Manchester City and Arsenal lost ground on their rivals this weekend as they were forced to settle for home draws against Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur respectively; nevertheless, Pep Guardiola’s men are chalked up as 2/1 (3.0) favourites to take the title, while Arsenal – unbeaten in their last 16 matches in all competitions – are 6/1 (7.0) to secure their first league title for 13 years.

Spurs settled for a point from Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal and Mauricio Pochettino’s team will have been pleased to see Harry Kane return to the fold – the 23-year-old striker marked his return to the first-team with a goal from the penalty spot.

Spurs, though, are now without a win in their last seven matches in all competitions, while the men from White Hart Lane have now gone more than 540 minutes without a goal from open play.

The odds compilers offer 16/1 (17.0) that Tottenham take the title, but there is, undoubtedly, a need for significant improvement from Spurs if they are to achieve that aim this season; of course, Pochettino’s side will hope that Kane’s return from injury will help them kickstart their campaign sooner rather than later.

Manchester United moved back into the top six with a much-needed 3-1 win against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Sunday and Jose Mourinho will have been particularly pleased to see summer signings Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic get themselves onto the scoresheet against the Swans.

The win in south Wales, though, was United’s first victory in five Premier League games and, eight points adrift of the league leaders after 11 games, it is unsurprising that Mourinho’s men are as big as 18/1 (19.0) to claim the top-flight title this term.