Who could win the Premier League title in 2020-21?
As we come to the end of November the race for the Premier League title is hotting up. Bookies are now pricing four clubs at 5/1 or shorter to lift the 2020-21 crown. Last weekend saw Manchester City beaten 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, which took Spurs top of the table and prompted City's title odds to be cut. City's third defeat in eight league matches has left them in 13th, with Liverpool dislodging them as favourites to defend their title. Chelsea continued their good recent run with a win at Newcastle and moved them up to third.
Current prices of the four teams are:- Liverpool at 7/4, followed by Manchester City (2/1) and Chelsea and Spurs both at 5/1. See up to date odds and which bookie offers what bonuses at betcompare.com. Let's take a look at each of these teams and see why they are the four favourites.
Current position: 2nd. 2019/20 finish: 1st.
Liverpool remain favourites to defend the title, even after an onset of injuries to their squad. At the weekend Liverpool convincingly beat title challengers Leicester without several first team players. Liverpool will be missing Virgil van Dijk for the majority of the season, after his ECL injury. Joe Gomez has also had surgery on a knee injury, with no timescale set on his recovery. Other players currently out but hopefully for shorter periods are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, all with muscle injuries. Mohamed Salah is now available for Liverpool after a negative test for coronavirus.
Current position: 13th. 2019/20 finish: 2nd.
Man City were the initial favourites but they have won just three of their opening eight fixtures and are mid table. Obviously they have the potential players and manager to make their way up the league, hence the odds currently being offered. Manchester City won the Premier League two seasons in a row before Liverpool last season, and fought back from being seven points behind the Reds to lift the trophy in 2018-19.
City fans will hope their team move up a gear and it is possible as they have a good fixture list over the coming festive period. Toughest two games are probably Man Utd on the 12th Dec (away) and Chelsea on the 2nd Jan (also away). Of the remaining ten fixtures until the end of January, all bar two of them are against bottom half table teams.
Current position: 1st. 2019/20 finish: 6th.
Jose Mourinho was reluctant to suggest that Tottenham could challenge for the title, after beating Manchester City at the weekend. However Mourinho has turned Spurs around, having transformed as a unit, defending doggedly with players now looking like well-drilled players. Spurs have now won four on the trot and show no sign of relenting with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in outstanding form.
Harry Kane is once again scoring as you would expect with 7 goals in the EPL, however his assists currently stand at 9, which is more than his last three seasons combined! You can see that change reflected in the change to Son's stats. Son is currently out scoring Kane with a total of 9 goals in 9 games so far this season. In previous seasons Son's goal ratio stood about a goal in 3 games. So a big jump here, with Kane/Son combination scoring more combined. Mourinho has definitely improved this area, will have to see if they continue this form.
Current position: 3rd. 2019/20 finish: 4th.
Chelsea had a commanding victory over Newcastle at St James' Park at the weekend. That's a third-consecutive win for Frank Lampard's team and they have now only conceded one goal in their last 4 EPL games. There may be a few question marks over Lampard's managing experience and Chelsea had an inconsistent start to the season. But Chelsea's new signings, after all the transfer activity in the summer, are starting to gel. Ziyech, Werner and Thiago Silva are all starting to show their class and the Blues show signs they could mount a challenge.