Bookies aren’t reading too much into Liverpool’s 18 point procession…
British bookmakers have priced up Manchester City as the clear favourites to win the 2020/21 Premier League, despite finishing 18 points behind Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s side are short price favourites, currently 21/20 best price with three different bookies.
However, a number of firms now go odds-on that City reclaim their title, with some bookies offering as short as 10/11.
That means Liverpool have been demoted to second-favourites in the market, now at a punchy price of 15/8.
In percentage chances that means bookies are currently predicting a 34.8% chance the defending champions are able to keep hold of their title.
However, the biggest market movers are Manchester United, who have been cut from 25/1 into just 9/1 following their stunning form post-lockdown.
Chelsea, aided by new signing Timo Werner, are 14/1 fourth favourites in pursuit of another Premier League trophy.
There’s a big drop off in odds to the next nearest contenders, with Tottenham and Arsenal joint-fifth favourites at 66/1 each.
Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “Next season's Premier League title race is shaping up to be a belter, and it's free-spending Manchester City who look to have caught the bookies' eye once.
“Champions Liverpool can count themselves a little unlucky to be as long as 15/8 to lift the trophy, while 9/1 for a Manchester United triumph catches the eye, particularly considering the momentum with which they ended the 19/20 campaign.”
Leading football stats site, WhoScored.com, revealed an alternative Premier League table, based over the last two seasons.
Liverpool - 196
Man City - 179
Chelsea - 138
Man Utd - 132
Tottenam - 130
Arsenal - 126
Wolves - 116
Leicester – 114