Top & Bottom at Christmas: A look at the Premier League Outright Odds
The Premier League table at Christmas is one that is always analysed, many of us consigning teams to relegation before the second half of the season has even got underway.
This year it is a little different due to the World Cup break. While teams will have usually played around 20 games by this stage of the table, the season paused at around the 14-15 game mark, with the season set to resume on Boxing Day.
Therefore there’s still plenty to play for, and just because a team might be five points clear at the top, or four points adrift at the bottom, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all over for them.
That said, with the season about to kick off again, it’s certainly worth examining the outright markets in the Premier League…
To Win The Premier League Odds
Even after just 14 games, you get the sense that it’s become a two horse race in the quest for the title. Arsenal are currently five points clear at the top of the league, ahead of Manchester City, but the teams have still yet to meet at present, which could close that gap or heighten it further dependent on the outcome of those results.
Newcastle are currently seven points behind Arsenal, with Spurs eight, perhaps the only two sides that have a remote chance of challenging, even at this stage. And that’s a long shot.
Manchester City are favourites to win the Premier League at 2/5 with William Hill, well ahead of Arsenal at 9/4. Most bookmakers are seeing the two as the only real challengers, with both Newcastle and Liverpool then priced at 33/1.
Top Four Finish Odds
The gap is starting to grow between the top four and the rest of the pack. Both Manchester City and Arsenal almost seem like dead certs given their starts to the season. The final two spots are then up for grabs.
William Hill are backing Liverpool to make the top four at 4/7, ahead of the likes of Spurs (11/10), Manchester United (5/4) and Newcastle (11/8). Chelsea are outsiders at 7/2.
You won’t find much value on City and Arsenal, who are priced at 1/200 and 1/16 with William Hill.
Premier League Relegation Odds
At the other end of the table, the bottom seven or eight could well find themselves in trouble with a couple of bad results and it while there are plenty of games to go, it could be a tight and competitive battle for survival over the coming months.
Wolves currently sit rock bottom on 10 points, four adrift of safety, but at this stage it’s Nottingham Forest, currently 18th on 13 points, who are favourites to go down with William Hill at 1/2.
Bournemouth on 16 points and positioned 14th as it stands are also under serious threat according to the bookies, with them priced at 8/13 to face the drop, with Wolves third favourites to go down at 10/11.
Southampton and Everton, both of whom are in the bottom four at present, are outsiders to face the drop at 13/8 and 7/4 respectively, while Leeds could get into a bit of a dogfight with the West Yorkshire outfit at 4/1 to go down.
Newly promoted Fulham are at 6/1, but after a good start to the season they are tipped to do just enough to stay up, and the appointment of Unai Emery at Aston Villa has catapulted them up the league and should provide them with a comfortable mid-table finish.
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