The English top flight league looks to be heading for a thrilling finish but of the two contenders, it is Liverpool who look set for Premier League glory.
Who do Bettors Favor?
The race for the Premier League title is extremely tight although you wouldn’t think so if you check out the best rated sportsbook sites. Despite having briefly dropped to second following Liverpool’s win over Manchester United on Tuesday, Manchester City are still regarded as big favorites to win the Premier League at -200, while Liverpool are rated as +190 chances. The only other team who could theoretically catch the top two, Chelsea, are available at a massive +25000.
Betting on the Premier League Winner
Manchester City remains in first place in the Premier League, albeit only by a single point above Liverpool. The one-point lead is even narrower than it seems, because Liverpool’s superior goal differential assures that they will finish ahead of City even if they draw level on points.
Yet despite City’s narrow lead and the confidence of the bookmakers, there is a sense within English football that Liverpool are poised to pass them and regain the Premier League title they lost a year ago.
Both teams are still grinding out the wins and still in the Champions League, but Liverpool seem to be cruising right now while City are at full stretch. A bruising Champions League quarter final second leg against Atletico Madrid took its toll on the City squad, and having been held to a 2-2 draw by Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium 10 days ago, they were then dumped out of the FA Cup by the same opponents.
Meanwhile the Reds, still on course for a quadruple, thrashed Manchester United on Tuesday night and continue to outscore their title rivals. At this moment, all of the pressure appears to be on Manchester City and Liverpool, at bigger odds, are a clear value bet.
Betting on the Premier League Top Four
Manchester United and West Ham are still technically in the race for the final top four place, but they are in no sort of form and neither looks capable of overhauling the two North London clubs, who now appear to be locked in a straight fight for fourth.
A few weeks back it seemed as though Arsenal were booked in for the fourth spot, but a run of defeats saw them slip into fifth, behind their North London rivals Tottenham. But Tottenham too seem to be feeling the pressure, slipping to a surprise home defeat against Brighton last weekend, missing the opportunity to open up a gap over their rivals, while Arsenal scored a crucial win over Chelsea on Wednesday.
Spurs are currently in the driving seat, but with a potentially decisive North London derby still to come on May 7, Arsenal are close behind and at their current odds, look the better bet.
Premier League Relegation Betting
Norwich are not going quietly and have produced some admirably defiant performances under Dean Smith, but relegation seems all but certain now for the Canaries. Watford’s situation also looks to be dire and the feat of keeping them in the top flight appears to be beyond even Roy Hodgson’s powers, so the final relegation spot is likely to be between Burnley and Everton.
Until last weekend, Burnley looked like a good bet to get out of trouble, given their famous fighting qualities and the leadership of Sean Dyche, but the club’s shocking decision to part ways with their manager may well have dealt a fatal blow to their chances of survival.
To the credit of the Burnley players, they upped their game and earned an impressive point against high flying West Ham on Sunday. Unfortunately, their efforts were more than canceled out by Everton who pulled off a vital home win against Manchester United, giving the Toffees a little more breathing space and lengthening their odds in the relegation market.
Still, it is worth noting that Everton’s final stretch of fixtures looks tougher than Burnley’s and they are still under more pressure than the Clarets. At this point, the odds in the relegation market look about right, but it’s worth keeping an eye on how Burnley perform in their next game or two without Dyche.
Which Player will win the Golden Boot?
Mohamed Salah has been back to his very best this season. Despite having to share attacking duties and goals with Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota, who have 14 and 15, respectively, the Egyptian skipper has 22 Premier League goals to his name, adding two more to his tally in the victory over Manchester United.
That put Salah five goals ahead of his nearest rival, Son Heung-min, who drew a blank at the weekend and it is hard to see anyone catching the Egyptian in the race for the Golden Boot.
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