An open Premier league title race?
The Premier league has restarted, as matches still remain without spectators. This does not appear to be changing anytime soon but it has certainly not impacted the players on the pitch negatively. We have seen a remarkable start to the season, with some shock results and many many goals scored. Could this result in an open Premier league title race this season?
The betting suggests this is unlikely with both Liverpool and Manchester City both short odds to win the title come the end of the season. Each as expected have been supported with the Coral code, which has been a welcome offer bonus for new players in the early period of the season. That is little surprise that each are short odds and favourites, based on the results of recent seasons and just how far ahead they have been from the other sides in the league. Take the 2017/18 for example, Manchester City won the league by picking up a record breaking 100 points, which saw them finish 19 points clear at the top. The following season and it was a similar story, with City winning the title and picking up 98 points in the process. Liverpool also picked up 97 points and took the title race to the last game of the season. Chelsea were then a further 25 points behind, which shows just how far ahead the pair at present.
Last season was then expected to be a similar story, with City and Liverpool set to battle it out for the title. That again proved to be the case, with Liverpool producing a stunning season and finishing with 99 points. City were well off their recent form and finished 18 points behind the champions. However, they still finished 15 points ahead of the third placed side in rivals Manchester United. This again was a clear example of just how far ahead Liverpool and Manchester City are from the other sides in the division. That was even the case, with City producing a very poor season for their standards and losing nine of their 38 matches played.
These recent results are why City and Liverpool have again gone into the current season as the overwhelming favourites for the title, as it is then long odds for any other sides to pull off the shock. However, there has been a large number of surprise results in the early period of the season, which has seen the likes of Everton, shorten for the title. This includes defending champions Liverpool losing 7-2 away against Aston Villa and Manchester City losing 5-2 at home to Leicester City.
Do you think any other sides can win the title this season and finally end the dominant period of Liverpool and Manchester City?