We take a look at the potential champions of the Premier League and the teams likely to be in contention for the title come May 2021. The football season is in full swing amid the pandemic with a lot of emphasis on ways to play the game safely. Despite the economic challenges of having no fans to watch games at the stadium, the football season has continued to be a source of entertainment amid dark times.
The premier league has continued to offer epic drama and intrigue with a lot to play for after just seventeen games played. It looks set to be an exciting season as Liverpool look to retain their first title and Manchester City look to make it 3 titles in the last four seasons.
- Manchester United
It has been a season of twists and turns for Manchester united, but, as this season has shown, a few runs of good results, could put you back into the title mix. United have a chance of remaining at the top of the table provided they can avoid injuries to key players such as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, they have not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2013 and they are 6/1 (7.0) to wrestle back the Premier League crown.
Last season, Liverpool were unstoppable, winning twenty-eight (28) out of thirty-one (31) games to secure the title. This a premier league record for fewest games needed to win the title. This season, however, injuries to key defensive personnel Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez make it a challenging task to retain the title. Their recent form of late has also been nothing short of convincing having picked up eleven(11) points from a possible twenty-seven (27). They are 12/5 (3.60) to retain their maiden premier league title.
- Manchester City
Winning two of the last three titles make you a huge favourite for a third, but the citizen’s slow start to the season had a few alarm bells ringing. With many improved results in recent weeks, and a defensive solidity second to none, the citizens are back in the title mix and are 10/11 (1.91) to win the title this season. The ability and the depth of their squad cannot be matched, even by the reigning champions, and they have seemingly recovered from a poor start to pick up nine wins and five draws from their 16 outings.
The following teams are in my view, underdogs to win the premier league because despite their impressive showings they don’t have the required squad depth or consistency as yet to maintain a title push.
Jose Mourinho did a very impressive job steering Tottenham to a sixth-placed finish last season and he had a good summer transfer window improving the squad to his taste. Despite an impressive start, Spurs have dropped off the pace since November with two losses and three draws. Spurs are 14/1 (15.0) to improve upon their sixth-place finish last season and win a first top-flight title since 1961.
Chelsea’s crazy 2020 transfer window reflects a mad summer window which saw six new arrivals. Frank Lampard had a great debut season as Blues manager but consistency issues still plague the Blues, who sit ninth after 17 games thanks to a run of four defeats in six games around the festive period. Chelsea is 40/1 (41.0) to win the league.
- Leicester City
Leicester City is 33/1 (34.0) to build on their fifth-place finish last term by winning a second Premier League title, having put aside last season’s implosion to string together an impressive set of results.
No team has won more games than the 10 that the Foxes have managed this season, including a stunning 5-2 victory at Man City which saw Jamie Vardy score a hat-trick.
Everton and Southampton are both worthy mentions but they are more of likely outsiders to win the title with title-winning odds of 100/1(101.0) and 250/1(251.0) respectively.