Premier League betting: Can anyone catch Chelsea?
It is disappointing to suggest that the Premier League title race could already be over in early February, but it certainly looks that way
Chelsea took another small step towards winning the Premier League title on Tuesday night when they left Anfield with a point after a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Diego Costa missed a late penalty as Antonio Conte’s men continued their recent impressive form by taking a point from the clash on Merseyside.
It is no surprise that Chelsea are the heavy favourites to lift the Premier League title in May, given that the west London side are nine points clear at the top of the table heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures.
Chelsea are priced at odds of around 3/10 to win the title in May – you can place a bet here – ahead of Tottenham at 9/1 and Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all at 16/1.
The west London side’s remarkable upturn in form is in stark contrast to their serious struggles last season, when they ended up 10th in the table and without a trophy following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Conte has to take the credit for their brilliant form, and much has been made of Chelsea’s success since switching to a 3-4-3 formation following the back to back defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal in September.
The Blues haven’t looked back since then, and have also responded well to setbacks – as they proved in the wake of their 2-0 loss to Tottenham earlier this year.
Chelsea’s main advantage this season, however, is the inconsistency of their rivals.
Tottenham and Arsenal are both nine points behind the leaders after stuttering runs of form, while Liverpool are a further point back in fourth place.
Manchester United and Manchester City, meanwhile, are fully focused on getting back in the top four before they can consider trying to get back into the title race.
It all means that the team which shows the most consistency is likely to walk away with the title, and that team looks like it will be Chelsea.
Premier League betting: Outright odds
Chelsea – 3/10
Tottenham – 9/1
Arsenal – 16/1
Liverpool – 16/1
Manchester City – 16/1
Of course, there could be some big twists and turns in the coming weeks and months. For starters, Chelsea need to navigate their way past the visit of Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.
However, it is the solidity of Chelsea’s displays even when not at their best which will worry the Blues’ rivals.
The naysayers will point out that the Blues have not had the distraction of European football this season, but neither have Liverpool – and 10 points separates the two teams.
It is disappointing to suggest that the Premier League title race could already be over in early February, but it is difficult to see Chelsea failing to close it out.
After all, a very similar Chelsea team won the League Cup and Premier League double in the 2003-04 season.