Manchester City now clear Premier League favourites

Manchester City now clear Premier League favourites

Manchester City title odds slashed after Liverpool held by Everton

There has been a big change in the Premier League winner odds this weekend following two differing results for Manchester City and Liverpool.

Whilst Pep Guardiola’s men kept up their excellent form with a hard fought 1-0 win away at AFC Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool blinked and were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against their local rivals Everton.

Those two results have seen the bookmakers cut their odds on Manchester City winning the Premier League title. After their win on the south coast they were priced at 8/15 to win the league with Sky Bet, but those odds were slashed down to 1/3 after Liverpool’s failure to secure three points at Goodison Park.

By contrast, Liverpool’s odds have drifted with them starting yesterday at 13/8 before lengthening out to 5/2. With just nine fixtures left to play, things are certainly heating up in what is a two horse race for the title. One point currently separates the two clubs, so it is all still to play for as we enter the run-in.

But it is certainly City who find themselves in the better form. Indeed they have won nine of their last 10 league outings and in that time their main striker Sergio Aguero has found his goalscoring form. The Argentine has netted 10 goals in that time and him hitting his peak at the right time could well prove crucial as the Citizens look to retain their Premier League crown.

Sergio Aguero Manchester City

The goals of Sergio Aguero have helped Manchester City win their last five Premier League fixtures.

Liverpool have blown a big lead

On the 30th January, after Manchester City were beaten 2-1 away at Newcastle United, Liverpool had the opportunity to move seven points clear at the summit of the Premier League. City’s title odds had drifted out to 12/5 by this point, whilst the Reds were as short as 4/11.

They took on Leicester City at home, a team who hadn’t been playing too well under previous manager Claude Puel and took the lead early on thanks to a goal from Sadio Mane. But things turned around on the stroke of half time when Harry Maguire nodded the Foxes level. Liverpool couldn’t respond to that goal and the game finished 1-1 and although it moved them five points clear, it was an opportunity missed.

It is draws which are holding the Reds back at the moment and a major reason why they now find themselves a point behind Manchester City. Whilst they have only lost once in the Premier League compared to the four that City have lost, they have drawn seven which has certainly held them back.

In their last six Premier League fixtures the Reds have drawn four, and in two of those (Leicester City and West Ham United) they had taken the lead in the match. In the same time Manchester City have won five out of six, bouncing back from a defeat against Newcastle to claim maximum points from their last five outings. That has seen them surge past their North West rivals and into pole position.

Whilst Liverpool are solid as a rock at the back, with Virgil van Dijk consistently impressing, they are struggling to create that moment of magic to win games. In midfield they have some outstanding players such as Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum, but they are not players that are particularly forward thinking. The difference between City and Liverpool come May could be this, with the former having the likes of David Silva and Bernardo Silva to create something from nothing whilst it appears Liverpool lack that player.

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Premier League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp needs a response from his side in the coming weeks after dropping points in four of their last six.

Full Premier League Winner Odds:

(All odds with Sky Bet)

Manchester City – 1/3

Liverpool – 5/2

Manchester United – 250/1

Tottenham Hotspur – 500/1

Chelsea – 1000/1

Arsenal – 1500/1

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