Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side seem to have turned a corner in their quest to land back-to-back Premier League titles. The current champions scraped a 2-1 win over rivals Tottenham with the help of an injury-time winner from Roberto Firmino. That result saw the Reds Premier League winner odds shorten from 2/1 (3.0) to 6/5 (2.2) with bet365. Conversely, second-favourites Manchester City have been pushed from 7/4 (2.75) to out to 5/2 (3.5) with William Hill. With such an unpredictable season so far, it’s good to know where bettors can find the best sports betting bonus codes offered by popular bookmakers.
The question becomes, is the title now Liverpool’s to lose?
It’s been a topsy turvy season with Liverpool already having dropped points in five of their opening 13 fixtures. Their one defeat was a shocker – a 7-2 loss away at Villa Park. Few would have predicted that outcome. Furthermore, they dropped points to Brighton and new boys Fulham.
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City were hot, odds on favourites before a ball was kicked in the 2021 campaign. However, with only five league wins from 12 outings they are struggling. It’s fair to say that they have been below their usual standards this season. You get the feeling that if they were all cylinders blazing, Liverpool would be facing a mountain. The Cityzens haven’t looked comfortable though, especially in front of goal. They have managed only 18 goals in the opening 12 matches which is almost half of their total at the same stage last season (35). As a result, they find themselves ninth in the table. Of course, it would be silly to write them off just yet, but at 5/2 (3.5) with most bookies – it’s not looking great.
Spurs have emerged as the dark horses of the campaign. Jose Mourinho led them to a sixth-place finish last season and a similar finish was expected this year. However, they are looking sharp. After 13 games they are the second-highest scorers and share the best defensive record with Manchester City. They are second in the table and have given themselves in a great position. Although they lost to Liverpool, it was a very close match which could have gone either way. Spurs spurned several chances including hitting the post. If they can maintain this level, they will certainly be in the mix.
Manchester United have been getting a lot of stick lately. This was made worse with their departure from the Champions League this season in the group stages. Because of that, their league form has gone under the radar. Their troubles at Old Trafford are well documented, but away from home – they have won 10 in a row. This has only been achieved twice before in the league’s history. The Red Devils have won seven from 12 – two more than Manchester City have managed. And, if they win their game in hand, they will reach second spot in the table, only two points behind Liverpool. It might be far-fetched to say that United have a chance, but at odds of 12/1 (13.0), it could be worth backing with the rest of the pack out of form.
It’s hard to say what matches might cause Liverpool problems but with three matches coming up against clubs out the top 10, you would expect them to keep winning. Liverpool face off against Manchester United on the 17th of January, a match that could hold great significance come the end of the season. For now, though, the Reds have taken control at the top of the table and will take some shifting.