Arsenal favoured in Premier League title race
Arsenal dealt high-flying Leicester City their third loss of the season when they beat the Foxes 2-1 at the Emirates. Although Leicester City remain atop the table with a 15-8-3 mark and 53 points, Arsenal nip at their heels, two points adrift – a tally of 51 points the Gunners share with the Spurs, mind – putting Arsene Wenger’s side into an advantageous position that has resulted in meaningful movement on the Premier League futures board: Arsenal are now installed as the team to beat in the title race.
Bet365 has the Gunners hanging at their best price yet of 2.50, well ahead of Leicester City at 4.00 To add insult to injury, even Tottenham Hotspur are priced better than the Foxes, emerging as the second favourites at 3.50, It remains to be seen whether the market is right, but one thing worth considering is the real possibility Leicester City will remain at the top of the table for yet another week in England’s top flight. If not longer…watch this space.
Arsenal have a tough week ahead with an FA Cup date with Hull City at the weekend, followed by the dreaded date with Barcelona in the Champions League R16 before they get down to the business of potentially ascending the Premier League table at the expense of Manchester United at the Old Trafford on match day 27, less than a fortnight from today.
Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, look ahead to a date with Fiorentina on Thursday in Europa League, reprising last term’s R32 clash that they lost 3-1 on aggregate, despite being touted as one of the tournament favourites to hoist the coveted trophy. Putting more pressure on the Spurs is an FA Cup date with Crystal Palace on Sunday, mere days after returning from Italy.
Leicester City, by comparison, have naught to do this week but twiddle their thumbs and prepare for a date with the “mighty” Norwich City on match day 27. The mere absence of any other commitments, save the singular pursuit of the Premier League title, gives them an unequivocal advantage. Plus the fact that their next four fixtures after Norwich City include West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace – all bottom-half-of-the-table sides in the Premier League at the time of writing.
Relegation rags-to-riches Leicester City have made this one of the most pulsating title races in recent memory. Would it be really so shocking if a season that never really made sense finished on the rather unbelievable note; Leicester City crowned champions?
By that same token, would another club outside of this aforementioned triplet scripting the fairy tale ending be so shocking? Perhaps, only the most farfetched denouement could do this befuddling season fitting justice, such as West Ham United or Southampton (both at 1001.00 to win the title) galloping across the finish-line in a photo finish.
Table 1: Odds To Win Premier League at Bet365 ahead of match day 27
|West Ham United||1001.00|