Leicester Backed Into 6/1 For Top 4 Finish

Martin Green

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 8:49 AM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 8:49 AM UTC

The Foxes have impressed the bookies with their start to the new season...
<p>The odds on Leicester securing a top four finish in the Premier League this season have been cut from 25/1 to just 6/1 following their strong start to the campaign. Brendan Rodgers’ men held Wolves to a 0-0 draw in their opener and then seized a precious point when they visited Stamford Bridge the following weekend. They beat Sheff Utd 2-1 on August 24 and swept Bournemouth aside in their last game. Brendan Rodgers’ men remain unbeaten and they are currently third in the table, and their form has clearly impressed the bookmakers.</p><p>Before the season began, the Foxes were expected to battle Wolves and Everton for seventh place. The Big Six looked unassailable and Leicester were given little chance of closing the gap. Yet they are now sitting above Arsenal, Man Utd, Tottenham and Chelsea in the table and they are playing with a lot more confidence than their rivals. Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, Unibet, Betfred and Betway are now among the betting sites offering just 6/1 on the Foxes securing a top four finish. But if you visit <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a> or <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a>, you can still find odds of 8/1 and that might tempt some punters.</p><div><h2>Top Four Rivals Struggle</h2><p>The shift in this market also reflects the poor start that Leicester’s rivals have endured to the season. Chelsea are significantly weakened after losing Eden Hazard and Maurizio Sarri in the summer, while being slapped with a transfer ban. New manager Frank Lampard has had to turn to youth, with varying degrees of success. The Blues were beaten 4-0 at Old Trafford in their curtain raiser, then they were pegged back to draw 1-1 with Leicester. They battled to a 3-2 win against Norwich at Carrow Road, but then slumped to an underwhelming 2-2 draw at home to newly promoted Sheff Utd.</p><p>Man Utd have gone well off the boil since thrashing Chelsea on the opening day of the season. They drew 1-1 with Wolves, lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace and then drew 1-1 with 10-man Southampton. It means they have endured their worst start to a Premier League season since the competition began in 1992. They are very much in transition under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they look like they will continue dropping points. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/premier-league/manchester-united-vs-leicester-city-3840828/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man Utd’s next match sees them take on Leicester and Old Trafford</a> and it will be fascinating to see who prevails. If the Foxes get a result there, it could really spark belief in their ability to gatecrash the top four.</p><h2>North London Clubs Offer Competition</h2><p>Spurs are also out of sorts. They have picked up strong away draws at Man City and Arsenal, while they eventually came from behind to beat Aston Villa at home, but they suffered a shock home defeat to Newcastle. Arsenal are the closest to Leicester in the league, with seven points from four games. They lost away at Liverpool, but they have beaten Newcastle and Burnley and they did well to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Tottenham last time out.</p><p>As it stands, Man City are 1/500 to secure a top four finish and Liverpool are 1/100. They are streets ahead of their rivals and look set to engage in another two-horsed race for the title. Leicester famously defied odds of 5,000/1 to win the title in 2016, but the top two are a lot stronger now and it seems unrealistic to think Rodgers’ men can catch them. You can find 250/1 on them winning the league at <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> if you think they can pull it off, but the top four seems like a more realistic goal.</p><p>Tottenham are now best priced at 11/20 (1.55) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Unibet</a>. Arsenal are 10/11 (1.91) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a>, while Man Utd have been pushed out to 6/4 (2.50) with various bookmakers. Paddy Power now has 13/5 (3.60) on Chelsea after their difficult start to the season. Then it is Leicester, whole Everton are 12/1, West Ham are 33/1 and Wolves are 40/1 with some bookies after taking just three points from their opening four games. Leicester are becoming an increasingly popular choice with punters and those odds will drop again if they vanquish the Red Devils at Old Trafford.</p></div>
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