While many see Klopp’s Liverpool as dark horses in the title race, Al Hain-Cole thinks an impressive Spurs side may offer the biggest threat to Guardiola’s league leaders
Having been cast as champions in waiting after winning all six of their opening six Premier League matches, Manchester City’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur appears to have blown the title race back open.
Priced as short as 4/7 (1.57) before their trip to White Hart Lane, Pep Guardiola’s men are now on offer at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365 to retain their current position at the top of the table come the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have won plenty of plaudits after hitting a joint best 18 goals in seven largely exciting matches so far, and are second favourites at 7/2 (4.50) to end their long wait for a 19th English title this time out.
Although many have highlighted the Reds’ lack of European commitments as a potentially decisive advantage in the hunt for the title, that price still seems rather short for a team that finished in eighth place last time out.
Instead, Arsenal look like much better value at 15/2 (8.50) as they continue to go from strength to strength since an opening day defeat against Liverpool which was partly explained by a number of key absentees.
Complemented by key new signings Granit Xhaka and Shkrodan Mustafi, a squad featuring the talents of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can certainly not be ruled out when it comes to major silverware.
Similarly, Tottenham seem distinctly undervalued at 8/1 (9.00) considering they sit just one point behind a Manchester City team they overcame in such impressive fashion recently, leaving them as the only unbeaten team left in the division.
Having offered the most sustained challenge to last season’s eventual champions Leicester City, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are well worth backing to go all the way this year.
Both struggling to find their stride under new management, Manchester United and Chelsea are now 16/1 (17.00) outsiders for the title, while Ronald Koeman’s Everton 150/1 (151.00) are rated above reigning champions Leicester City 250/1 (251.00) in what looks like an intriguing title race.