We look at how the market has fluctuated between the start of the season to now.
It’s been a scintillating start to the Premier League and those at the top have a chance to take stock of the season so far and assess their title chances.
Well, here at Betting Insider we’re doing the same, by looking at the top eight (yes, that includes Bournemouth and Wolves) and seeing how their title odds have changed between the start of the season, the first international break, and now.
Some have fluctuated, others have stayed very similar. Let’s dive right in…
1st – Man City
Odds on 4th August – 8/11
Odds on 8th September – 4/6
Odds now – 4/6
Percentage chance of winning the league – 60%
They might not be miles clear already like they were last season, but Man City are still comfortable favourites to retain their title. Currently joint-top with Chelsea, their odds haven’t really changed over the course of the season and are most definitely the ones to catch.
2nd – Chelsea
Odds on 4th August – 14/1
Odds on 8th September – 14/1
Odds now – 9/1
Percentage chance of winning the league – 10%
It seems that it took a while for bookies to warm to Chelsea as being genuine title threats, but they are now as short as they have ever been this season and are one of three unbeaten teams in the league.
3rd - Liverpool
Odds on 4th August – 21/5
Odds on 8th September – 11/4
Odds now – 13/5
Percentage chance of winning the league – 27.8%
Comfortable second favourites at the start of the season, Liverpool remain there and will take heart from shutting out Manchester City at Anfield. The pressure is on to win their first league title of the 21st century, but they’ve arguably never had a better squad to do so.
4th – Arsenal
Odds on 4th August – 25/1
Odds on 8th September – 66/1
Odds now – 50/1
Percentage chance of winning the league – 2%
The Gunners are flying under Unai Emery and have racked up eight straight wins in all competitions, getting over their initial two defeats quickly. They’ve gone out slightly and won’t be expected to challenge, but stranger things have happened…
5th – Tottenham
Odds on 4th August – 19/1
Odds on 8th September – 20/1
Odds now – 35/1
Percentage chance of winning the league – 2.8%
Spurs have the same record as Arsenal but will possibly be more exasperated with their start: Looking irresistible at times (v Man Utd) and ordinary at others (v Liverpool). Not much more likely than Arsenal to win it all, they may have to reorganise their aspirations.
6th – Bournemouth
Odds on 4th August – 1000/1
Odds on 8th September – 1000/1
Odds now – 1000/1
Percentage chance of winning the league – 0.1%
Now the two teams who have surprised: Little old Bournemouth continue to astound under Eddie Howe and are in the European spots on merit. I could insert a Leicester City 2016 comparison here, but we’ve seen enough of those over the last two years…
7th – Wolves
Odds on 4th August – 300/1
Odds on 8th September – 750/1
Odds now – 500/1
Percentage chance of winning the league – 0.2%
Maybe less of a surprise (but no less impressive) is Wolves’ strong start, having only lost once so far. The old gold were always expected to be the best of the promoted sides and a strong defence has propelled them up the table. Again, it’s unlikely they will be climbing much further this season though.
8th – Man Utd
Odds on 4th August – 8/1
Odds on 8th September – 40/1
Odds now – 100/1
Percentage chance of winning the league – 1%
Finally, where do you even begin to start with Man Utd? They’ve had a rollercoaster start and their pre-season odds look optimistically short right about now. Who knows where they will finish, who knows how long they will keep their current manager? Buckle up United fans.