Manchester City now favourites for the title?
Man City picked up three points against Liverpool last week, so does this now make them favourites again for the title?
Prior the start of this seasons Premier league it looked to be how far would Manchester City win this time around following their record breaking year last season. However, they certainly have not had it all their own way as Liverpool continue to improve, and at present sit clear at the top of the table. They had a healthy seven point lead going into the clash with City last week, which was being viewed as a must win game for City if they were to defend their title this season. City did pick up the three points following a 2-1 victory at home, so does this now make them favourites again for the title?
Following the opening 21 league games, Manchester City have a points total of 50 putting them now four behind Liverpool. They are also now slight underdogs in the betting at a general 6/5 for the title, but punters are still supporting them using the latest betfair sign up offers. They also have an identical goal difference of 39 having conceded 17 goals, with a league high of 56 goals scored. This is no surprise considering the attractive attacking football they now play under Pep Guardiola, and many people believe this could be one of the greatest teams we have ever seen. This just goes to show how well Liverpool are performing at present, after building on their run to last season’s Champions League final.
There is little doubt that the Premier league is flourishing, so could this be the year we finally see an English side pick up the Champions League trophy again? Manchester City started the season as expected in dominant form, which resulted in their odds shortening for the league title. However, the club stuttered badly in December, that saw them lose three out of four league games. This started with the 2-0 defeat away at Chelsea, before the shock 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. They then followed this up by losing 2-1 away at Leicester City, with Delph picking up a late red card.
City now seem to have turned a corner again and look back to their best, which was shown in them ending the unbeaten run of title rivals Liverpool. Manchester City now have a very important run of games as they look to claw back the four point deficit. The run of five games starts against Wolves, Huddersfield and Newcastle. City will expect to win all these games comfortably before the two big clashes against London sides Arsenal and Chelsea. If City can get through these games unblemished, then they are likely to be strong title favourites with an attractive looking run for the end of the season in comparison to Liverpool.
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