Premier League 2020/21 Title Winner Predictions, Odds and Picks
- The Premier League title is Manchester City’s to lose after a fantastic run
- Liverpool will relinquish the crown after ending a 30-year drought last season
- If City somehow slip up, Manchester United are best placed to take advantage
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Premier League Title Winner Odds
Odds taken 1 March, 2021 from DraftKings Sportsbook
|West Ham United||+75000|
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Premier League Title Winner Predictions and Picks
In the first half of the season, it looked as if Premier League fans would be treated to a classic title race. Unfortunately for neutrals, that has not come to pass. Manchester City’s relentless form in the last few months has seen them open up a 12-point lead at the summit of the standings, and it would take a stunning collapse for them to finish anywhere other than first.
The odds in this market might not look too tempting at first glance, but bettors have a couple of options. First, why not have a small flutter on Manchester United, Leicester City, Chelsea or Liverpool to win the league? It might look almost impossible but there is high reward and little risk, as long as your stake is small.
An even better option would be a combination bet. Take a look at our other Premier League futures articles and, before putting money on one of the options in those markets, add Manchester City as title winners to make it a combination bet.
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|What||2020/21 Premier League season|
|When||Now – 23 May 2021|
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Manchester City Way Out in Front Thanks to Brilliant Winning Run
Owing to the late start, the 2020/21 Premier League season has been much more condensed than usual. As such, the narratives and stories throughout the division have changed at a rapid pace. Take Manchester City. The general consensus was that Pep Guardiola’s side were not capable of winning the title after a 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in November. That result left City in mid-table and meant they had only won three of their first nine fixtures.
The upturn in fortunes was not immediate. City dropped four points in ties with Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion in December. Since then, however, the champions-elect have been flawless. City have won each of their last 14 Premier League matches, and 20 games in a row in all competitions. They are playing entertaining, dominant, attacking soccer once again, and the rest of the Premier League has had no answer.
City’s defensive brittleness undermined their challenge in 2019/20. Liverpool were superb and fully deserved the title, but it did not feel like Guardiola’s men had done themselves justice. The same sloppiness at the back was present in the early weeks of this season, most notably in the 5-2 thrashing by Leicester. But City have tightened up considerably since then, and have conceded a league-low 16 goals after 26 rounds of fixtures. It is surely a matter of when, not if, City get their hands on the trophy.
Manchester United Do Not Seem to Fully Believe in Themselves
Nine different teams have topped the Premier League at some stage this season, which evidences how open the division was before City tightened their grip on top spot. While Southampton and Arsenal only held onto first place ever so briefly, Manchester United were looking down from the summit of the standings for most of January. Curiously, though, they did not seem to completely believe in themselves even when they had more points than any other sides in the top flight.
It is true that United were not expected to win the title last summer, as pre-season odds of +1200 indicate. But this has been a unique campaign in many ways, and it is hard to shake the feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side talked themselves out of a challenge. The manager has publicly insisted his team are not ready to win the league, which is a curious position to take given they were top at the halfway point of the campaign.
United are clearly moving in the right direction, but their title tilt has been undermined by a lack of ambition in the biggest matches. They have drawn 0-0 with Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea twice, and 2-2 with Leicester. None of those are bad results in isolation, but two or three wins in those matches – even if they came alongside a couple of defeats – would have them closer to the top right now.
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Liverpool and Chelsea Are Too Far Back to Challenge for the Title
Interestingly, Leicester and West Ham United are further back in the odds despite being third and fourth in the table respectively. That suggests the bookmakers anticipate a drop-off from both teams in the coming weeks, and it is certainly hard to envisage either side putting together a winning run that could somehow reel in Manchester City.
Liverpool are six points behind Leicester at present, but they may well fancy their chances of finishing closer to City than the Foxes. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been hugely unfortunate with injuries this term, with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk all out for the season. Even Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, the stand-in center-backs, have struggled with fitness problems of late. The Reds still possess ample attacking firepower, though, and Klopp will be keen to see his team end the season strongly ahead of next term.
Chelsea decided to sack club legend Frank Lampard in January, with Thomas Tuchel unveiled as his replacement. The Blues are unbeaten under the German, who has made the side a lot more structurally solid than was the case under Lampard. As a consequence, Chelsea are right in the mix for a top-four place, which is a huge improvement on the situation around six weeks ago.
Ultimately, though, Chelsea – like Liverpool, Manchester United, Leicester and the rest – will be forced to watch on as City win the Premier League title this season.