Can Liverpool End Their 30-Year Title Drought? Or Will Leicester City Spoil the Party?
Liverpool have gone from second in the running to odds-on favourites to win the 2019/20 Premier League title. With 16 games played, they have already opened up a 14-point gap over last year’s champions Manchester City and they have gone unbeaten in 33 league matches.
The path is clear for the title favourites
Common sense dictates that either Liverpool or City should win the title. With City falling out of contention, the path is clear for Liverpool to stroll to their first league title since 1990. But, there is one extra factor to consider in the Premier League betting: Leicester City.
Leicester have form for defying the odds
The Foxes are an anomaly. An unknown quantity in an otherwise predictable equation. And the shadow of their 5000/1 title win in 2015/16 still looms large. City may have faded but the Leicester challenge is emerging with clarity.
Pep Guardiola’s men are still second-favourites with the bookies at 8/1. But Leicester ended the week six points ahead of City and eight behind Liverpool. They are currently available at the best price of 20/1 with the bookies. That may tempt punters looking for a value pick for a bonus offer such as the bet £10, get £20 from Virgin Bet. But are the Foxes realistic challengers to Jurgen Klopp’s men?
Reds odds-on but can they avoid a wobble?
Liverpool's current form is well documented but good runs have to start and end somewhere. With such a demanding fixture list, it will take a monumental effort for the Reds to maintain their current level over the course of the season. Even the most optimistic fan would expect them to have some kind of wobble over the next 22 league matches.
Foxes gone from 500/1 to 14/1
Meanwhile, Leicester appear to be entering a run of their own having won eight Premier League matches on the bounce. They also topped the scoring charts while conceding less than anyone else. Since losing to Watford in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge, the East Midlands side have lost four of 25 games and have lost once on home soil.
They have not drawn since August and only Manchester United and Liverpool have beaten them this term. Each month that goes by under Rodgers, their performances and results have improved. What’s more, they will have a much less congested fixture schedule over the rest of the season.
Ghosts of the past
The psychological fear of an ex-Liverpool manager thwarting the club's title challenge could also come into play. Things could get tense should the Foxes get within five points of the Anfield side. Liverpool’s biggest lead last season (with everyone having played equal games) was seven points. So, the eight-point lead over Leicester is by no means an emphatic cushion.
Having narrowly missed out on the title as Liverpool boss in 2013/14, it would be a cruel twist of fate if the Northern Irishman finally bagged the domestic title at the expense of his former club.
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