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Premier League Odds: Who will be top at Christmas?

 

Update: 16.09.21

We’re now four games into the new season and not a single side has enjoyed a perfect start to the campaign. The top four sides sit on 10 points apiece with each having enjoyed three wins and a single draw from their four league outings, while reigning champions Manchester City sit just a point behind having won three and lost one. Understandably things are still extremely tight at the top end of the division, however as we edge closer to Christmas we’ll start to get a hint of who the main title contenders will be. Indeed whoever is top of the table at Christmas will be deemed to have the best chance of becoming Premier League champions and Man City are favourites to be at the summit of the table as we all tuck into our turkey and stuffing.

 

Manchester City – 9/4

Manchester City have bounced back from their opening-day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur with three straight league victories and a 6-3 thrashing of RB Leipzig in their opening Champions League group match of the new campaign. The Citizens are firm favourites to lift the domestic title for the fourth time in five seasons and there bookies also make them favourites to be top at Christmas.

 

Chelsea – 5/2

European champions Chelsea dropped points in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield last month but they have also bagged three wins from their four Premier League outings and are fancied to once again claim a Champions League berth this season. The Blues will surely be one of the main contenders for the title at the end of the campaign and the bookies go a general 5/2 that they are at the top of the tree at Christmas.

 

Manchester United – 5/2

Current Premier League leaders Manchester United have enjoyed some hugely convincing wins this season, most notably their 5-1 thrashing of Leeds United in their season opener and a 4-1 thumping of Newcastle United after the return from the international break. There was disappointment in the Champions League when they lost 2-1 away to Young Boys in their first group outing of the competition, however the bookies fancy their chances of still being top of the table at Christmas.

 

Liverpool – 5/2

Liverpool currently sit level on points with Manchester United, Chelsea and arch-rivals Everton at the top of the Premier League table after four games, the Reds only dropping points against Chelsea last month. Once again expected to be one of the title challengers at the latter end of the campaign, most bookies go 5/2 that they sit at the summit of the Premier League table at Christmas.

 


 

Update: 01.09.21

The general rule is that whoever sits atop the Premier League table will be deemed to have the best chance of winning the title at the end of the season, however that certainly wasn’t the case in 2020/21 with eventual winners Manchester City sitting well adrift of pole position as we tucked into our turkey and stuffing. As things stand, Tottenham Hotspur sit in pole position in the league table, however will Nuno’s men still be flying high at Christmas?

 

Manchester City – 13/8

Having lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener, Manchester City have pulled themselves together and thrashed Norwich City and Arsenal by 5-0 scoreline. Indeed Pep Guardiola’s men took a while to get going in 2020/21 but they have set their stall early on this time around. The Citizens may be seventh in the division as things stand but they are joint-top-scorers alongside West Ham United with ten goals to their name and the bookies make them 13/8 favourites to be top at Christmas.

 

Chelsea – 9/4

Chelsea dropped two points in their weekend meeting with Liverpool at Anfield but otherwise they have been in fine fettle this season with wins over Crystal Palace (3-0) and Arsenal (0-2) in their opening two games. After three Premier League games, the Blues sit fourth in the division behind Manchester United, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur but the bookies make them second-favourites to top of the pile at Christmas.

 

Liverpool – 5/2

Liverpool’s winning start to the season came to an end when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea last weekend but having already beaten Norwich City (0-3) and Burnley (2-0), Jurgen Klopp will clearly be satisfied by his side’s start to the campaign. The Reds sit level on points with Chelsea in the league table and the bookies go 5/2 that they are top at Christmas.

 

Manchester United – 10/3

Despite being somewhat inconsistent at times last season, Manchester United still managed to finish the campaign as runners-up behind winners Manchester City. The Red Devils opened their 2021/22 account with a 5-1 demolition of Leeds United and while they have been much quieter on the goal-scoring front since then with a 1-1 draw at Southampton and a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the bookies go just 10/3 that they haul themselves into pole position at Christmas.

 

Tottenham Hotspur – 16/1

Tottenham Hotspur currently sit atop the Premier League table, Jose Mourinho’s men being the only side in the top-flight to enjoy a 100% record after three games. The North Londoners have enjoyed 1-0 wins over Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford in their opening three games, however the bookies don’t really fancy their chances of staying top at Christmas with most firms going 16/1.

 


 

Update: 26.08.21

The new season is now in full swing and defending champions Manchester City have bounced back from their opening-weekend 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and returned to winning ways with a 5-0 demolition of new-boys Norwich City. Nevertheless the upper reaches of the early Premier League table has a slight ring of unfamiliarity about it with West Ham United currently sitting in pole position and Brighton & Hove Albion occupying fourth position. This surely won’t be the way of things as we approach the Christmas period will it? We see what the bookies think…

 

Manchester City – 13/8

While their odds have drifted somewhat non recent days, the general consensus is that defending champions Manchester City will be in pole position as we all tuck into our turkey and stuffing on Christmas morning. Pep Guardiola’s men were slow off the starting blocks but that was also the case at the start of 2020/21 and they went on to clinch the Premier League title in impressive fashion. City bounced back from their opening-day defeat to Spurs by thumping Norwich City 5-0 last time out and the bookies go 13/8 that they will be league leaders on Christmas Day.

 

Chelsea  –  9/4

With two wins from two games, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Blues are one of the favourites to be top of the tree at Christmas. Thomas Tuchel’s men have got things off to a fine start this season with maximum points collected in their opening two matches against Crystal Palace (3-0) and Arsenal (0-2), the bookmakers going a general 9/4 that they lead the top-flight on December 25th.

 

Liverpool  –  5/2

Despite some hugely disappointing home form in the latter stages of the campaign, Liverpool still managed to clinch a Champions League berth at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and once again they are one of the early frontrunners in the race to be crowned champions. Generally, whoever is top of the tree at Christmas goes on to secure the Premier League title and Jurgen Klopp’s men are a general 5/2 shot to achieve this aim. The Reds have enjoyed wins over Norwich City (0-3) and Burnley (2-0) in their two opening league matches and the general consensus is that they will be amongst the title contenders come the end of the season.

 

Manchester United  –  9/2

Manchester United got themselves off the starting blocks in hugely impressive fashion when thumping Leeds United 5-1 at Old Trafford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were expected to enjoy another convincing win against Southampton in their subsequent outing. In the end the Red Devils could only manage a share of the spoils following a 1-1 draw on the south coast but they remain the only other side to be priced at single figures to be top of the table on Christmas Day.

 


 

Update: 17.08.21

The 2021/22 Premier League campaign is now underway and there were certainly a few shocks in the opening weekend, not least newly-promoted Brentford’s 2-0 win over city rivals Arsenal. Defending champions Man City also suffered defeat to Spurs in their season opener but given that they started slowly last season, will they haul themselves into pole position at Christmas?

 

Manchester City  –  Evens

Manchester City got things off to a very slow start in 2020/21 but they woke up from their slumber after Christmas and they soon hauled themselves up into pole position where they remained until the end of the campaign. The Citizens were eight points adrift of the top of the table at Christmas 2020 but they enjoyed some excellent results in the new year while defending champions Liverpool slumped alarmingly. The defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend resulted in City’s odds on being top at Christmas drifting ever so slightly to Evens but the general consensus is that Pep Guardiola’s men will be the ones to beat this term.

 

Liverpool  –  11/4

Liverpool got things off to a great start when thumping newly-promoted Norwich City in a one-sided season opener and they are second favourites to top the Premier League table at Christmas. Indeed Jurgen Klopp’s men were in pole position on December 25th 2020 and they then suffered a dreadful slump in form which resulted in them dropping completely out of the European berths in the following weeks. They salvaged for themselves a Champions League place in the end and the bookies make them join second-favourites alongside Chelsea to be top at the festive period.

 

Chelsea  –  11/4

European champions Chelsea finished last season in fourth position in the Premier League and they were quick off the starting blocks at the beginning of 2021/22 when thumping Crystal Palace to the tune of 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s men enjoyed a strong finish to last season and the bookies make them join second-favourites alongside Liverpool to be top of the tree at Christmas.

 

Manchester United  –  4/1

The only other side to be in single figures in the ‘Top at Christmas’ betting market are Manchester United who got things off to a storming start with a 5-1 win over arch-rivals Leeds United in their season opener. The Red Devils were runners-up at the close of 2020/21 and most pundits expect them to be amongst the title challengers towards the end of the current campaign.

 


 

29.07.21

Just two weeks remain before the 2021/22 Premier League campaign gets underway and several sides are in the frame as far as the title is concerned, however the big question is – who will be top of the table at Christmas?

Manchester City secured the Premier League title with plenty of room to spare at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and they will almost certainly feature heavily next time around, however they will face some tough opposition along the way. Liverpool will look to retake the title which they won in 2019/20 while arch-rivals Manchester United will aim to go one better than their second-placed finish of last term. Indeed, generally the side which sits atop the Premier League table at Christmas has a good chance of remaining there until the end of the campaign, the leaders at the festive period going on to win the title five times from the last seven seasons. We take a look at the leading contenders for the upcoming campaign…

 

Manchester City  –  10/11

Manchester City had a slow start to the season in 2020/21 and at Christmas they were eight points off the pace, Liverpool occupying top spot as the country ripped open their presents. Fast forward to the end of the season and the Citizens stormed to the title on the back of some amazing results while Liverpool had slumped due to an appalling home run. This time around, City are expected to get off to a strong start and most bookies have them priced as odds-on favourites at 10/11 to be top at Christmas.

 

Liverpool  –  7/2

As mentioned already, Liverpool were top of the table last Christmas but a dreadful home run saw them surrender this lofty position and they ultimately finished third in the Premier League. The Reds will be desperate to retake the title they won in 2019/20 and the bookies go 7/2 that they sit at the summit of the table as we all tuck into our turkey (or vegetarian option).

 

Chelsea  –  7/2

Chelsea finished fourth in the final Premier League table last term but they succeeded in becoming European champions for the second time in their history and on that basis, the bookies believe that they will get things off to a bright start in 2021/22. The Blues enjoyed a solid finish to last season and while many believe they will struggle to lift the title, the bookies make them joint second-favourites alongside Liverpool to be top at Christmas.

 

Manchester United  –  4/1

Manchester United finished second in the league table at the end of last season with twelve points separating them from champions Manchester City. The Red Devils enjoyed and excellent second-half of the campaign and they should feature in the title race next time around, the bookies going 4/1 that they top the Premier League table at Christmas.