After nine wins in 10 games, Manchester City have shifted into their shortest price in three months to claim the 2018/19 EPL title.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are back to their dominant, relentless best.
After another three points on the weekend – this time a more timid 1-0 away win against Bournemouth – the Sky Blues have shortened even further in Palmerbet’s EPL title market. The win moved them into $1.35, their shortest price since early December. After three months in second, they feel they’re finally back where they belong.
📅 29th December:
📅 3rd March:
— SPORF (@Sporf) March 3, 2019
Tight at the back
Perhaps most pleasingly for City fans has been their resolute defending. Everyone is well aware of their attacking riches, but Guardiola has really sured-up the back four. With four clean sheets in a row, they’re closing the gap on Liverpool to be the league’s best defensive unit. They say defence wins you championships, and in City’s case if the likes of Laporte, Stones, Otamendi and Kompany can keep things compact until May, then they’ll be lifting the EPL trophy yet again.
Pep “I don’t want to see excuses about tiredness, fixtures, schedules or how many games. That is nothing. When you have the dream to fight until the end, to retain the title, the power and the energy to give you that, it is higher than any excuses you can find.”
— The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) February 26, 2019
Reds slide continues
As much as City have been sublime, Liverpool seem to have lost their cutting edge. Jurgen Klopp’s side have drawn four of their last six games. Their latest – a 0-0 effort in the Merseyside Derby on the weekend – saw them slip further in Palmerbet’s title market. After the draw against Man United on Feb 25, Liverpool moved from $2.20 to $2.60. Now, they’ve shifted all the way out to $3.20.
“The season is not over and we will not give up.” 💪
Jürgen Klopp has vowed his side will remain positive in their pursuit of the @premierleague title.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 5, 2019
Klopp desperate for attacking threat
After leading by as much as 10 points, a series of lacklustre performances has fans worried. Not that they’d admit it. Jurgen Klopp insists he isn’t worried, but the memes about Liverpool’s ‘botching’ of another title race continue to flow.
Liverpool letting their title chances slip like… pic.twitter.com/HK7NoEasGv
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) March 3, 2019
The important point is, Klopp’s side has been far from poor. The front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane, however, have failed to gel as they did earlier in the season. In four of their last six EPL games, the Reds have finished with one goal or less, hardly the attacking unit they’re noted as being.
Top four heats up
While City and Liverpool slog it out for the EPL title, recent results has seen the battle for fourth – and now third – heat up. Just two weeks ago, Spurs were at an almost unbackable $1.11 to finish in the top four. Nine points clear of Man United in fourth, it seems inevitable they would stay there and lock-in a Champions League spot. But having secured just one point in their last three games, the tide has turned. All of a sudden Spurs (61pts), United (58pts), Arsenal (57pts) and Chelsea (56pts) are separated by just five points.
Chelsea win 2-1. Now only two points off the top four with a game in hand. Another step towards redemption for Sarri and Jorginho?
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) March 3, 2019