Extending their lead to eight points after Man City dropped points at home again, Liverpool have leapfrogged into favouritism for the 2019/20 EPL season.
It’s official: the Reds are EPL favourites.
Liverpool’s last-gasp win over Leicester on the weekend was their 17th league victory in a row. The win sent them eight points ahead of Man City and – perhaps most importantly – has seen them overtake their rivals as EPL favourites this season with Palmerbet. The Reds are now into $1.67 after starting the season at $3.75 with Palmerbet. Conversely, Pep Guardiola’s City side have gone out to $2.20 after starting the season at $1.40. Prior to the weekend’s results, Liverpool’s lead of five points at the top still wasn’t enough for the bookies to instil them as favourites such is the dominance of City in recent years. But the sky blues’ inept effort against Wolves (despite starting $1.14 favourites with Palmerbet) has seen the tide turn. Jurgen Klopp is now odds-on to become the first Liverpool manager in 30 years to take the club to a top-flight title.
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 5, 2019
Liverpool’s to lose?
Some have baited Reds fans by saying the EPL title is already ‘theirs to lose’. But Klopp won’t be getting carried away. He can’t afford to. Just eight games into a 38-game season – there is plenty of time for City to peg the lead back, especially with two fixtures against each other to come. And it would appear it is only City who can do it. The next-best priced title hope is $61 Chelsea with Palmerbet. Nevertheless, the eight-point gap can’t be disregarded so early in the EPL season…
24 – Liverpool
16 – Man City
The biggest lead after eight games in the Premier League era. 😱
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 6, 2019
Where has it gone wrong for City?
Primarily, City have struggled defensively thus far this season. Without Aymeric Laporte at centre-back, Guardiola’s side have lost the stability that allow it to then launch. Gary Neville said that the sky blues are now gettable. “City haven’t shown vulnerability for two years. They’re now vulnerable. And teams will believe they can beat them,” he said on Sky Sports. In fact, City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games this EPL season. Throughout last year’s entire season they dropped just three points at the Etihad. The effort against Wolves was also only the second time in 45 league games that City have failed to score.
🗣| Pep Guardiola:
“The distance to Liverpool is big, but we must not think about the eight-point gap. We are still in October and there are lots of games and lots of competitions to play.” pic.twitter.com/75gcbDHtRg
— City Chief (@City_Chief) October 7, 2019
Could history repeat?
Liverpool fans won’t be counting their chickens. Because they’ve been in this position before, as England legend Gary Linekar reminded everyone on the weekend…
Surely it’s Liverpool’s title now. It’s not like they’ve given up substantial leads before.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 6, 2019
At this stage in 85-86, Manchester United were nine points clear of the eventual champions Liverpool.
— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) October 6, 2019
But most see Liverpool as a stronger side than the one that let the title ‘slip’ under Brendan Rodgers in 2014/15. And given they lost just one game last EPL season (and none thus far in 2019/20), we know they simply don’t leak goals. The evolution of the club under Klopp has been profound. The shift in class and depth is stark when you compare his side now compared to the one he inherited.
Klopp’s first Liverpool XI vs. Klopp’s latest Liverpool XI 👀 pic.twitter.com/uXj7HYj4yk
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 8, 2019