Palmerbet Sports Team reflect on a crazy New Year period that sent EPL title prices on a rollercoaster ride, and look forward to what we can expect in January.
The games come thick and fast over the New Year period and this year, to put it bluntly, was chaos. Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool was a distinct highlight, and closed the title gap to four points. It also kept the Sky Blues within touching distance. Had Liverpool won at the Etihad – which, had they received the rub of the green, was entirely possible – they would have stretched out to 10-point EPL leaders. We’re left to wonder just how short they would have gone should that have been the case. As it stands with a four-point buffer, they are $1.80 title favourites with Palmerbet over City at $2.25.
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 3, 2019
So who will crack first? It seems implausible that Liverpool can maintain their brilliance until the end of the season. But then again, can anyone see them being stopped? Well, not at the moment at least. There’s still a whopping 17 games to go, where much can happen. Let’s not forgot (look away now Reds fans) they had a FIVE point buffer with just three games remaining in 2013/14 before the infamous ‘slip up’. So, who will crack first – Liverpool or City? We delve deeper below.
Easing into the year
There’s no other way of saying this, but both sides have a fairly straightforward January schedule in the EPL. Well, as much as the world’s toughest league can be straightforward. Liverpool’s schedule from this weekend reads: Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester. A slightly easier fixture list for City reads: Wolves, Huddersfield, Newcastle. Only two of those sides – Leicester (7th) and Wolves (9th) – currently reside in the top half of the EPL table.
Liverpool has only dropped points to Man City, Arsenal, & Chelsea over four fixtures so far this season.
Out of the top 6 remaining, they have to play, Liverpool goes up against Spurs (H), Man United (A), & Chelsea (H).
— Anfield Press (@AnfieldPress) January 6, 2019
The Reds go into Sunday morning’s (02:00 AEDT) clash against Brighton as clear $1.29 favourites, before next weekend’s clash against Palace where they’re even shorter at $1.17. City start comfortable $1.17 favourites against Wolves on Tuesday morning (07:00 AEDT), before being even more fancied against Huddersfield away ($1.14) next weekend.
A third wheel?
After Boxing Day, Spurs had won five games in a row and were suddenly seen as genuine title hopes. Within an instant, however, that was dashed such is the small margin for error in the EPL. A howler of a clash at home against Wolves saw them lead 1-0 into the 72nd minute, only to lose 3-1.
RIP Tottenham's Title Challenge
26.12.18 – 29.12.18
Forever In Our Hearts
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) December 29, 2018
Now, six points behind Liverpool in third, they sit way back at $17 to claim the 2018/19 EPL title. Perhaps their price is indicative of the fact they face a revitalised Man United this weekend. With five wins on the bounce since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, United go to Wembley as $3.50 outsiders, with Spurs currently sitting at $2.
Spurs might take solace in the fact that, at least, they’re still in with a chance. Chelsea are the fourth favourite (currently) to win the title at $101. So they’re out of the reckoning, it would seem. Spurs stand as the only obstacle to the continued ‘two-horse race’ chat. A three-way battle would only liven things up. COYS.