Many are stating that this season’s Premiership is the best Premiership season ever and they might just be right. Every part of the Premiership is as competitive as it has ever been and at this stage even the bookies aren’t sure what is going to happen.
We are used to having one or two teams in the title race, whilst many would argue that this is the case once again it is hard to say that Arsenal are out of the hunt for the title, they are only three points off the top spot. You could even argue that Man City could win it, they have only seven points to make up and bigger leads have been surrendered than that. The bookies make Chelsea the favourites to win the league, and rightly so, but Arsenal look the value at 9/2 considering Man Utd are 11/4 and Chelsea are odds on at 4/5.
There is without doubt the best battle for fourth this year, Man City, Spurs, Aston Villa and Liverpool are all definitely competing for that last Champions League place and you could even argue Birmingham are, although we doubt they have the staying power. Man City’s chances of breaking into the top four are rated 50:50 by the bookies and they are favourites, if you believe the bookies then Liverpool will come fifth with Tottenham and Aston Villa in behind respectively.
And how about relegation? Portsmouth may be four points adrift at the bottom but there are only three points separating 19th to 13th place inclusive. Even Stoke in 10th are just six points off the drop zone and far from safe. The bookies think Portsmouth, Hull and Burnley are most likely to go, in that order, which means they clearly don’t rate Brian Laws as a manager.
The beauty of this season’s Premiership is that no one is going to draw clear in their respective battles because everyone is beating everyone. It will probably take the smallest amount of points ever to take the title with Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal dropping points regularly.