One of the most competitive sections of the Premier League season is the race for a place in the Champions League and teams can only get there by making the Top 4 on the EPL League Table.
Getting into the top four of the Premier League Table not only brings in more money but also ensures the highest level of European football the following season and allows clubs to recruit the best players.
With the title race usually being decided by one or two teams, the contest for the top four is usually much more open, and 101 Great Goals examines the odds for 2021/22 in the Premier League to see which teams are favorites to take the final position.
Despite intense competition from Liverpool and Chelsea, Manchester City is the heavy favorite to retain their Premier League crown.
The title battle has been narrowed down to three serious contenders as the 2021-22 Premier League season approaches its regular Christmas halfway point.
Manchester City remains the odds-on favorites ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea, despite seeming unlikely to repeat their title-winning performance from last season.
FUTBALLNEWS has all the information you need on the favorites, underdogs, and outsiders to win the Premier League title at the end of the season.
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Manchester City, who were big favorites before the season began, are still 1/12 (1.08) favorites to win their eighth Premier League title after a good first half of the 2021-22 season.
Last season, Pep Guardiola’s team won the title by a comfortable 12-point margin, and they have begun to re-establish a dominant advantage over the pursuing pack.
Their combination of the league’s strongest defense and a prolific frontline with plenty of attacking options has helped them win more games than any other team this season, and they make a compelling case for why they are the team to beat.
Who are the other Premier League title contenders?
Liverpool seems to be back to something like its exciting best this season after seeing their title defense scuppered by a slew of injuries to key defensive players last season, and are priced at 9/1 (10.0) to stand between City and the trophy once more.
A Reds team that broke numerous records on the way to the 2018-19 title had looked set to push the champions all the way this time out until a dip in results over the Christmas period. With Mohamed Salah having an inspirational individual season and Virgil van Dijk providing his assured presence at the back once again, a Reds team that broke numerous records on the way to the 2018-19 title had looked set to push the champions all the way this time out until a dip in results over the Christmas period.
Chelsea are now a longer 25/1 (26.0) after sliding off the pace slightly throughout the autumn and winter period. They were neck-and-neck with Liverpool before the season began.
With half the season remaining, the reigning European champions remain a formidable force thanks to their star-studded team and Thomas Tuchel’s tactical skill and might represent good value at that price.
Who will finish in the Top 4?
After adding Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho, and Cristiano Ronaldo to their ranks last summer, Manchester United were expected to mount a serious title campaign, but they are now 250/1 (251.0) long bets after a rocky start to the season.
Arsenal boosted their chances of finishing in the top four with a 2-0 win over Leicester City, thanks to goals from Thomas Partey and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty kick.
Arsenal now has 25 points from their last 30 possible, with just a loss to Manchester City and a draw with Burnley blemishing their record. It’s in the same league as the division’s top two teams.
That streak, though, could be coming to an end soon, with Arsenal playing Liverpool in midweek before a tense trip to Villa Park to face a resurgent Villa side led by Steven Gerrard.
For the time being, they are the clear favorites to finish in the top four.
Changes in the chasing pack’s composition
Meanwhile, Manchester United pulled themselves back into the equation with a stunning win over Tottenham, who are themselves on the verge of dropping out of contention.
The Red Devils are presently a point behind Arsenal, despite the fact that they have played three more games than their north London rivals. As a result, they’re 7/2 underdogs to finish fourth at the end of the season, according to Bet365.
After scoring the opening goal in the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Jadon Sancho (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images).
Tottenham, on the other hand, has become even more unfavorable with their defeat to United, despite having arguably the easiest remaining fixtures of any of the teams in the race. They are six points behind Arsenal and 9/2 to finish fourth at the conclusion of the season, according to bet365, despite having played one more game.
Saloon of last resort
West Ham’s hopes of playing in the Champions League are still alive, however faint. With three games remaining and three points behind Arsenal, Moyes’ side appears to require a miracle to finish fourth, and are so priced at 16/1.
Wolves, who beat Aston Villa 2-1 in a gritty match, are another team in desperate need of a miracle. Bruno Lage, on the other hand, appears to have sailed this season, with bookmakers giving him chances of 50/1 for a fourth-place finish.
Top four Premier League odds as of today