Manchester City has started the English Premier League season off with a bang, jumping out to an 8-point lead, turning the Futures Book outright market here into an interesting proposition once again with some quality clubs all have some perceived value now on the oddsboard.
The chatterbox announcers on the Boob Tube have already started with their damned rhetorical, “Can anybody catch Manchester City?” crap, and although Gabriel Jesus and the Citizens have gotten off to a wonderful start this 2017/18 English Premier League season with an unbeaten 10-1-0 record (38 GF-7 GA, 31 points) and currently have an 8-point lead over second-place clubs Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, there are still 27 fricking fixtures to be played and Thanksgiving is still a week away and none of us have started our Christmas shopping. So it’s way too early to crown Kings, fellas. Snap out of it for the love of George Best. Maybe a 15-point lead at this still somewhat early—less than a third over—point in the season and then maybe donning the Citizens rhetorical champions of the Premiership would fly, but to think City won’t suffer at least 2 Losses and stub their Sky Blue toes once or thrice in the next 7 months is just plain silliness Mr. Cleese, especially seeing how GK David De Gea and the Red Devils have only allowed 5 goals in 11 matches to date while GK Hugo Lloris and Spurs have only let 7 in through their first 11 EPL dates. Don’t forget them.
If Manchester United can play better football on the Road and if Lloris, Harry Kane and Dele Alli and Tottenham can improve at Home in London where Spurs have been forced to play all of their Home games at Wembley Stadium while their new stadium is being built, then the race on top of the English Premier League table should tighten up. And let’s not forget Eden Hazard, Álvaro Morata, Willian, Thibaut Courtois and defending EPL champions Chelsea who will make a run at some point once the Blues figure out chemistry and start putting the ball into the goals some more. They have heart. But heading into Matchweek 12 play, Chelsea had only scored half as many Goals (19) as Manchester City (38), and the West London club’s letting go off electric playmaker Kevin De Bruyne continues to haunt the Royal blue-blooded fans at Stamford Bridge. The Blues has De Bruyne (and Mata and Lukaku mind you), but let him go so a guy like Oscar could get time in their Advanced Midfield. This was dumb. Really dumb.
Here are the latest 2017/18 English Premier League Futures (Outright) Odds from Offshore sportsbook Intertops, and as you can see, the odds in this market have moved significantly since Open with Sergio Agüero (8 goals), Raheem Sterling (7 goals), De Bruyne and Jesus (7 goals) and Manchester City now prohibitive chalks to win the EPL championship.
Manchester City -714
Manchester United 14/1
Tottenham Hotspur 14/1
Leicester City 750/1
Newcastle United 1,000/1
West Ham United 1,000/1
AFC Bournemouth 1,500/1
Huddersfield Town 1,500/1
Stoke City 1,500/1
West Bromwich Albion 1,500/1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2,000/1
Swansea City 2,000/1
Crystal Palace 3,000/1
Manchester United, Spurs, Chelsea All Have Realistic Mathematical Shots, Guile to Catch the Citizens
With so much Soccer left to be played and UEFA Champions league concerns also still a reality for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham who all now look proudly poised to advance to the Knockout Phase of that prestigious tournament. So the main contenders should all equally be worn out with managers all having to face the same delicate balance of juggling Rosters for both league and high-profile and lucrative European play. The current 6th-place club in the EPL, Arsenal, are playing in the UEFA Europa League and are on top of their Group and poised to advance there, but a crappy start and contract issues with key cogs Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez have killed any real team feeling in North London, leaving longtime Gunners Manager Arsène Wenger and Arsenal a distant 12 points behind City. And 5th-place Liverpool (19 points) also currently sits 12 points back, but with a milk-toast 5-4-2 start and just a +4 GD, this probably won’t be the year (again) for energetic Manager Jürgen Klopp and the Reds.
English Premier League action returns from an International break with Matchweek 12 kicking off Saturday (Nov. 18) with eight fixtures, and will see all the legitimate contenders facing opponents they should probably defeat in a day that starts with a big North London Derby between Tottenham and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in what could be a tough Loss for an eventual loser. League leaders Manchester City head to King Power Stadium in Leicester to face Jamie Vardy and dream 2015 EPL champions Leicester City (3-4-4, 16 GF-16 GA) in a match the hosts can honestly win and worth a look at that +650 Underdog price with the first goal (if there is one and there likely will be) being a huge one in this affair. Also on Saturday, Liverpool welcomes Southampton to Anfield in what seems like a must-win spot for the Reds, Chelsea and David Luiz head to West Bromwich Albion while Marcus Rashford and Manchester United welcome EPL-returnees Newcastle United to Old Trafford in what is now definitely a must-min for Manager José Mourinho and the Red Devils if they are going to catch their Noisy Neighbors rivals, the dreaded Citizens. The two Mancunian clubs have yet to play and will collide on Dec. 10 at Old Trafford and then again on April 7 at the Etihad Stadium and one big thing for you EPL Futures bettors is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return could be on the cherry red horizon.Free EPL Winner Pick: Manchester United 14/1 Best Line Offered: at Intertops