Liverpool In Pole Position For Title
Liverpool currently bestride the Premier League table on the back of a 23-5-5 record and 74 points and with just four games left on the season the title is within their reach. Odds makers however have other opinions on what is now a three-horse race to the title; that is if the futures betting odds were any indication. Liverpool are tipped as the second favourites at +188 to win outright, behind top favourites (almost all season long) Manchester City at -138 but, at the same time, considerably ahead of Chelsea at +600.
Manchester City are four points behind Liverpool and two points behind Chelsea but with two games in hand they have a decided advantage over both rivals. That is if the Reds have something to say about it at Anfield Stadium this weekend.
The Reds enter this highly anticipated engagement as the favourites, albeit on the short side of even money at +140 to win outright at Bet365. Curious that, no? Impressive as the Reds have been this season, it’s rather surprising odds makers would prevaricate on such unconvincing odds. Why not match them on firmer, more convincing odds.
Certainly, they have what it takes to beat Manchester City. Anybody that has followed any Liverpool games this season, would have witnessed stunning attacking football enfolding on the pitch with fluid ease and goals netted with complete and utter abandon (a league high of 90 goals to date), particularly at Anfield Stadium where they are 14-1-1 to date highlighted by 48 goals scored and just 13 conceded in 16 fixtures. (That yields and average of 3 per game scored and less than a goal conceded per game.)
Recent form is extremely auspicious: nine-game winning streak, 14 games undefeated since December 29 when they lost to Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Since their defeat to the Blues, the Reds have been on a tear, mercilessly running circles with just about every defence in the league including top opposition in Everton 4-0, Manchester United 3-0, Tottenham 4-0 and.. drum roll....Arsenal...drum roll..5-1.
City Need To Standout Away
Manchester City are third in the league table on the back of a 22-4-5 record and 70 points but have two games in hand. Devout Premier League fans have been impressed by their attacking brand of football and with the Capital One Cup snapped up expectations for the double run high amongst them.
Predictably, many in soccer betting circles fancy Manchester City to win this highly anticipated affair. After all, the Citizens won their home fixture against Liverpool 2-1 earlier this season and as the overwhelming title favourites they should be able to beat Liverpool at Anfield Stadium.
But Manuel Pellegrini’s side has been marginally less impressive on the road this season compared to Liverpool. As well on recent form, which stands at 5-2-1 and includes a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Etihad, a shocking scoreless draw to Norwich City that is fighting for Prem survival and a 1-1 draw to Arsenal at the Emirates. All that explains somewhat their soccer odds to win this match that are listed at +180 to win outright.
Speculation is rife ahead of this clash some of which include: Can the Reds answer at the time of asking? Can the Citizens underscore their title bid with a pivotal away win? And so on...but the main question that begs consideration: Does one dare to bet against the title favourites?
Simply put yes. For three reasons a) Liverpool are frightfully intimidating at Anfield Stadium and b) they’ve won all home fixtures against top threats faced so far this season (with the exceptions being a 1-0 defeat to Southampton and a 2-2 to Aston Villa), and c) Man City’s road form that will be sorely tested by Liverpool’s impervious home form. If those aren’t enough reason, then consider the tempting soccer odds on a Liverpool home win at +140 in the face of their current form and you must agree it’s a soccer pick too good to ignore.
Soccer Free Picks: Liverpool at +140 to win outright.