We look at the Premier League Outrights in this space and weigh in on the key battles: the title race and the relegation battle. Find out how the soccer odds stack up.
Premier League Futures Odds
Just seven laps around the league remain, prompting three main talking points: Which club will win the title this season, which clubs will finish inside the Top 4 and which clubs will be relegated by season end. Heady questions indeed.
Here we look at the complete Premier League Odds board at bet365 as it pertains to both these questions, and below we discuss the best bets for your soccer picks in each category.
Table 1: Premier League Future Odds According to Bet365
To Win Title
Leicester City continue to the lead the league despite the naysayers with a 19-9-3 record on the season after 31 laps. They have seven games left in which to wrap up the improbable title victory and they are trading as the -188 favourites (or thereabouts) at most sports betting platforms to win the title, no longer is it possible for markets to deny them this due.
Still, five of their last seven fixtures looming quite challenging with Southampton on match day 32, West Ham United on match day 34 and Everton on match day 37 (all three at King Power), and Manchester United on match day 36 and Chelsea on match day 38 (both on the away), the latter of which marks their season-ender, they’ve still got all to do to come through as the favourites.
Tottenham Hotspur have a realistic shot at the title. Hence, they are matched at +275 soccer odds at bet365. They too have seven fixtures left on the season and are sat just five points adrift of Leicester City, riding the form of a three-game undefeated streak. Auspiciously, they appear to have a slightly better schedule than the Foxes do with just Liverpool and Chelsea (both away) down the stretch as their toughest road fixtures. They are set to take on Manchester United and Southampton as well during this final push, but both those fixtures are at White Hart Lane where the Spurs are a solid 9-5-2 on the season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have drifted out of favour on the Premier League Odds board, down to +600 to win outright at Bet365 after a stint at the top of the pile at the halfway point of the season. A recent dip in form conspired against Arsene Wenger and his precious Gunners and they are now 11 points behind league-leading Leicester City. All is not lost though as far as the Gunners are concerned. They do have a game in hand and a remarkably winnable schedule down the stretch with six of eight fixtures against bottom-half-of-the-table opposition that offers up a maximum of 24 points, including relegated Aston Villa and three sides that are mired in the relegation battle. Alas, it’s a long shot soccer pick because their fate is not in their hands exclusively. They’ll need some help with both Leicester City and Tottenham totally crumbling under the pressure, which is hard to imagine considering the Foxes have lost just three fixtures and the Spurs have dropped just four.
The Top Four Race
On the heels of Manchester City’s loss to Manchester United this weekend, their title hopes are reduced to a pipedream as evinced by their whopping +8000. It’s been a somewhat disappointing season for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, pre-season title favourites, which could get worse if they fail to finish inside the Top 4 as well. As it is, it’s a heated race between several clubs, including city rivals United, West Ham United, Southampton, Stoke City, Liverpool and, even, Chelsea. Indeed, to all intents and purposes, considering the quality of the clubs contained within this section of the table, it could prove to be the most riveting of all the races towards the finish line.
The Race To Avoid Relegation
No side wants to be relegated into second-tier obscurity, making this battle one of the fiercest in the latter stages of the season. We already know Aston Villa are to be relegated – you could say the writing was on the wall in the first-half of the season – but who will join Aston Villa in Championship Football. According to the soccer odds, Sunderland and Newcastle United are the favourites to do so at -250 soccer odds and Norwich City aren’t too far behind as the -138 soccer pick, while Crystal Palace, currently priced at +1200 to be relegated, appear a long shot soccer pick.
Newcastle United have hired Rafa Benitez in order to salvage the remnants of their season and make a run for Premier League survival, the Spaniard is a world class manager that could potentially defy the soccer odds but it might be too little too late. Norwich City have shown some fight down the stretch which could prove their salvation. Finally, Crystal Palace, are showing an alarming dip in form of late that could send them plummeting down the table despite their rather large soccer odds. There’s all to play for in league’s basement yet.