2018 College Football Playoff Odds & Predictions – 4 Teams Who Will Make Playoff
Just four points separate second-placed Manchester City down to neighbours United in sixth. Here are the teams in league order with their top four odds. Manchester City - 52 points - Top four finish odds [1. Let's deal with them in odds order.
Nearly a month ago City were spanked at Goodison Park - a result that, following three defeats from six in December, left them outside the top four. Hindsight suggests that the match at Everton was the low mark of the current campaign as they have bounced back in impressive fashion in the four games since.
OK, Spurs were able to sneak a draw from a one-sided match at The Etihad but City won the other three, beating West Ham, Swansea and Bournemouth by a cumulative scoreline.
Gabriel Jesus' metatarsal injury is a blow but Sergio Aguero is no mean backup! On the downside, the fixtures are likely to pile up. Then there is a three match run that brings Liverpool to Manchester before Pep twice takes his side to London for clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea.
A rearranged Manchester derby will have to be squeezed in, too. The current points advantage over the top-four rivals may prove significant, however, and City do get to play seven of the remaining 13 at home. The odds are so short that most punters would only consider touching City in this market as a lay , but our recommendation is just to leave Pep's side alone for the meantime. Tottenham may occupy third place but it's a surprise to see them this short in the market.
The chasing pack is so close with only goal difference keeping fierce rivals Arsenal in fourth and sixth-placed United a mere two points away. Like City, they must deal with domestic and European cup fixtures and of all the sides in the top-six, they lack squad depth to deal with injuries. On the plus side, seven of Tottenham's last 13 are at White Hart Lane , where they are playing their final campaign.
That looks to be a big motivator as they possess the league's second best home record behind Chelsea, having won 10 and drawn two of their 12 Premier League fixtures so far. And fixture wise they have a relatively easy schedule across the final 13 games, facing only two members of the top-six and both at home, too, with Arsenal and United paying a visit to the Lane.
Those matches come in the final weeks of the season and sandwich a visit to hated rivals West Ham. Plus claim bookmaker free bets. Manchester City are a short price in the Premier League odds to become the first team in a decade to successfully defend the title , writes Nick.
Not since Manchester United won three titles in a row between and has a side secured back-to-back Premier League trophies, but if any team is capable of doing so it will be the Manchester City side who swept aside all challengers last season. It was a dominant campaign, and one that even coach Pep Guardiola has admitted they will struggle to replicate. City are the odds-on, pre-season favourites for the title with the bookmakers , and are the most likely winners, but they can expect tougher competition this time around.
Manchester United will hope to ease closer to their local rivals after jumping forward from sixth two years ago to finish second last time out, while Liverpool have spent big money over the summer to strengthen the weaker areas of their starting XI.
Tottenham Hotspur are the only side to have finished in the top three of the Premier League in each of the last three seasons. Taking that last step and winning the title would be a pretty special way to christen their impressive new stadium, although another finish in a Champions League qualifying position is probably a more achievable goal. The other two established top-six sides both come into the new campaign with new coaches. For Arsenal that means that for the first time since , Arsene Wenger is not the man in their dugout.
His replacement Unai Emery is a steady hand, and his first aim will be to secure a top-four place and a return to the Champions League. At Chelsea , Maurizio Sarri promises to bring attractive and effective football to Stamford Bridge, if he gets time to do so. City, United, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea have filled the top-six positions in each of the last two and three of the last four Premier League seasons. Theirs will not be an easy stranglehold to break.
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