Premier League: Predictions and the title race so far
Posted by FFPundits
12:55pm Jan 22 2021
In this article, Peter Watton from matched betting specialists OddsMonkey shares his insight into the Premier League so far, along with how the pandemic could affect future matches.
The Premier League is only just past the halfway mark, but already there’s been a lot to talk about. Despite disruptions as a result of the pandemic, we’ve witnessed some exciting football as teams have come together — or cracked under the pressure — this season.
Whether you’re looking to make your final decision about who to back, or need to catch up on recent events, below I’ll take you through the state of the League table as it stands and discuss whether COVID-19 will affect future matches.
What does the table look like?
This year, the Premier League is facing one of the most open title races in recent years. Current champions Liverpool are once again performing well this season, although a spate of injuries amongst their players has affected their chances and they are now only second favourite to win.
Man City are the bookies’ favourite to take home the title, and remain in a strong position with a game in hand on their rivals. Despite a shaky start, their recent run of form has seen them emerge as early contenders.
Completing the top three are Man United, who have finally emerged as genuine challengers in a welcome return to form. In fact, they are now the bookies’ third favourite to win the League, largely thanks to the goals and assists of Bruno Fernandes. This is no doubt a pleasant surprise to fans.
Chelsea is another team worthy of note, having spent a massive £222 million on transfers already this season clearlyindicating they have set their sights on the top of the leaderboard. However, they have been outplayed and just pipped to fourth place by underdogs Tottenham, according to bookies’ odds.
Will the pandemic affect the Premier League?
Many fixtures had to be postponed in December as COVID-19 cases started to rise again. But, unlike last year, thePremier League has no plans to pause the season despite the national lockdown. It does have several COVID-19 protocols in place to allow matches to go ahead as scheduled, in line with Government advice. These protocols include regular and transparent testing of its staff.
However, with the spread of the virus still a concern and with the winter break being scrapped, player performance maybecome affected and any of the major teams could start to fall behind due to fatigue, testing positive for the virus, or having to go into quarantine.
In brighter news, as recently as November last year the League announced it was in talks to introduce a ‘digital health passport’ that would allow vaccinated fans back into stadiums to support their teams. Further announcements are yet to be made, and it is expected that sanitisation, social distancing,and reduced capacities will still be in place if stadiums were to re-open, but it’s certainly something to get excited about.
The Premier League looks a bit different this year, but we can still expect to see some spectacular football as the best teams in the country compete for the top spot. Whether Man City win as they are predicted, Liverpool manage to claw their way back to the top, or one of the lesser teams get a second wind in this leg of the season, we can’t wait to see what happens.
All information is correct at time of writing.