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Monday, 22 September 2014

Premier League Review

Now that we are five games into the Premier League season, and the one thing that is proving consistent is that, apart from Chelsea, there is very little consistency among the top teams, this last weekend being no different, with only Arsenal of last seasons top seven teams winning - and that was against a Villa team suffering from a virus that had swept through the camp leaving a couple of players having to withdraw on the morning of the match and several others obviously not 100% fit.

The biggest surprises probably came from the Merseyside teams with West Ham getting their first home win of the season by 3-1 against Liverpool and Everton going down 2-3 at home to Crystal Palace, who recorded their first win of the season.

Manchester United, despite a blazing 4-0 victory the previous week, leading their supporters to believe that they had now turned the corner, went down 3-5 at newly promoted Leicester, throwing away a 2 goal lead for the first time ever in a Premiership match.

Finally, Tottenham lost 0-1 at home to give West Brom their first win of the season.

Chelsea drew 1-1 at Manchester City, with ex favourite Frank Lampard coming off the subs bench to grab the equaliser with just 5 minutes left. These were the first points that they have dropped this season and though City's boss Pellegrini criticised their defensive style, they had scored fifteen goals in their previous four games compared to City's seven. City themselves have had their slip ups so far this season, losing at home to Stoke three weeks ago.

So how do the bookmakers think the season will finish?

Chelsea are unsurprisingly current favourites to win the title at 4/6 with Manchester City 11/4. Arsenal 9/1 and perhaps surprisingly Manchester United still fourth favourites, but at 16/1, and last seasons runners up, Liverpool out at 22/1.

While Aston Villa are at present in third place, the odds of them finishing in the top four are 150/1 but to get relegated they are only 11/2. Relegation favourites are Burnley 2/5, followed by QPR 5/4, Palace 6/4 and West Brom 2/1.

While it is still early in the season, now might be the time to get a good price on your favourite to make the top four or for relegation.

Odds are supplied by bet365 and are correct at time of writing.

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