Author: Tony MacDonald
2016/17 Premier League
Published: 11:28 02/01/2015
Title favourites Chelsea and last year's Premier League champions Man City are now level on points as the Blues have eased to 4/6 in outright betting following a 5-3 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Had John Terry not pulled one back late on at Whitehart Lane then Chelsea would have been knocked off top spot. At 5-2 down, Manchester City who had earlier beaten Sunderland 3-2, would have went top on goals scored and joint leaders now have identical records after 20 games.
Jose Mourinho's side have won only four of their last eight games which has resulted in Chelsea losing the eight-point advantage they held over City in late November. At that point it looked like a matter of 'when' not 'if' Chelsea would win the league, but Manuel Pellegrini's side are now 7/4 to defend their Premier League crown with Betvictor.
The fact that the Citizens have closed the gap without the services of their star striker Sergio Aguero is quite remarkable. Edin Dzeko and Stefan Jovetic have also been sidelined and once back at full strength we can expect City to give Chelsea a real battle for the title - Good news for neutral football fans!
20/1 shots for the title Manchester United are nine points off the pace in third, but may close the gap considerably once the Champions League gets back underway as they'll benefit from fresher legs and less traveling with no mid-week European duties.
Still, it would be a major surprise if the Red Devils were able to win the Premier League in Louis van Gaal's first season at Old Trafford and a better bet may be to back them to win the FA Cup. Van Gaal has a good record in knock-out competitions and their third round clash with Yeovil won't deter many punters from having a nibble at the 6/1 on offer at bet365 on Man Utd lifting the trophy.