With just 12 games remaining in this season Premier League, who is looking likely to emerge victorious come May?
We’re now nearing the business end of the season where every point earned or dropped really does matter. So far Manchester City are leading the way at the top of the Premier League and look set to be the team to take the title from Liverpool.
Last season, Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Premier League for the first time, finishing a huge 18 points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side. This season is hasn’t been such plain sailing for them, which has allowed other sides the chance to put pressure on at the top.
With just 12 games to go, a lot can happen and as we’ve seen before in the Premier League, it really can go down to the last minute of the last game of the season!
So who is looking like they will finish top this and what odds do Paddy Power have them priced at?
Manchester City (1/200) – 1st place – 62 points
Guardiola’s side got off to a fairly rocky start this season winning just three of their opening eight games. It looked as if it could be another season where they finish behind Liverpool again and their defence is the problem.
However, fast forward to now and it couldn’t be more different. City are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League and have won their last 15 games in the league, unbeaten in 19.
A lot of this is down to their defence with summer signing Ruben Dias settling in fantastically at the club. He has formed a great partnership with John Stones and City have conceded just four goals in this run of 15 games!
Other players have really stepped up this season including Gundogan and Cancelo. It has taken some of the pressure off City’s other top players and is one of the reasons why they are doing so well. With just 12 games to go, it’s going to take a catastrophic drop-off for City to let this go. We expect they will win the league a handful of games to go this season.
Manchester United (150/1) – 2nd place – 50 points
This season’s surprise package have been Manchester United. No one really expected them to do well under Solskjaer and their recruitment in the summer wasn’t great. This seemed to spill onto the pitch with United also having a bad start. United won just two out of their opening six games, losing three along the way.
Since then though they have lost just one game in their last 20. This good run of form saw United go top at the New Year. Many said they wouldn’t be able to keep this up and two wins in their last seven have seen City climb well above them now.
United will look to stay in the top four now and try and cement second place.
This is much better than last season when they got into the top four on the final day but they won’t give up until they can’t mathematically catch City. United has shown they can go on good runs of games and will use this for next season and even this season whilst hoping City slip up somewhere!
Leicester City (275/1) – 3rd place – 49 points
The Foxes narrowly missed out of the top four on the final day of last season losing to Man United. This season they find themselves firmly in there, just one point behind United.
Leicester got off to a good start this season, winning their opening three games which included a 5-2 win over Man City!
However, as has been the pattern with Leicester’s season, their form comes in patches. They will go on a run of good games and follow this up with a few poor performances. That being said, their aim will never have been to have a repeat of the 2015/16 season and win the Premier League.
Even though Leicester are just behind United, it is an even bigger task for them to catch City this season. They currently have injuries to crucial first-team players and this is where Leicester struggle.
They don’t have the squad depths of others so if they lose players it has a huge impact. On their day they have shown their best 11 can beat anyone but they need to invest if they want to be real title contenders.