There are little more than 10 games left in the season and while it’s still anyone’s race, we can say with some confidence that the competition is between Arsenal, Leicester City, and Tottenham Hotspur for the big prize. They’re currently separated by a mere five points with the potential for the momentum to shift with every game.
Tottenham are hot on the heels of Leicester City in what has become the most exciting race for the Premier League title in recent memory. Arsenal are only one game behind Spurs and six points away from Leicester following the team’s shocking loss to Manchester United. The Gunners will desperately need to salvage some much-needed points in the next several matches if they hope to hoist the Premier League trophy for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.
Arsenal remains in the top three against all odds following a nasty string of injuries that left some of its best players sitting on the sidelines for most of the season. Unfortunately, it looks like Arsenal’s bad luck isn’t over yet. The Telegraph reports that starting midfielder Santi Cazorla will be out once again thanks to a problem with his Achilles tendon. Starting goalkeeper Petr Cech is also out after suffering a calf injury.
Cazorla has hinted that he hopes to be back in time for the squad’s next Champions League match against FC Barcelona, but we wouldn’t hold our breath for a swift return. Meanwhile, there’s no timetable for the return of Cech, leaving the team to rely on the abilities of David Ospina. Arsenal needs every able player it can muster and needs them to start scoring goals if it hopes to avoid squandering its best shot at a title in quite some time.
Meanwhile, Leicester are desperately hoping to maintain their hold at the top with Spurs nipping closely at their heels. Many feel that it’s only a matter of time until the Foxes’ Cinderella season turns back into a pumpkin. At this point, however, the team has virtually guaranteed itself a UEFA Champions League spot at the very least, and along with it the sizable reward for making a European tournament. The team’s lack of depth has been shown significantly during its loss to Arsenal as well as the draw against West Bromwich Albion. Without the additional distraction of European soccer, though, they could manage to pull things out if everyone stays healthy.
As you might imagine, the wild title race has wreaked havoc on the odds for punters, but there are plenty of tips on Betfair to help you make sense of it all. Given the chances of the top three teams, you’re going to do just as well putting your money on any of them. Although, if we had to, we’d place our bets on the ridiculously talented young Tottenham squad to remain consistent through the end. Regardless of who’s at the top at the end of the season, this has been one of the most exciting campaigns we’ve seen in quite some time.
One statistical analyst has predicted the chances of Leicester, Tottenham, and Arsenal at 37, 33 and 21 percent, respectively, which just goes to show how close the race to the top is. The odds, however, are definitely in the the Foxes’ favour. Manchester City, for their part, have been given an 8 percent chance of taking the title for themselves in Manuel Pellegrini’s lame-duck season. Of course, City just won the Capital One cup. We fully expect the Citizens to focus their efforts on the Champions League, though, and not the Premier League for the remainder of the season.