Premier League Title Odds Tracker: Chelsea are in third

Special? Jose Mourinho's return should aid Chelsea's title quest

In our first look at the 2013/14 title odds, Christian Crowther assesses the usual suspects and how prices may change...

"Despite finishing sixth then third, the 2009/10 champions not only have the title-winning experience of the Special One, but an enviable squad to boot."


Man United 3.259/4
As they've just won the Premier League for the 13th time in 21 editions, it's no surprise to see the champions rated as favourites once more. However, with no stellar signings as yet, concerns over Wayne Rooney's future and of course, the change of manager after 26 years, we could see this price waiver.

Man City 3.45
Changes are afoot at the 2012/13 runner-ups as Manuel Pellegrini picks up the Etihad Stadium reins. Though the Chilean boss has no Premier League experience, he brings a wealth of managerial know-how and an impressive CV. Unlike their great city rivals, they have already bolstered their ranks with two big names - Fernandinho and Jesus Navas - and, if they can snare Spain U21 star Isco from Malaga, expect to see that price shorten.

Chelsea 3.55/2
Not to be left out, Chelsea continue the fashion of managerial change, with Jose Mourinho's second coming adding to the fascination surrounding next season's race. Despite finishing sixth then third, the 2009/10 champions not only have the title-winning experience of the Special One, but an enviable squad to boot. Expect a couple of standout acquisitions as well, making now the time to grab this price.

Arsenal 12.5
Perennial top-four finishers, but some way off title challengers in the last five seasons, the Gunners are finally willing to spend big according to some reports. With changes at board level, we could see a long-awaited policy shift on spending the big bucks, which has for too long prevented them from mixing it with the very top teams. Until they do though, this price is justified.

Liverpool 38.037/1
Liverpool have just recorded seventh, sixth, eighth and seventh-place finishes, suggesting their ambitions in the forthcoming campaign are still some way off a first title since 1989/90. Despite some shrewd January additions in Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Brendan Rodgers' revolution will surely be aiming to challenge for the top four, but no more, especially if Luis Suarez gets his move.

Tottenham 50.049/1
This represents by far the most surprising price of the frontrunners. Not only have Spurs finished above Liverpool for the last four seasons, they also still possess the league's best player Gareth Bale as things stand. Question marks over the future of Andre Villas-Boas could be cited for this huge price, though if he commits, Tottenham keep Bale and sign some other big names, you'd expect to see this shorten dramatically.


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