Liverpool now 5/1 for Premier League title after easy win against Cardiff
Liverpool’s straightforward 3-1 win over Cardiff at Anfield on Saturday propelled the club to the top of the Premier League table.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are now 5/1 to lift their first league title since 1990, having started the season as 16/1 chances.
The Anfield side had the opportunity to go top at Christmas during the 2008/9 season under Rafa Benitez, however they crumbled under the pressure.
Not so on Saturday, where two Luis Suarez goals and one for a rejuvenated Raheem Sterling led them to a comfortable 3-1 win over their Welsh opponents.
Bet on Liverpool to win the Premier League at 5/1
The reason for their fine start, which will see them top at Christmas if Arsenal don’t win on Monday, has been goals.
Lots of them.
Only Man City have scored more, and with 42 goals already this year in just 17 games, they have scored nine more than the next highest scorers (Arsenal).
The majority have come from Suarez, who only returned from suspension in late September but who has plundered 19 goals already.
Shrewd acquisition Daniel Sturridge has also blossomed as a goalscorer under Rodgers, and had nine in 12 Premier League games before his injury.
Liverpool last won the league title in the 1989/90 season
The one question mark over the title challenge – and the reason why Arsenal and Chelsea are both shorter in the betting – is their strength in depth.
Should Suarez get injured then the squad doesn’t look to have an obvious contender (assuming Sturridge is still on the sidelines) to fill the monumental gap which would be left by the Uruguayan.
Arsenal and Chelsea clash on Monday and the Gunners are currently priced at 9/2 to win the title.
Chelsea are also priced at 9/2 to lift the trophy, but it is Man City who are deserving favourites at present.
Manuel Pelliegrini’s side have won all eight of their home matches this season – scoring 35 goals in the process – and sit just one point and one place behind Liverpool.