Top Prices worth taking for tasty Premier League title outsiders
Holly Thackeray | December 23, 2015
This Premier League campaign has been one of the most unpredictable yet and, as the festive fixtures arrive in a flurry, there is still no clear front-runner in the run-up to Christmas, commonly regarded as the half-way point.
With the title race wide open, which is perfect news for punters, Coral present some enticing odds for outsiders, disregarding usual suspects Arsenal and Manchester City. As almost defunct champions Chelsea and the rise of several regular also-rans have shown, anything can happen this season, which is why dabbling on a dark horse could pay off.
Leicester City (10/1)
The Flying Foxes are an extraordinary price of 10/1 to take the title, and we can’t help but think they are so long due to name rather than performances. With just one defeat all season in the Premier League, Claudio Ranieri has led his new club on an astonishing run.
Having already pushed past potential stumbling blocks to take points off the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton, the Foxes (on course to win a first ever top-flight title) also admittedly face a tough end to the month. With Liverpool and Man City in the pipeline it looks tricky to stay top, but they have navigated what looked like a deadly December seamlessly so far.
Confident and playing some fantastic football, spearheaded by electric duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy and pushed on by midfield dictator N’Golo Kante, should the East Midlands men make it through their next two fixtures unscathed, they may not be available at such scintillating odds. With Arsenal and City still inconsistent, these underdogs are more than worth a wager.
Spurs have been surprisingly quiet this term, keeping out of the headlines while clawing their way into contention for silverware success. Though at 16/1 they may be a smart piece of business. After all, how often are Tottenham offered at the same price for glory as Man Utd.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have already snuck into fourth spot, and now have the summit in their sights. As few expect an assault on the title, the pressure is firmly off at White Hart Lane, which suits the young, energetic and ambitious profile of the new-look side to a tee.
It has been over half a century since Spurs took a top division title, but with Harry Kane and Dele Alli firing on all cylinders in front of a strong spine featuring flexible stopper Hugo Lloris, they are an intriguing shout. With the same goal difference as City, you’d currently be getting more bang for your buck.
Manchester United (16/1)
If there is one thing United know how to do, it is win league titles. Sir Alex Ferguson may be gone, but several in the squad still know what it takes to stay the distance in squeaky bum time.
While it is currently the fashion to bash the Red Devils, naysayers should beware as there is nothing more dangerous than a wounded lion, or devil.
Of course, there have been struggles this season but, despite being far from their best, the Mancunians are managing to stay within touching distance of their rivals. So, what happens when it all finally clicks? Odds of 16/1 say they are still in with a chance of lifting the Premier League.
Any squad that boasts the talents of David De Gea, Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling and co should not be counted out and, with the funds to potentially recruit top class talent in January, something is bound to change. While it may be tempting to wait for a sign of stability before placing a stake, it could also be counter-productive. Should the Old Trafford outfit turn things around over Christmas, a certain ‘Special One’ arrive, or the Glazer family flash the cash, these odds could change dramatically.
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