Is The Dominance For The Big Clubs Coming To An End In The EPL?
Only two months is remaining in the Premier League season to go. It looks like it may be a two-horse race between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. All of my tips and predictions about who would win the league this season have been wrong, but I am not the only one. It has been a very strange season indeed, and there is still a chance that West Ham or Southampton could crash the top four party.
At the start of the season, all my tips and predictions for the winner of the Premier League came from the current top four clubs. I thought that either Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City or Arsenal would be crowned champions. Van Gaal has spent 250 million pounds, and The Red Devils are not even in the top four. Chelsea will probably not qualify for any European football next year, which if you had bet on that at the start of the campaign you would have been called stupid.
The big questions are if this is a one-off season or is there a changing of the guard at the top? Before the campaign started, Leicester Cities value betting odds were at 5000-1 shot to be crowned champions. With only seven games remaining, their destiny is in their hands. If they can win six out of seven, they are guaranteed top spot and do not have to rely on other teams to drop points. If they do win the title it will be the first time in the history of the club.
Spurs are hot on the heels of Leicester with a five point gap separating the two teams. If Tottenham do manage to overtake Leicester, it will be the first time they have won the title since 1961.
The best value betting is for West Ham to make the top four and qualify for the Champions League for the first time. They are in fifth now and have the same amount of points as Manchester United. Southampton is also worth a punt after they beat Liverpool in their last game. They are only four points from the fourth placed team Manchester City.
With all the top four teams struggling, many believe that this trend will continue. Both Manchester clubs are going to have to rebuild in the summer if they are going to improve. With Pep Guardiola confirms as the new manager for the start of next season, City should have the best chance of improving the most. Chelsea are going to have to have a complete clear out after the disaster season they have just undergone. Without Champions League football to offer, they may find it difficult to attract the players they want. United are likely to get rid of Van Gaal with Mourinho rumored to be lined up to take over in the summer. In fact all the big teams are going through a transitional period which is going to give the smaller clubs an excellent chance of success.