Betting Odds Reveal Surprising Nature of the Premier League
It has certainly been a surprising start to the Premier League season and a quick look at the betting odds before the season began compared to now shows just how unexpected the last few months have been.
This time last year Leicester City was bottom of the Premier League with 10 points, now they are top of the League with 38 points and are third favourites to win the title. At the start of the season the odds on Leicester winning were 5000/1 amazingly they have now been shortened to just 10/1. Similarly, at the beginning of the season the team had odds of 3/1 to be relegated and now these have lengthened dramatically to 3500/1.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy had scored just five Premier League goals before this season but in the last seventeen games he has trebled this and is now favourite to finish as the League’s top goal scorer. At the beginning of the season the odds on this were 500/1 and now they are just 7/4. Furthermore, at the beginning of the season he wasn’t even considered an option for the PFA Player of the Year and now he is favourite with odds of 9/4.
At the other end of the spectrum Eden Hazard remains goalless after 14 appearances and has gone from 4/1 to receive the PFA Player of the Year award to a longshot at 100/1. Similarly Wayne Rooney has slipped from 16/1 down to 100/1.
Of course there has been a lot of focus on reigning champions Chelsea who at the beginning of the year were 11/8 to win the title again. This dropped to 200/1 on the day that Mourinho was sacked but has now recovered to 100/1.