How do the Premier League’s top-four odds look after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City last night?
Jose Mourinho’s surrendering champions have drifted out even further, to 14/1 with SkyBet, after a ninth loss of the season left the Blues 16th in the table, 14 points adrift of the Champions League places.
Substitute Loic Remy bagged what was ultimately a consolation for Chelsea at the King Power Stadium, where Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez goals set the Foxes up for a win which sent them top after 16 games of the season – a position from which no team has dropped out of the top four come May.
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Leicester’s prolific pair, who have 26 league goals and nine assists between them already this season, mean that they are turning even the bookmakers into believers in their top-four credentials.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have come into 13/8 with SkyBet to join apparent top-four certainties and title favourites Manchester City and Arsenal, who appear shoe-ins at 1/20 and 1/16 respectively.
Manchester United currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League berth, and are 2/7 to stay there despite three games without a win and increasing pressure surrounding Louis van Gaal.
Usual suspects Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are well in the mix, and might fancy their chances this campaign considering Chelsea’s decline and doubts over whether Leicester can stay the distance.
The Reds are narrow 11/10 favourites to pip 5/4 Spurs, who are four places and two points above their rivals as it stands, but both club’s Europa League excursions could open the door for an outsider.
Crystal Palace (14/1), Everton (18/1), Southampton (28/1), West Ham United (80/1) and Stoke City (100/1) might all fancy their chances of gatecrashing the party if they can put a run together.
Who is your money on?
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