World FootballDownload App

EPL Results: Updated Premier League Table, Odds After Saturday's Week 25 Scores

Leicester City players including Daniel Drinkwater, left, and Leonardo Ulloa, cenre left, clelebrate afrer their 3-1 win against Manchester City in the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super/Associated Press
Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 1, 2017

Leicester City earned a massive 3-1 win over Manchester City during Saturday's Premier League action, and the oddsmakers took note, awarding the Foxes the shortest odds to win the title after Week 25.

Per Oddschecker.com, virtually all betting companies have now installed Leicester as the favourites to win the league, with Manchester City dropping to third place.

Tottenham Hotspur's marvelous campaign continued with a win over Watford, while Arsenal will have the chance to boost their tittle odds when they take on Bournemouth on Sunday.

Here's a look at Saturday's results:

EPL Results Week 25: Saturday
Manchester City1-3Leicester
Liverpool2-2Sunderland
Newcastle1-0WBA
Stoke0-3Everton
Swansea1-1Crystal Palace
Tottenham1-0Watford
Aston Villa2-0Norwich
Southampton1-0West Ham
BBC Sport

The latest Premier League standings:

Premier League Standings
PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Leicester2515824727+2053
2Tottenham2513934519+2648
3Manchester City2514564726+2147
4Arsenal2413653722+1545
5Manchester United2411763121+1040
6West Ham2510963829+939
7Southampton2510783324+937
8Everton2581164634+1235
9Liverpool259883236-435
10Watford2596102727033
11Stoke2596102431-733
12Crystal Palace2595112630-432
13Chelsea247893234-229
14West Bromwich Albion2578102332-929
15Bournemouth2477102939-1028
16Swansea2569102433-927
17Newcastle United2566132644-1824
18Norwich2565142848-2023
19Sunderland2555153049-1920
20Aston Villa2537152040-2016
BBC Sport

The latest odds, courtesy of Oddschecker.com:

Premier League Odds
TeamOdds
Leicester15-8
Arsenal11-4
Manchester City3-1
Tottenham9-2
Manchester United40-1
West Ham200-1
Liverpool250-1
Chelsea250-1
Oddschecker.com

 

Review

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates his team's win in  the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Mich
Michael Regan/Getty Images

Leicester City's Cinderella run continued on Saturday, as Robert Huth scored twice and Riyad Mahrez added a goal of his own to fire the Foxes past Manchester City. Sergio Aguero pulled one back for the hosts late, but it wasn't enough as Manuel Pellegrini's side lost 3-1.

Fans and pundits alike seem to be warming to the idea the Foxes could very well win the Premier League title―although former England international Gary Lineker still couldn't believe they held a six-point lead over the pack before Spurs narrowed the gap to five points:

Oddsmakers are following suit, although it's far too late to jump on the Foxes bandwagon as a punter. Leicester have a very difficult stretch of matches coming up and suddenly sport decent odds of winning the title―the potential rewards no longer justify the risk.

People know the Foxes are a serious threat―even Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini thinks they have to be considered favourites if they can keep playing like this, per his club's official Twitter account:

There's no denying Leicester City are the ultimate feel-good story of the season, but from a betting perspective, there's another dark-horse candidate punters should start taking seriously.

With their 1-0 win over Watford, Tottenham Hotspur have now won their last four and have risen all the way to second place in the standings, a spot they'll still occupy after Arsenal's match against Bournemouth on Sunday thanks to a superior goal difference.

Kieran Trippier scored the only goal in what turned out to be an ugly match, but for Spurs, winning ugly matches like this is vital. Top teams find ways to win clashes even when goals are hard to come by.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty is willing to talk about Tottenham as possible title candidates, and so should others:

Spurs may not have looked as dominant as Leicester have in the last few weeks and have not grabbed wins over Premier League giants in back-to-back matches. But Mauricio Pochettino's men sit closer to the Foxes than anyone else, and their odds still don't reflect that position.

Rolling with Tottenham is a daring move at this point, but Manchester City haven't looked the same since Kevin De Bruyne went down with an injury, and Arsenal have looked dreadful offensively in 2016.

Spurs will go head-to-head with the Citizens in Week 26 in a match that will show whether or not the team has what it takes to win the title, but if they do manage to beat Pellegrini's troops, their odds will follow the example of Leicester's.

City and Arsenal remain relatively safe bets that offer small returns, while the rest of the league seems well and truly out of the title race. Manchester United sit closest behind the top three but already trail Leicester by 13 points, albeit with a game in hand.  

 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices