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:
The latest Premier League standings:
|14||West Bromwich Albion||25||7||8||10||23||32||-9||29|
The latest odds, courtesy of Oddschecker.com:
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:
Leicester are 6 points clear at the top of the @premierleague ... 6 points clear. This is not possible! It really isn't.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 6, 2016
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:
PELLEGRINI: "If Leicester continue playing the way they are [they are favourites]. There are 13 games more so it’s difficult to predict."— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 6, 2016
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:
And if we are asking the question "why can't Leicester City win the title?" then we should ask the same about a very impressive Spurs side.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) February 6, 2016
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.