As we pause for the international break, we take a look at how the Premier League outright markets are shaping up at both ends of the table.
We have compiled an odds update for each associated market, including the top goalscorer and the relegation odds with those respective players and teams involved.
All three of these sides have navigated the opening 12 Premier League matches unbeaten, with City winning 10, Liverpool nine and Chelsea eight respectively. Pep Guardiola’s men are playing the better football of the three and producing the eye-catching scorelines, notching 36 goals from their first 12, averaging three per game. They are equally as equipped in defence, conceding a mere five goals and keeping seven clean sheets in this period.
Liverpool stand second favourites due to their positive start to the season, as well as their defence, which has kept seven clean sheets and conceded the same amount as the Premier League champions. Chelsea are a rather surprising price, just four points off the leaders and without a loss in their first twelve. There could be a correlation between the first season under Antonio Conte and the first under Maurizio Sarri, where teams are struggling to figure out how his side play.
Despite this, the way the Citizens are playing under Pep, it is hard to see anything other than back-to-back titles for the blue side of Manchester.
Premier League winner verdict: Manchester City
Spurs have won six of their last seven matches, only losing to Manchester City, while keeping four clean sheets in that time. For this reason, they come in at favourites to land a fourth place finish, ahead of their London rivals.
Unai Emery’s side have just longer odds of attaining a top-four spot, but shorter than Manchester United due to the way that the ex-PSG manager has got the Gunners playing, while achieving good results against good sides across both domestic and European competition.
The Red Devils have an attacking threat as always, yet they failed to recruit in defence during the summer and it is costing them dearly, which will prevent them from challenging for the Champions League places.
The Emirates outfit are going to be involved in a revelation under Unai Emery and they will pip Tottenham to fourth place, especially if Pochettino could have his eye on a potential switch to Real Madrid.
Premier League top four verdict: Arsenal
All the main frontrunners are among the top five Golden Boot contenders, all demonstrating fine starts to the season. Sergio Aguero has to be worth a consideration with all the firepower he has behind him, providing him with countless chances to find the net, which he has done eight times thus far. Reigning Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah has not hit top gear yet, along with Harry Kane, who both have six goals for their respective sides.
Aubameyang hit 10 goals in 13 appearances last campaign since joining from Borussia Dortmund. He certainly has not lost his touch this season, registering seven goals from 10 starts, four of which came from the bench in two matches as he notches braces against Fulham and Leicester.
However, Chelsea’s star man has started the season in scintillating fashion, hitting seven goals in 11 appearances. The way Hazard is playing suggests he shows no sign of stopping anytime soon, which is why he will pick up the Premier League Golden Boot, as well as a handful of assists to accompany it.
Premier League Golden Boot verdict: Eden Hazard
- Cardiff: 1/2
- Huddersfield: 8/15
- Fulham: 8/13
- Burnley: 1/1
- Newcastle: 10/3
- Southampton: 7/2
- Crystal Palace: 5/1
Huddersfield, Fulham and Southampton are all struggling for points, recording a solitary win all season. Another issue is the amount of goals they are scoring. None of the three sides have hit double figures yet and are lacking creativity in the final third, which is a contributing factor to their poor starts to the season.
Claudio Ranieri's appointment at Craven Cottage to replace Slavisa Jokanovic can only be seen as a positive for the club though, and he is well fancied to steer them away from danger.
Newcastle are unbeaten in three and have won their last two matches against Watford and Bournemouth, lifting the Magpies up to 14th in the process. Burnley obtained a good point away at Leicester in their last outing and will have enough under the stewardship of Sean Dyche, as will Newcastle as the long Premier League season develops and progresses.
A lack of goals combined with a leaky defence will always spell trouble. Danny Ings has scored half of Southampton’s eight goals this campaign, and there is no sign of help for the front man, with the Saints without a win in eight. Huddersfield have only registered two goals at home all season, one of which was an own goal, while Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have won two in their last four, though they only face fellow strugglers Southampton in what is a difficult next six for the Bluebirds, by which time they could be chasing their tail once more.
Premier League relegation verdict: 18th- Southampton, 19th- Cardiff, 20th- Huddersfield
Odds correct at 1205 GMT (13/11/18)