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2021-22 EPL Odds: Odds to Win the EPL

The rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on major sports leagues around the world. The higher transmission rates mean more and more players are coming down with the new strain and many teams are unable to find enough healthy players to fill their rosters through the holidays. The EPL has had its fair share of omicron disruptions, but the league is set on playing out the holiday schedule. As long as both clubs in the match have 14 healthy players to put on the pitch, the show will go on. 

EPL Odds Breakdown

Whether or not the new variant can stop the defending champions from pursuing back-to-back titles remains to be seen. We’ll preview the top five teams on the EPL odds board as we approach the midway point of the 2021-22 season. 

Manchester City –300 EPL Odds

After starting the season with a loss to the Spurs, Manchester City got the engine going and now appear unstoppable with a 14-2-2 record and three-point cushion over Liverpool. The Sky Blues have won their last eight fixtures and are coming off an impressive 7-0 win over Leeds and 4-0 win over Newcastle. Jack Grealish and Phil Foden both scored in the Leeds match, but neither were on the pitch for the last game, as behavioral issues off the pitch became an issue according to Pep Guardiola. They’re currently pegged as -500 favourites for their next game against Leicester (+1200) on Sunday at Etihad.

Liverpool +350 EPL Odds

Some teams will suffer more than others with the decision to continue the EPL schedule through the holidays, and Liverpool is one of those teams. Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Virgil van Dijk all missed the trip to Tottenham to face the Spurs last Sunday due to positive COVID-19 tests. The Reds managed a 2-2 draw despite the absences to hang on to second place in the standings with a 12-5-1 record. Their next match is against Leeds (+1400) on Boxing Day, with Liverpool checking in at -675 on the EPL odds board.

Chelsea +1200 EPL Odds

Chelsea have slipped down to third in the standings after their torrid season start. Things have levelled out more recently, with two draws, one loss and one win in their December fixtures, which means they offer better value on the EPL odds board at +1200. Covid has been especially cruel to Thomas Tuchel’s side, with 10 first-team players, including Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi getting sidelined with COVID. Other players are also out, but for overload reasons or injuries. We will see if they have sufficient players when they face Aston Villa (+400) as -145 favourites on Sunday.

Manchester United +15000 EPL Odds

After a disappointing season start and an especially embarrassing 4-1 loss to Watford, Manchester United parted ways with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ralf Rangnick will stand in as the interim manager until the end of the season. Their next match is against Newcastle United (+575) on Monday and a win could help move them up a peg in the standings, where they’re currently sixth with an 8-3-5 record. Manchester United’s holiday schedule is quiet due to COVID-19 outbreaks on their team that resulted in postponements against Brentford and Brighton. 

Tottenham Hotspur +20000 EPL Odds

Sitting in seventh in the standings, Tottenham (8-2-5) has enjoyed a good stretch of play as of late, with their last loss coming from Man United on October 30. They’re dealing with their own COVID-19 outbreak right now that has left them scrambling in both EPL and the Europa Conference League. They were forced to close their training ground, and cancel and postpone games. If all goes well, their next match is on Sunday against Crystal Palace (+370), where they’re -140 favourites.

Arsenal +20000 EPL Odds

Fourth in the Premier League standings, Arsenal (10-2-6) is in a fairly good spot as far as the coronavirus is concerned. Only three players (Calum Chambers, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Pablo Mari) are out with the virus, so they haven’t had to cancel or postpone matches. They’re currently on a three-game win streak that coincides with the absence of former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who Mikel Arteta dropped for disciplinary breach. On Sunday, Arsenal is expected to face Norwich City (+600) as -230 favourites.

*Odds as of 22nd December 2021.

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