Tottenham Hotspur look overpriced at 80/1 with 888sport to be Premier League champions but the downside is that you can bet win only. Even at 50/1 with other bookmakers who are betting one quarter the odds, two places Tottenham are worth backing in a season in which normal rules of form are not totally applying. With Chelsea languishing just three points above the relegation places a Champions League spot is up for grabs.
The betting to be relegated suggests Sunderland are facing the nightmare scenario of a drop down into the Championship and Aston Villa look like joining them. Stoke City are now established in the top flight of English football but are punching above their weight. Four wins from 12 matches is not much better than relegation form and at 16/1 their prospects of maintaining their top flight status have been overestimated.
The bookies have latched on to Jamie Vardy with their odds to be the top scorer in the Premier League this season. However, if Tottenham do get in the mix to win the league Harry Kane will have kept on scoring. He made a slow start to the crucial second season in which he will get more attention but the goals are now coming and at 12/1 he looks the man to back to score more league goals than anyone.
Tottenham are five points behind Arsenal but were the much better side in the north London derby last weekend. They led the match until well inside the last quarter and but for conceding with some poor defending would be three points closer to their local rivals. Spurs bossed the game and looked more dynamic. The relative odds to win the league are wrong and they are more based on reputation than current form.
Kane has now scored six goals in the league at a rate of one per two matches. His goals have all come in a cluster and as a confidence player he should continue to find the net at a faster rate. He is now not looking like a one season wonder and his side can build from his form in attack and challenge for the league. Mauricio Pochettino had some success at Southampton with young players and in Dele Alli he has a new talent to develop.
Alli is an exciting prospect who is being backed to make the England squad for Euro 2016. At aged just 19 he has no fears and has stepped up from Championship level with MK Dons to the Premier League seamlessly. He is part of an effective midfield that dominated against Arsenal and Tottenham were by far the better team. If Arsenal are being talked up as potential champions Spurs must be backed at 80/1.
This season could end uniquely with two London clubs in first and second place. This scenario is common with the northern superpowers but not with teams from the capital. Liverpool used to be the home of English football and Manchester has assumed the role and United and City could still fill the top places at the end of the season. One valid prediction is that Chelsea will not win the league this season.
Stoke are owned and backed by bet365. That company are joint top price that their team will be relegated so perhaps they have some inside information. The home win over Chelsea last weekend was much needed for a side that had only won one of five matches at their own ground this season to date. However, everybody beats Chelsea this season and the value of the form may have been overestimated.
Bournemouth do not have the resources and players to avoid a relegation fight but they could just get out of the mire. Often one of the promoted sides plays above expectations and overcomes their lack of experience at this level. In Eddie Howe the Cherries have a coach who encourages attractive football. That philosophy can be rewarded by Bournemouth staying up so some team like Stoke could enter the relegation equation.
The winner of the Golden Boot has been dominated by overseas players in the last eight seasons. No English player has been the top scorer in the Premier League over that spell but Vardy and Kane are currently in the top seven of the scoring charts. The Leicester man is six goals ahead in that head-to-head battle but Kane is fancied to catch him up over the next six months. The scorecast on Spurs to win the league and Kane to score most goals is unquoted but 500/1 may be available on request.