At the start of the season, punters were all looking at either Liverpool or Manchester City to lift the Premier League crown. And while those two clubs are still favourites to be champions at the end of the season on May 23, 2021, there’s no doubt other clubs have seen their price shorten significantly with a quarter of the season already played.
One of those clubs is Tottenham Hotspur, with proven managerial winner Jose Mourinho at the helm. And with Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Gareth Bale posing what could potentially be the most lethal front three by the end of the season, it’s no wonder Spurs are now down to 5-1 with William Hill.
We’ve already mentioned England and Spurs captain Kane and South Korean Heung-Min. But it’s worth looking at where they are in the race for the golden boot with nine games down:
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – 10 goals
- Son Heung-Min (Spurs) – 9 goals
- Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 8 goals
- Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 8 goals
- Patrick Bamford (Leeds) – 7 goals
- Harry Kane (Spurs) – 7 goals
There’s no doubt Kane and Heung-Min are prolific. But this season, captain Kane is providing even more than just lethal finishing. He is top of the charts currently for assists, setting up goals for team-mates an incredible nine times with nine games gone.
As we said, Spurs are now down to 5-1 in the betting to be crowned Premier League champions with William Hill, behind Liverpool (11-8). Despite a pretty average start to the season for Man City’s standards, which has included a 2-0 defeat to Spurs, Pep Guardiola’s side is still ahead of Spurs in the odds at 11-4.
Spurs, who sat at the top of the table after nine games, are joined at 5-1 by Chelsea, another side who has seen their odds shorten, thanks in part to decent defensive displays so far this season.
More for Mourinho?
There’s no doubt about it – Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is a winner. The Portuguese manager has won league titles in four countries, including three Premier League titles (all with Chelsea). In addition, the 57-year-old has won the Champions League twice, with Porto and Inter Milan.
He also guided Manchester United to second in the Premier League in the 2017/18 season, which he has described as one of the best achievements in his managerial career, due in part to his displeasure at transfer deals at the club. Surely, though, if he were to lead Spurs to the Premier League crown, that will become his new finest moment?
Solid at the back
One of the things that look different about Spurs this season is a defensive solidity. Mourinho is known for keeping things tight at the back and is seen to prefer to win a game 1-0 than 4-3.
And while he did not necessarily manage that at Spurs last season, this season is looking like a different story. Spurs only conceded nine times in the opening nine games, fewer than any club in the league – and they have already faced both Manchester clubs once already, beating City and thumping United 6-1 at Old Trafford.
Other clubs in the running
Outside of the shortest four clubs in the betting with William Hill, there’s a bit of a gap. Currently, the fifth favourite to win the title is Manchester United, at 28-1.
Leicester, who have a history of shocking the bookies, are out at 33-1. After nine games, Chelsea is third in the table, just two points behind Spurs, while Leicester sits in fourth, behind Chelsea on goal difference.