Can Tottenham defy the odds to claim shock Premier League title?

Tottenham have made a superb start to the 2020/21 season and fans are starting to believe this might be the year they finally end their long wait for a league title.

Heading into the new campaign, few had Tottenham down as genuine title contenders. Jose Mourinho’s side finished sixth last season – 30 points off eventual champions Liverpool – so a top four place was seen as a realistic target this season.

Back in September, Manchester City were fully expected to be Liverpool’s main challengers once again with bookmakers pricing the duo as the clear favourites to win the title. You could have gotten odds of up to 16/1 on Tottenham just a few months ago.

However, punters would bite your hand off for such lengthy odds now as Tottenham have made a superb start to the new campaign and currently sit top of the Premier League on goal difference from Liverpool after the opening nine games. Mourinho has guided his side to six wins and just one defeat so far [W6 D2 L1], and not only have they scored 21 goals in their 9 games, the north Londoners also boast the meanest defence in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s form has seen them become joint third favourites with 22Bet Uganda casino to win the title at odds of 5/1 alongside Chelsea. Defending champions Liverpool remain favourites but they’ve dropped to 13/10 while City have moved out to odds of 11/4 after a disappointing start. 

Pep Guardiola’s side currently sit down in 13th position after winning just 3 of their 9 games and are already 8 points off the pace so they have a lot of work to do to get back in the mix. As it stands, Spurs look a more complete side and will be confident of finishing above City if they can maintain their form.

Chelsea have started the season well but they are still in a transition period under Frank Lampard and they bought a lot of players in the summer who need time to gel so they’ll no doubt have a dip in form at some point throughout the season. The likes of Arsenal and Man Utd are well off the pace and aren’t expected to challenge at all this year.

Obviously the biggest threat to Tottenham is going to come from Liverpool but they’ve seen their squad decimated by injury issues this year. With Vigil van Dijk and Joe Gomez ruled out for most of the campaign and the likes of Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho all spending time on the sidelines, Jurgen Klopp’s squad is being pushed to its limits. 

It will be interesting to see how Liverpool cope during the closing months of the season if these injuries issues continue, and Tottenham could be primed to take advantage if the Merseysiders hit a bad patch of form.

It’s been almost 60 years since Tottenham last won the league title but the stars could be aligning for them to end that long wait this season, and at odds of 5/1, it sounds like a decent bet right now.