By Joe Crilly
Last Updated: 14th February 2020
AS Liverpool continue their title procession, there is still plenty to be decided in the Premier League.
The race for the other Champions League places is fascinating with Manchester City and Leicester City taking a firm grip of two spots.
The draw at home to Chelsea confirmed the Foxes are in the midst of a mini-slump, Brendan Rodgers’ side have won just one out of their last four league games.
However, they are still on course for a return to Europe’s top table and are 1/12 to finish in the top four.
Chelsea have won two of their last seven league games, an alarming dip in form.
And the absence of any January additions will surely have Frank Lampard scratching his head wondering what on earth chief Marina Granovskaia alongside technical adviser Petr Cech have been up to.
Sheffield United are the Blues’ closest challengers, the Blades have been brilliant on their return to the top flight playing some of the best football any promoted side has produced for years.
Chris Wilder’s side, two points behind Chelsea are 12/1 to make history becoming the first promoted side to qualify for the Champions League in the Premier League era
Manchester United may feel they have something to say about Lampard or Wilder’s plans.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have failed to put any kind of run together this term.
United are six points behind the Blues and must win at Stamford Bridge on Monday to be serious contenders.
The addition of Bruno Fernandes is a boost to a depleted midfield and the deadline day signing of Odion Ighalo could be a stroke of genius or cement the club’s position as the recruitment laughing stock of the top flight.
United are 8/1 to scrape into the Champions League spots, but will it be enough to save Solskjaer’s job?
Tottenham are back in the mix for the top four, despite some of the moaning from the Spurs faithful.
Jose Mourinho has steered Spurs back up the table and if any side are capable of putting a run together, despite the absence of Harry Kane, Tottenham are that team.
Spurs are 11/4 to squeeze into the top four.
Everton I hear you say?
Why not, they have the manager in Carlo Ancelotti to lead them back to Europe’s top table for the first time since 2005.
If United fancy top four, then Wolves cannot be ruled out.
The Black Country boys are level on points with the Reds, boss Nuno Espirito Santo may not have better players at his disposal but has a better functioning outfit with ever player knowing precisely what their job is.
Wolves are 10/1 to make the Champions League for the first time in their history.
And what about Arsenal?
What about them, ten points off the pace and hoping the six teams above them all do the Gunners a favour while they go on an incredible run to make up the ground, not a chance.
Mikel Arteta’s side are 33/1 to defy the odds and sneak into the top four.
AS far as relegation is concerned, it’s any two from six.
Discount Norwich who are doomed, seven points from safety with no sign of Daniel Farke’s side putting any sort of run together to close the gap.
Watford are second bottom, that’s despite three wins out of five after the arrival of Nigel Pearson.
However, just two points taken from the least 12 available have sent alarm bells ringing again at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets are 7/5 to be relegated.
It’s been a tough first six weeks back at West Ham for David Moyes.
VAR denied the Hammers a point at Sheffield United while throwing away four points at home to Everton and Brighton, the East End boys are in serious trouble.
Moyes has it all to do to turn things around with the Hammers 5/4 to go down.
After spending over £100m last summer, Aston Villa are in a hole.
The second city side are a point above the drop zone and are lucky West Ham and Watford have been so poor recently.
If Jack Grealish stays fit, Villa have a chance.
I’m not a referee, so I’m allowed to say how bad Bournemouth are.
Since beating Manchester United in November just three wins in 15 games and 11 defeats has seen the Cherries flirt big time with relegation.
Where are the points going to come from?
Trips to Burnley and Liverpool sandwich a vital home game with Chelsea.
Brighton have put in some good displays this term, but have they moved forward under Graham Potter?
The Seagulls are 4/1 to be relegated head to Bramall Lane on Saturday next week searching for their first league win of 2020.
Heading south unscathed will be a huge boost before the crunch game at home to Crystal Palace.
The Eagles form has dipped alarmingly.
After looking up the table plotting an assault on the top ten, Palace have a slight sweat on looking over their shoulders after one win in 11 games.
There will we three worse teams than Palace who are 8/1 to go down, but it has been a poor 2020 so far for Roy Hodgson’s troops.
THE race to be top of the goalscoring parade is hotting up with four genuine contenders and one outsider.
Jamie Vardy is currently top dog with 17 league goals, one short of last terms haul but still seven shy of his record total when the Foxes were champions.
The Leicester hitman is 5/2 second favourite to remain top of the pile.
Sergio Aguero is one behind on 16 goals and will at least fancy bettering last terms tally of 21.
A lot will depend on how many games the Manchester City striker starts.
The title is gone, so Pep Guardiola could use Gabriel Jesus in the league and Aguero to lead the Champions League charge denting his chances although the City hitman is 6/4 favourite to top the pile.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 16 league goals proves regardless of Arsenal’s poor season, the club captain can still deliver.
That is what still makes him a real contender for the Golden Boot at 11/1.
Mo Salah trails Vardy by three on 14 for the season.
This time last year the Liverpool forward was on 17 league goals.
With Jurgen Klopp’s side moving in on the title, a few teams are still in line for a thrashing, which could mean a few Salah hat-tricks and doubles on the horizon putting him firmly back in the mix.
Danny Ings on 14 for the season is the outsider.
The Southampton striker has banged in 13 in his last 19 league games and is pushing for an England recall.
The 27-year-old is in the form of his life and 16/1 to be the unlikely top scorer come May.