We have reached the second international break of the season so it is time to reflect on what we have seen in the Premier League. After the first eight games, Tottenham Hotspur lead the pack on 20 points, ahead of rivals Arsenal on goals scored.

Here is how the Premier League winners market looks in October. 

Premier League Winner Odds

  • Manchester City – 4/6
  • Arsenal – 4/1
  • Liverpool – 11/2
  • Tottenham Hotspur – 10/1

Manchester City @ 4/6

Things didn’t go according to plan for Manchester City just before the international break as they lost two games in a row. After a surprising defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, they then suffered a loss against title challengers Arsenal, which could come to be a huge moment at the end of the season.

But before those two defeats, the reigning champions had won six on the bounce, form of title winners. Pep Guardiola’s team rightly remain the favourites for the crown simply because they have won the last three on offer. They have experienced a rough patch in their recent games but they will most likely have a response when they return to action in a fortnight.

After all, Arsenal were leading the way for most of last season in the race for the title, only for City to swoop in at the end with an incredible late run of form. They can never and won’t be written off so early.

Arsenal @ 4/1

The Gunners head into this international break on cloud nine as they narrowly defeated City at the Emirates Stadium on their last outing, the first time Mikel Arteta has been able to beat his former employers as a manager in the Premier League.

Arsenal led the Premier League for a record time last year for a team that didn’t end up winning the title, so they have that fuelling their ambition to go one step further this time around. They certainly have the squad to challenge, and what was more impressive in their win against City was that they did it without star man Bukayo Saka. You cannot fault their unbeaten start to the season.

This will only add to their confidence when they return from the international break, but they will need to continue building this momentum.

Liverpool @ 11/2

Liverpool have most definitely started this campaign far stronger than the last one, but there have still been a couple performances in which they would have expected better. In their most recent outing, they were held to a 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.

They came from behind to score twice before half-time and really should’ve wrapped up the match in the second-half but didn’t. Ryan Gravenberch’s missed chance came back to haunt them and they only left with a point.

Of course, there will always be the what if moment of Luis Diaz’s goal against Tottenham being correctly given, which could have sent that crunch clash in another direction. Jurgen Klopp’s side have done well thus far to keep up with the pack, but they will need to reach another gear if they are to maintain it.

Tottenham Hotspur @ 10/1

Ange Postecoglou has enjoyed a stunning start to his Premier League career, implementing his attractive style of football at Tottenham Hotspur. It is already yielding great results. Like rivals Arsenal, they are yet to taste defeat, with both teams winning exactly six games and drawing twice.

Spurs lead the way at this point of the season due to having scored two more goals than the Gunners, while their goal difference is exactly the same. Spurs have been playing some excellent football and getting the results they deserve. It is still very early days but they are definitely in the title race at this moment in time, it’s just can they sustain it over the coming months?

 

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