Halfway odds sum up crazy Premier League 2015-16 season

  • Reuters, London
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2016 22:27 IST
Leicester City's Danny Simpson and Daniel Drinkwater with Manchester City's Fernandinho in action. (Reuters Photo)

One of the most unpredictable Premier League seasons for years can be summed up by comparing pre-season odds to the numbers now at the halfway stage -- with Leicester City’s title odds slashed from 5,000-1 to 14-1 after their stunning start.

Claudio Ranieri’s side, who needed a remarkable late charge to avoid relegation last season, are flying high in second place and are now rated 11-10 for a top-four finish, compared to 200-1 in August according to British bookmaker William Hill.

Converesly, champions Chelsea were 7-4 favourites to retain their title but now, having sacked manager Jose Mourniho and languishing in 14th place, they are 150-1. Their top-four ambitions, initially a 1-33 shot, are now rated 10-1.

League leaders Arsenal and Manchester City are 11-8 joint favourites (from 7-2 and 3-1) to win the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur at 8-1 to take the honours for the first time since 1961, from 150-1 at the start of the season.

At the foot of the table Aston Villa are 1-16 for relegation, compared to 5-2 pre-season.

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