Leicester crowned Premier League champions and Betway offering 40/1 that they win back-to-back titles
Amazing scenes in Leicester on Monday night after Chelsea came back to draw Tottenham Hotspur 2-2, a result which means that the Foxes are Premier League champions.
Claudio Ranieri’s side have got the job done with two games to spare and Betway offer 40/1 that Leicester prove it was no one-season wonder by landing another Premier League title.
It’s a big contrast to the 5000/1 being peddled at the start of the campaign, with many assuming that City would struggle in the Premier League as they had for most of the previous campaign before rallying under Nigel Pearson.
Ranieri replaced Pearson in the summer to a mixed reception although the Italian has built a title-winning squad and will now hope to retain the services of the players that produced the goods for him.
Manchester City are title favourites for next season, with William Hill offering a standout 7/4 that Pep Guardiola produces instant results at the Etihad Stadium, although the Spaniard is set to take on his toughest managerial challenge so far.
There will be lots of competition, with Chelsea having Antonio Conte at the helm and the Blues are 11/2 with Paddy Power to reclaim their title after a horrible defence that saw them out of the running at a very early stage.
Arsenal are a 7/1 shot with betway to win the Premier League title although we prefer the chances of Tottenham at 8/1 with Paddy Power, while Liverpool are an 11/1 poke and Jurgen Klopp will certainly be targeting a title tilt at Anfield.
But the limelight currently belongs to Leicester and Ranieri, with the manager now hoping that improved contracts can secure the services of Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.
Interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink revealed that he enjoyed a telephone conversation with Ranieri after Monday’s fiery 2-2 draw against Tottenham that ultimately handed Leicester the title.
Hiddink said: “Just after the final whistle, a few minutes after the judo, I got a call from Ranieri. He thanked us especially for what we did in the second half and I congratulated him for being champions. They deserved it, it may be a bit of a shock for the established clubs that they did so well. They didn’t implode, there was no tension when they started smelling the title.
“I didn’t see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation but his voice was trembling a bit. He said five times thanks. His emotion was going up.”
Mauricio Pochettino said: “First of all I want to congratulate Leicester, Ranieri, the players and the staff and of course the supporters. They had a great season, they deserve the title. I’m disappointed because we fought to be in the race. We’re disappointed but at the same time I’m proud of my players, the season was fantastic and we will still fight for second place.
“I want to congratulate Claudio and the Leicester players, it was a massive, amazing season for them. They deserve it, this is sure. We need to be stronger next season and try to be in the race for the title.”