by Linda Thompson
The Premier League is arguably the greatest football league in the world. Since its inception in 1992, many of the world’s greatest football players have played in the Premier League. Many consider the Premier League along with La Liga to be the best leagues in the world. As a result, a considerable number of footballing bets are placed on clubs in the Premier League. However, one thing that you should know before betting on any club is that the league position is not the only thing that determines the result of a club. In fact, if you have been watching football for a long while, you would know that on the pitch, the league position matters little.
There have been countless cases in which football clubs that were toiling away in the relegation zone managed to defeat teams that were champions. After all, who can forget that Sunderland ended Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten home record when he was at Chelsea? It came as a shock to almost everyone who watches football. The biggest example though was last year when Leicester City, who were literally outsiders and who many thought would be battling relegation by the end of the year, ended up winning the Premier League title.
It’s All in the Head
Psychology plays a very important role in determining the result of any football club. Let’s talk about Arsenal, which is one of the hottest clubs in the Premier League right now. When it comes to Premier League betting, Arsenal is quite unreliable. They narrowly won against West Brom, having lost their past two games to Man City and Everton.
Apart from these two losses, the club has been playing pretty consistently all season, drawing and even winning bigger matches and playing relatively steadily. However, many have associated Arsenal with suffering from a mental blip. A number of pundits have stated that when push comes to shove, Arsenal tends to buckle under the pressure. There have been several situations where Arsenal has been on a blazing run of form only to have their streak halted by a club from the mid-table or the lower table.
The Winning Mentality
Now, let’s talk about Chelsea. At the start of the season, many didn’t think Chelsea would be sitting in such a strong position before the year’s end. However, Conte’s team has been on a 12-win streak and, thanks to the return to form of several key players as well as reducing injuries, they have been able to maintain a pretty strong atmosphere in the dressing room.
Manchester United, on the other hand, has struggled for consistency simply because several of the key players at the club are unable to maintain fitness. On top of that, Mourinho’s desire to constantly shuffle the team has also led to instability and a lack of motivation because players never know whether they’ll be playing the next week even if they had performed amazingly well in their past game.