History doesn’t make pretty reading for Premier League favourites Manchester City

When it comes to winning the title, it doesn’t always pay to back the market leaders.

Premier League champions Manchester City are firm favourites to defend their Premier League title this season - but do the bookies always get it right?

Planet Sport has gone back over the last 11 years to see how the Premier League favourites fared and the answer to that question is a resounding no.

Pep Guardiola's side have been favourites to win the title every campaign since 2016 but have failed to win it in two of those five seasons.

In fact, only five of the last 11 champions have kicked off the season at the head of the betting.

Here, Planet Sport looks back at the fates of every market leader since 2010 and it makes for interesting reading.

2010/11

Title favourites: Chelsea (13/8)

Winners: Manchester United (2/1 second favourites)

Champions Chelsea came into the season as narrow favourites under Carlo Ancelotti. However, it was not to be as Sir Alex Ferguson worked his magic again to guide United to the title by a comfortable margin of nine points from the Blues.

2011/12

Title favourites: Manchester United (6/4)

Winners: Manchester City (4/1 third favourites)

Find it hard to remember this season? Here's an easy reminder… Agueroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Yes, that last-minute winner gave City the three points against QPR, denying title favourites United in the most dramatic of Premier League finales.

2012/13

Title favourites: Manchester City (11/8)

Winners: Manchester United (11/4 second favourites)

Man City came in as defending champions but Roberto Mancini could not defend the crown as he was outfoxed by Sir Alex Ferguson. It was to prove a perfect end to Ferguson's managerial career as United finished 11 points clear of their cross-city rivals.

2013/14

Title favourites: Manchester City (9/5)

Winners: Manchester City

Favourites City took the title under Manuel Pellegrini but this is the season that will forever be remembered for Liverpool throwing it away. Five points clear going into their final three games, they suffered a humbling 2-0 home loss to Chelsea before throwing away a three-goal advantage to draw with Crystal Palace and eventually finished two points adrift of City.

2014/15

Title favourites: Chelsea (6/4)

Winners: Chelsea

Jose Mourinho won his third title for Chelsea after returning to the club in 2013. Despite Man City being defending champions, it was Chelsea who went into the campaign as favourites, winning the title with three games to spare. City were second.

2015/16

Title favourites: Chelsea (13/8)

Winners: Leicester City (5000/1 16th favourites)

The biggest upset in English soccer history as Claudio Ranieri guided Leicester to the most unlikely of victories.

Leicester were among the favourites for relegation ahead of the season, while Chelsea - as defending champions - were favourites for the second season in a row under Mourinho. However, his second spell with the club came to an end when he was sacked in December. The Blues went on to finish 10th, 31 points adrift of top spot.

2016/17

Title favourites: Manchester City (9/4)

Winners: Chelsea (13/2 fourth favourites)

There was no dream defence for Leicester as Chelsea claimed the title, Antonio Conte steering his side to silverware in his first season in England. Leicester limped home in 12th.

2017/18

Title favourites: Manchester City (2/1)

Winners: Manchester City

A dominant display from City saw them wrench back a title they last won in 2014, breaking a host of records in the process. The 2017 season was the last time City were not odds-on favourites to win the league, as they were priced just ahead of defending champions Chelsea. The Blues missed out on the top four altogether.

2018/19

Title favourites: Manchester City (8/13)

Winners: Manchester City

Man City took the title by just a point from Liverpool courtesy of a win in the final game of the season. Liverpool finished with the highest ever second-placed tally of 97 points having lost just one game all season. However, their time would come.

2019/20

Title favourites: Manchester City (8/13)

Winners: Liverpool (4/1 second favourites)

It is hard to believe Liverpool were not favourites after such a dominant 2018/19 campaign. However, despite being overlooked by the bookies, they carried on their form from the previous season to wrestle the Premier League crown off City and secure their first success of the century.

2020/21

Title favourites: Manchester City (8/11)

Winners: Manchester City

Despite Liverpool winning the league in impressive fashion in 2019, bookmakers weren't convinced Jurgen Klopp's men could defend their title. And so it proved as City comfortably regained their Premier League crown.

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