Betting Special: Chelsea lead the race to be the Premier League's top London club

With six capital clubs in the Premier League for the 2014/15 season, Phil Kitromilides takes a look at who is in the running to earn bragging rights in London
Of the six London teams set to contest the forthcoming Premier League campaign, only Arsenal and Chelsea have a realisitic chance of challenging for the title according to the bookmakers. Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers may have long and proud traditions, but they are languishing ever further behind the leading clubs in the capital.

Given that they are the favorites to win the league, it is only logical that bet365 have Chelsea as the favorites to finish as the top London club offering them at 8/15 (1.53) to once again look down at their neighbours.

Top London Club 2014/15

Odds from bet365
Chelsea 8/15
Arsenal 15/8
Spurs 8/1
West Ham 2000/1
Crystal Palace 2000/1
Queens Park Rangers 2500/1
Certainly with the investment that has taken place at Stamford Bridge and the formidable squad available
to Jose Mourinho, the Blues will take some stopping, yet Arsenal have done some eye-catching business themselves over the summer.

The Gunners' starting 11 will be more than a match for any team in the division on their day and while they may not boast the strength in depth of Chelsea or indeed Manchester City, Arsene Wenger without doubt possesses some world class players.

The north Londoners can be backed at 15/8 (2.87) to finish as top dog in the capital and that price is more appealing from a value standpoint than the odds offered for Chelsea.

A few miles up the Seven Sisters Road lie Spurs, who 12 months ago where extremely close to breaking the Arsenal/Chelsea duopoly of London success, yet a policy of selling their top players has come back to haunt them.

With another new manager at the helm, a talented, if fragmented Spurs squad will be looking for another European finish, yet the price of 8/1 (9.00) is unlikely to tempt many punters to back them to end the season as the capital's highest placed side.

At the other end of the market are three sides who will ultimately simply be happy to remain in the Premier League, although perhaps West Ham may have somewhat loftier aspirations.

The Hammers along with Crystal Palace are both priced at 2000/1 (2001.00) to be the top London club, while newly promoted QPR can be backed at 2500/1 (2501.00).

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