Manchester clubs set the early pace

Manchester City and Manchester United began this season as the two favourites with the bookmakers for the title and the two sides have so far shown exactly why. Five games in to the new season and they sit joint top of the table with identical records. Both teams have four wins and one draw so far and have each scored 16 goals in that period whilst conceding just two each. 

Prior to the season getting underway, these two teams were the shortest priced to win the title along with reigning champions Chelsea. However with rumours of discontent behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and a shock opening day defeat at home to Burnley, the two Manchester clubs quickly solidified their position as the two title frontrunners. City began the season with a 2-0 win over Brighton though they were then held in their next game at home to Everton. Since then however they have won three consecutive league games, thrashing Liverpool 5-0 and Watford 6-0. Going forward they look irresistible at times with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus forming a potent double act up top. 

United on the other hand were even quicker out of the blocks, winning both of their first two games 4-0, coming at home to West Ham and away to Swansea respectively. A further win at home to Leicester was followed up with a 2-2 draw away to Stoke before they recorded another 4-0 victory, this time at home against Everton. Having never managed to sustain a title challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, the hope amongst Red Devils' fans is that they will finally be able to mount one this season.

The bookies are seemingly confident in both sides' chances given the respective price now on both teams. City are in fact the favourites and are in some places odds-on to be crowned champions. Pep Guardiola failed to capture any silverware during his first season in charge but his side appear to be a completely different beast this season. Though perhaps it should be noted that the Blues won their six opening games in the league last season before ultimately finishing third and 15 points adrift of champions Chelsea. 

At 11/4 with Skybet, United therefore perhaps represent the better value option. Jose Mourinho usually wins the title in his second season with a club and his team look far more dangerous this term. They are showing a killer instinct to finish teams off that they lacked last season and certainly looked better equipped than any other time in the post-Ferguson era to properly compete for the title.  

Chelsea are the only other club currently priced at single figure odds and Antonio Conte's men remain very capable of retaining their title. After their shock home defeat to Burnley on the opening day, it looked as though all was not well at Stamford Bridge. However since then they have recovered well, winning away at both Tottenham and Leicester and beating Everton at home. With Eden Hazard also coming back in to the fold having missed the start of the season with a broken ankle, the Belgian's return will be a welcome one. He's the Blues star man and scored 16 league goals last season. He has the quality to get Chelsea results even when they are not playing well and with his match-winning abilities back in the side, they'll be a much tougher proposition. At the time of writing, they can be backed at 6/1 with bet365 to retain their title which seems a little on the generous side in our opinion.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 21/09/2017 - 12:19 PM
Filed in:- Football Betting News, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United