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With their flawless start to the English Premier League for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, it would be easy think that given all the hype that the Red Devils look the best bet in the title race.
The online bookmakers have some generous betting offers and even early payouts on them staying at the top.
But of course, after just the three games, this isn’t the case.
Obviously, it’s hard to deny how impressive United are right now, but their rivals will no doubt be looking for ways to counter their play and put pressure on as the 2017/18 football season approaches the winter period.
The bookies’ favourite
They say the bookies rarely get things wrong and right now they think that Manchester City are worthy of still being marginal favourites for the Premier League title, with betting odds of around 11/8 (2.38) on offer with their city rivals Man United available to back at 2/1 (3.00).
With wins over Brighton and Bournemouth and a home draw against Everton for Man City so far, things don’t get any easier for Pep Guardiola’s side as they welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium this weekend, in what is sure to be a cracking encounter.
Manchester City will be warm favourites to come through this tie and collect all three points and if they do, their next three games against Watford, West Brom and Crystal Palace presents a real opportunity to rack up some points.
Liverpool, a true test of their credentials
On Wednesday 13th of September, City’s domestic title challenge is interrupted for a UEFA Champions League game against Feyenoord, who are currently sitting top of the Eredivisie and the Dutch side will be no pushovers.
After that run of three games against those lower ranked sides, City travel to Stamford Bridge for a showdown with West London giants and defending champions Chelsea.
If City do happen to beat Liverpool and rack up those aforementioned points and have a good showing in Europe whilst avoiding injury, then they would be in a very strong position to really serve it up with a statement away win at Chelsea.
Impressive roster, with or without Alexis Sanchez
Reports at the time of writing (Sept 6th, 2017) suggest that Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez could make a January move to Man City for just £20m in what would be a bargain buy of one of the league’s finest attacking talents.
Even without Sanchez, City have an impressive blend of class, experience and young talent at their disposal, but signing the Chilean star would certainly serve to help Manchester City over the line in the second half of the season.
The run up to Christmas is the most important time of the season, where those serious about winning the Premier League simply have to perform. It’ll certainly be very interesting to see how things pan out over the coming weeks.
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