Before the season kicks off every football fan has high aspirations for what their club will achieve over the course of the upcoming year. Everton fans will tell you how they are going to crack the top four and qualify for the Champions League. Liverpool and Arsenal supporters start talking about how this is their year, and the fact they only signed a couple of players isn’t important, it’s about quality not quantity.
Chelsea know if they aren’t looking that good in January they can always bring in another superstar from somewhere. And Spurs are just hoping that their relatively unchanged team will somehow do a little better than the previous season. And then of course we have Manchester City and Manchester United.
Both clubs have gone a little bit crazy with the proverbial credit card in recent seasons, and by god it seems to be working for both of them so far this year. After just two months of the 2017/18 season it has become quite apparent that the trophy will most likely be heading back to Manchester at the end of the competition.
City were favourites to win the Premier League before a ball had been kicked, and not much has changed since then. The Blues’ odds to become the champions have shortened further, followed by local rivals United, who sit second. Behind these two juggernauts is little talk of a surprise title challenge, and with the misfiring duo of Tottenham and Chelsea sat as the next favourites, and it’s clear to see that bookmakers have already decided that it’s become a bit of a two horse race, with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool now more concerned with the achievement of a top-four finish.
So commanding has Man City’s performances been this year, that they are already at a point where there is basically no value backing them because of their incredibly short odds. Bettors who do like the look of the Citizens are looking further afield at their chances in Europe for value, and in search of free bets and special prices many have found that you might find more betting offers here, where they have a history of underachievement.
In terms of the league title, there is definitely some value for the red half of Manchester if they can manage to keep up their impressive start to the campaign. They are the only club that will seriously challenge City this year, and if Jose Mourinho’s side don’t keep the pressure on their cross-city rivals, we could be in for a very one-sided affair for the rest of the season.
What is so scary about City’s form is just how prolific they have been in front of goal so far this term. Already we have seen a 7-2 demolition of Stoke, as well as two 5-0 thrashings over Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Both clubs have been excellent defensively throughout the early stages of the competition, with the Blues having conceded four goals out of the first eight fixtures, and the Red Devils letting in only two.
It’s going to be extremely interesting to see who will finish on top out of these two fierce rivals, and it could even be the two Manchester derbies that makes the difference come the end of the season.