We should note that the Blues have had moderately easy fixtures by facing Wigan, Reading and Newcastle, although Eden Hazard has hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are now a best price 7/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim the title.
Fernando Torres certainly seems more comfortable as a lone striker without Didier Drogba in the squad although the next game for the Blues is a trip to QPR, the scene of where it all went wrong last season when the visitors were reduced to nine men and had John Terry on racism charges.
Manchester City were fortunate to get a point at Anfield on Sunday although Roberto Mancini’s team achieved the same result last season on course to a first Premier League title and they could still be the team to beat this time around.
Carlos Tevez looks set to score plenty of goals while Sergio Aguero recovers from injury and David Silva is working his way back to full fitness, with Mancini potentially set to add a new player or two to the squad this week including Scott Sinclair.
The best odds about the champions is 11/8 (Paddy Power) and it’s defensively where they need to tighten up, with two goals being conceded against Chelsea in the Community Shield before the same happened against Southampton and Liverpool in the league.
Manchester United have been unconvincing in their first two matches, with the Red Devils losing 1-0 at Everton before holding out for a 3-2 home win against Fulham although Sir Alex Ferguson has been missing key players in defence and there is also a new shape to the team with the addition of Shinji Kagawa.
The Red Devils are desperate to reclaim their title this season and can be backed at 11/5 to reclaim the bragging rights of Manchester, with Robin van Persie recruited to make a statement and hopefully boost the team’s goal tally.
It’s looking more and more like a three-horse race, with Arsenal now out to 25/1 following consecutive goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke, while Liverpool have also drifted to 40/1 after taking just a point from their opening matches.