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What have we learnt after watching three rounds of Premier League fixtures? That Chelsea have a license to thrill this season which could see the Blues rival the Manchester clubs for the title, while Arsenal’s win at Liverpool on Sunday means that the Gunners can’t be ruled out just yet

Three games played means it is still early days and the so-called title contender that has looked least convincing is Manchester United who are a 2/1 (Paddy Power free bets) chance to reclaim their crown despite three lacklustre performances against Everton, Fulham and Southampton.

The Red Devils have six points on the board although it could be a solitary one considering they were beaten by the Toffees before the Cottagers pushed them close and the Saints twice led against United at St Mary’s before Robin van Persie’s late late show.

Manchester City have also stuttered a little at the opening of the campaign, with Roberto Mancini’s side also needing to claw back a 2-1 deficit to beat Southampton 3-2, while they were fortunate to earn a point against Liverpool thanks to Martin Skrtel’s mistake which allowed Carlos Tevez to score.

However, the Citizens strengthened on transfer deadline day and remain favourites at 7/5 (bet365 bookmaker) to make it two titles on the bounce, with Tevez scoring in all three games to date following his fortunate goal against QPR.

Quite whether Chelsea can sustain their early form is open to question, with fixtures against Wigan, Reading and Newcastle perhaps not the toughest opening that the west London side could have received, although Roberto di Matteo’s side are scoring lots of goals.

However, it was interesting to see Chelsea thrashed by Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup thanks to a Falcao masterclass and it remains a talking point whether the 7/2 about a Blues’ title success is a value proposition.

It is indeed noticeable that all three main contenders seem to have problems in defence at the moment although the same criticism can’t be levelled at Arsenal considering that the Gunners are looking uncharacteristically stout at the back thanks to Arsene Wenger’s recruitment of Steve Bould.

The former central defender has got the team defending in numbers, while the flair of Santi Cazorla is starting to shine through even if Olivier Giroud hasn’t quite found his shooting boots yet. Robin van Persie was always going to be a big loss although 14/1 could be a tasty bet if Arsenal keep playing as well as they did at Anfield.

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