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Manchester United and Manchester City closed the gap on Chelsea this weekend after a controversial Red Devils victory at Stamford Bridge, with the bookmakers now making Sir Alex Ferguson’s team favourite to reclaim the Premier League crown

You can get a best price 7/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) about United winning the league and they certainly appear to be building up a head of steam after scoring three times away to Newcastle and Chelsea to move up on the shoulders of the latter in the table.

The momentum certainly appears to be with a team who have now won five games on the bounce and Robin van Persie can’t stop finding the back of the net, with the return of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia from injury giving the side a fine balance.

United now have a set of winnable fixtures in the next few weeks, with matches against Arsenal, Aston Villa, Norwich, QPR, West Ham and Reading before a trip to the Etihad Stadium in December.

Manchester City are the current title holders and they are level on points with their city rivals following a slender 1-0 win against Swansea City, with Carlos Tevez scoring the winning goal although Roberto Mancini’s team haven’t reached the highs of last season.

The champions are 15/8 (Paddy Power bookmaker) to lift the trophy again in May and consecutive home matches against Tottenham and Aston Villa should see them stay in the mix, although there’s a trip to Stamford Bridge in the offing.

A Champions League group stage exit looks likely for the Citizens and that could mean a big focus on ensuring they remain top dogs domestically, although Mancini appears to be doing his players no favours with alternating the formation.

As for Chelsea, perhaps they shouldn’t be written off considering the Blues rallied from two goals down to draw level with United and there was some excellent interchange between Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Ramires before it all went wrong on Sunday.

You can now back Roberto Di Matteo’s team at 3/1 (Stan James) and they will surely be in the title challenge going into the New Year, although the bookies are effectively making it a three-horse race considering Arsenal can be backed at 20/1 (Blue Square).

The Gunners managed a 1-0 win against QPR to stay within reach of the leading three although they were close to being frustrated and appear to have run out of ideas.

Tottenham are fourth after a 2-1 win at Southampton which saw Gareth Bale return to score against his former club and it could be that Spurs’ away form is better than the performances at White Hart Lane this term. Ladbrokes go 66/1 about Andre Villas-Boas winning the league with this team.

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