Tottenham’s poor start to the campaign suggested that Andre Villas-Boas might have his work cut out at White Hart Lane, although Spurs are now motoring up the league after four straight wins which leaves them just five points from the top.
A 2-0 win over Aston Villa means it’s a healthy 14 points from their first 7 matches including a dramatic 3-2 win at Old Trafford, with the bookies shortening their title odds to 50/1 (Paddy Power free bets). AVB can’t find a place in the team for Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson, although it’s strange that the Europa League is being treated with significance.
Arsenal came from a goal down to beat West Ham 3-1 and the Gunners’ away form has been pretty impressive to date, having won two and drawn two of their four matches on the road. However, Arsene Wenger’s team have stuttered against Chelsea and Sunderland at the Emirates, with Ladbrokes offering 12/1 that the north London side claim a long-awaited title.
The reality is that three teams could take the Premier League title down to the wire and it is Chelsea that have stolen a march on their Manchester rivals, with Roberto Di Matteo’s team enjoying six wins and a draw from their first seven games and the Italian has already cultivated an entertaining brand of football in the process.
Eden Hazard and Oscar have joined forces with Juan Mata in midfield and the Blues are now a best price 3/1 (Paddy Power) to claim the title having been 5/1 before a ball was kicked in August.
Chelsea certainly have been the outstanding performers in the Premier League although they have largely faced teams who will finish in the bottom half of the table and sterner tests await the west London side.
Manchester United’s first seven matches have included trips to Anfield and St James’ Park, not to mention a visit of Tottenham and the presence of Robin van Persie in the attack alongside Rooney will fill supporters with confidence that they can have an edge over their title rivals. Sky Bet go 11/5 that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are celebrating in May.
Manchester City were the victors last season and remain the team to beat in the eyes of the bookmakers, especially after a convincing 3-0 win against Sunderland which was achieved without Vincent Kompany. If you feel that Roberto Mancini’s side will retain their title, odds of 13/8 are available.