With Arsenal in turmoil, Liverpool defensively shambolic, Spurs unable to win at Wembley and Chelsea’s squad lacking depth, the two Manchester clubs should dominate this season’s Premier League title race.
The Gunners, 28/1 to win the title, already seem unlikely to even clinch a top-four spot after losing two of their first three matches.
Despite missing out on Alexis Sanchez, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has bought well this summer. However, doubts persist as to how they will cope defensively if, or more likely when, Vincent Kompany picks up another injury. They are 13/10 to win a third title in seven seasons.
Chelsea may have signed Danny Drinkwater on transfer deadline day but, considering they will be involved in the Champions League this season, it is difficult to see how Antonio Conte’s side can challenge both domestically and in Europe.
They can be backed at 11/2 to win the title again, but the home loss to Burnley showed that they have the ability to self-destruct.
Liverpool (11/1) are brilliant as an attacking force but unfortunately that does not guarantee success. Jurgen Klopp does not appear to have faith in Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet while there is always a mistake in Dejan Lovren at the back.
Tottenham’s Wembley hoodoo is a myth but it remains a fact that there are playing their home matches at a neutral venue so they may have to settle for a top-six spot this season. They are 14/1 to be top-flight title winners for the first time since 1961 while Manchester United are 9/4 to be champions of England.
Jose Mourinho has bought well this summer and, with an easy run of fixtures until they visit Anfield in mid-October, they could steal a march on their title rivals that proves to be crucial.
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