Manchester clubs threatening to break away

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Seven games in and the two Manchester clubs already seem to be making it a two-horse Premier League title race.

It appears money can buy you happiness as, having spent well, both City and United have made flying starts. Tied at the top and five clear on 19 points, they look the pair to beat.

The Citizens, the 2/3 title favourites, produced arguably the performance of the season in beating Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday while they also smashed Liverpool 5-0.

United have brushed most aside so far but, at 27/10, they will face their first real test when they play Liverpool on the other side of the international break.

The champions Chelsea may have something to say but are a club who always shoot themselves in the foot, with Antonio Conte’s complaints about the depth of their squad seemingly coming to fruition.

But 17/2 still seems a good price and they certainly have a better chance than Liverpool. The 35/1 Reds might be great going forward but their defending often leaves fans and neutrals alike shaking their heads.

The annual claim of it being their year seemed almost realistic in the summer but the naive way they went about their transfer business means they are again set to fall short.

In contrast, Tottenham are brilliant at the back and just as good going forward. They boast the wonderful Harry Kane in attack but also have their Wembley hoodoo to deal with.

There is an argument to suggest Spurs’ best chance of winning the title has gone and, even at 15/1, their ‘home’ worries means they are unlikely to go all the way.

Arsenal could also be in the mix but then again they always are and 26/1 perhaps reflects the popular opinion that they will again fall short due to the same old issues.

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