Bwin’s shifting football betting odds in the Premier League title market reflects a change in fortunes for the blue and red halves of Manchester.
In the wake of Man City’s 6-1 win over Man Utd back in October, it would have taken a brave or even foolish man to back Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to pip their cross-town rivals to the top-flight crown.
But less than four months on and it is United storming into form, just as City’s golden touch has seemingly deserted them.
This is no more evident than in the latest odds on Manchester United to win the title.
At one time long outsiders, you can now get odds of 7/20 on the Red Devils lifting the Premier League trophy after City were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
Anyone utilising bwin’s free £25 bet for registering would walk away with £33.75 on these odds.
And given their upcoming run of fixtures, it’s easy to see why the smart money looks to be on United.
Their next five games offer up as surefire a maximum 15 points as they are likely to see this season.
It all begins with a home fixture tonight against a Fulham side who have won just one of their last 11 away fixtures in the Premier League.
Next up at home, they face off against an ill-disciplined Queens Park Rangers team who have won just one of their last five away games and will now be missing influential goalscorer Djibril Cisse through suspension.
Rounding off a treble of home-banker home ties is the arrival of a woeful Aston Villa team lacking injured top scorer Darren Bent and without a win in five on the road.
Sandwiched in between are away trips to relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic – who traditionally fare poorly against United – and Blackburn Rovers.
City, meanwhile, face an uphill task and are available at odds of 11/5 to take their first Premier League crown.
Anyone confident Mancini’s men will prevail could reap winnings of £80 if opting to use bwin’s free £25 bet – but a look at the fixture list suggests they may be forced to settle for second place.
While City remain in imperious form at home this season, their away results remain a major cause for concern.
The Citizens have won just three of their last ten games away from the Etihad Stadium and will need to be in top form against some difficult opposition on the road.
Heading over to the Emirates to play Arsenal could prove a tricky start. City have a poor recent record against the Gunners and with Arsene Wenger’s side currently on a run of seven consecutive wins, that could well continue.
Mancini’s team will also have to defeat Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena to maintain their challenge, which will prove no easy feat.
The Toon Army have made their newly-named home something of a fortress once again and are unbeaten in seven on Tyneside, with five wins and two draws to their name.
Add to that a visit to Carrow Road to face a Norwich City team that came close to snatching a draw from United recently and the omens do not look good for City fans.
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