Manchester United’s David Moyes is expected to outperform Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini in the battle of the new bosses, according to the bookmakers at bwin.
With both managers arriving today for their first official day in charge, thoughts are already turning to how they will fare next season and beyond.
Luckily, punters need look no further than our range of specials on the pair, who will meet for the first time on September 21st when United make the short trip to the Etihad Stadium.
We make Moyes the 19/20 favourite to win more major trophies than Pellegrini next term, with the Chilean a 2/1 outsider and the tie priced up at 5/2.
This is a particularly interesting market because while Moyes famously failed to lift any silverware during his 11-year stint at Everton, the same is also true of Pellegrini since he first came to Europe ten years ago.
The former Malaga boss will certainly be under pressure to deliver in his debut campaign considering the backing he has already received from City’s wealthy owners, who have spent £47 million recruiting Fernandinho from Shakhtar and winger Jesus Nevas from Sevilla.
But with more investment in the squad that surrendered the Premier League title so meekly last term expected in the coming weeks, a price of 5/4 on Pellegrini winning at least one trophy in 2013/14 looks a very solid punt (he is 3/5 to fall short on this count).
United fans, for their part, can find a price of 1/4 on Moyes winning at least two trophies during his entire Old Trafford tenure (less than two is a 47/20 chance).
The Scot faces an unenviable task in following Sir Alex Ferguson – especially with the legendary boss set to be watching on from the stands next term – and we go 15/4 that he is out of a job by August 8th, 2014.
However, he is as short as 3/20 to still be in situ at that point and 2/5 to survive in the United hotseat beyond January 1st, 2015, with a departure prior to the latter date available at 17/10.
Pellegrini is also 3/20 to still be City boss on August 1st, 2014 and 15/4 to have left the club by that stage, while punters who believe he could be dismissed after a poor start can find a price of 33/1 on him being the next Premier League manager to vacate his post.
Moyes is the 50/1 outsider in this market after being handed a six-year contract upon replacing Ferguson.