Manchester United are now odds on to claim the Premier League crown for the second year in a row in bwin’s title betting market.
The Red Devils beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday to extend their perfect start to the league season and dent their opponents’ title chances in the process.
Meanwhile, the Manchester club’s other main rivals, neighbours City, also dropped points following a 2-2 draw with Fulham having been 2-0 up.
With this in mind, Man Utd’s title odds have been cut from 11/10 to 13/20 while second-favourites Man City’s odds have drifted from 9/4 to 12/5.
Chelsea’s odds have also lengthened following the weekend’s play and stand at 5/1 having been 9/2 on Friday.
It could have all been so different had Chelsea’s Fernando Torres scored from seven yards with the goal at his mercy towards the closing stages of the match at Old Trafford.
This is certainly the view of Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, who believes his side could have salvaged something from the game had his Spanish striker been as clinical as he had been earlier in the match when scoring his side’s only goal of the game.
“Luck didn’t fall on our side because normally that would make it 3-2 and that could have given us the mental edge for the last ten minutes but it didn’t happen and it stayed 3-1,” the Portuguese said.
Had Chelsea achieved parity in Manchester the title betting market would look very different today, with United unlikely to be such heavy favourites.
But this just goes to show how slim the margins are, and a dip in form for the Red Devils could still see the Citizens and the Blues storm back into the title race.
As such, Chelsea’s defeat may have prepared the ground for punters to take advantage of the tempting new price and back the Blues to finish first this season.
A £25 free bet on Chelsea to win the title would see punters win £150 at odds of 5/1.
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