Manchester Clubs set to dominate Premier League

Going into the latest International break, the two Manchester clubs are neck and neck in the Premier League table, and this season’s championship race seems to be between these two clubs.

Favourites are Manchester City, and if anyone was in any doubts about their title credentials, they need look no further back than to the Light Blues’ 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Chelsea were coming off the back of one of their best wins in recent years, an away 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, so confidence would have been high. In contrast City were rocked by injuries to Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Agüero in the build up to the match.

Despite all of this, it was as comprehensive a 1-0 victory as you could get, as City demonstrated their class and also showed the rest of the Premier League that they are capable of keeping a clean sheet, further underlining why they are the bookmaker’s 4/6 favourites in the Premier League Betting this year.

The other Manchester club, United, are putting mid table teams to the sword this year, with new striker, Romelu Lukaku, leading the way.

The matches they struggled with last season, such as against the likes of Southampton (lost 1-0) and Burnley (drew 1-1), they are winning with ease this season, as best demonstrated with the ruthless 4-0 thrashings of West Ham and Everton.

Anybody with any industry insight knows that these are the sort of matches United need to be winning if they are to win the league this year, and so far so good. They are dispatching mid table teams with ease so far this season, and this is why they are the bookmakers second favourites for the league title at 7/2.

United are greatly helped by the aforementioned Romelu Lukaku. So far this season, his 7 Premier League goals see him as the league’s top scorer, and he can currently be backed at 11/4 to be this season’s Golden Boot winner. Incredibly, he’s the second favourite behind Harry Kane, which just goes to show how well the Spurs front man is doing.

For City to win the league, I believe it’s imperative they don’t allow United to open up a gap at the top. We’ve all seen how tactically astute Mourinho is, and I believe if his United team can get a lead, it will be incredibly hard for City to catch them.

United don’t look like dropping points against the teams outside the top 6, and if United go into the Manchester Derbies with a points lead, Mourinho will just use his nullifying tactics to kill the game, and ensure that the status quo is maintained by playing for (and most probably getting) a draw.

The acid test is yet to really come for United though, as they have tricky away fixtures coming up at Liverpool and Tottenham.

The Liverpool fixture is United’s first match back after the international break, kicking off at 12.30pm on Saturday 14th October. Liverpool are slight favourites at 8/5, given home advantage. Mourinho’s United are 17/10, with the draw at 23/10.

City have a far easier task that same weekend, at least on paper anyway, they are at home to Stoke. Guardiola’s team are 1/6, with the draw at 7/1, and unlikely Stoke win is 16/1.

Champions League Betting – Manchester United Odds Against In Greece

Manchester United return to Champions League action tonight, and I am struggling to decide whether United at odds on away in Greece is good value or not?

David Moyes’ team have been somewhat surprisingly stronger in Europe than they have been domestically. The problem with backing United at the moment though, is not knowing which United are going to turn up – the one that thrashed Leverkusen, or the fairly average United who have struggled domestically?

The best price on a United win tonight is 5/4 with Coral (£50.00 Free Bet). United should be refreshed, they had a spare weekend and went to Dubai for a hot weather break, and had a fairly routine run out at Crystal Palace on their return to action on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney looked sharp on Saturday, and Robin van Persie also has another run out under his belt and is slowly returning to top form and fitness. With both these two firing, surely United look value?

The negative to that is there is no Juan Mata (cup-tied), and now that we have hit the knock out stages, will Moyes go negative? This is new territory for Moyes, and he may decide to play safe, meaning United don’t play with the freedom they did in the group stages.

For me, I think if Moyes lets them play, they will win. But I can’t be sure they will be allowed to play. For that reason I may just have a speculative scorecast bet, 1-0 United with van Persie or Rooney to score.

If you are considering a scorecast, don’t forget to use Paddy Power, as they refund all losing scorecasts if Wayne Rooney scores anytime (refund comes in the form of a free bet).

Onto the other match outcomes, and Olympiakos are a top price of 27/10 with Bet365. If you are an existing (or new) Bet365 customer who hasn’t yet placed a bet with them on mobile/tablet, then you will be able to take advantage of Bet365’s £50.00 Free Bet for first time mobile or tablet users.

Although the Greek league obviously isn’t the strongest in Europe, Olympiakos are top with a 20 point lead over the second placed team.

They have won 24 out of their 26 league games this season (drawing the other 2), so they are obviously a team in confident mood who can’t be underestimated. If you fancy a stalemate, the draw is a best price of 12/5 with Betfred.