Dominating a field in a sporting event by leading from start to finish is almost the complete achievement, whether it be topping the leaderboard for all four rounds of a golf major like Rory McIlroy at the 2011 US Open or an athlete setting off quickly to never be overtaken in the London marathon.
Arsenal’s unbeaten season or the way Bayern Munich brushed aside virtually all comers in the last campaign are two more recent football examples of dominance, and Manchester City will now want to get in on the act by leading the Premier League standings from gun to tape.
They have shortened from 11/5 to 7/4 to win the Premier League after the 4-0 defeat of Newcastle, but history suggests that this price should be opposed.
Only three times in the 21-year history of the Premier League has a team that has been top after the opening week of action been crowned champions. The most recent of these was City themselves in the 2011/12 campaign, when coincidentally they also started with a 4-0 home triumph, over Swansea.
However, this year’s start is theoretically good news for Manchester United, who were on course to head the standings until City’s victory in the opening gameweek’s final fixture.
This may be a reason to now invest in their price of 12/5 to retain their Premier League title.
In the last 13 seasons the eventual champions have kicked off the season with three points on 10 occasions, which is bad news for those believing pre-season that Arsenal had realistic title aspirations.
Seven of the last 10 champions were in the top six after the opening weekend, which potentially also rules out Liverpool and Tottenham.
Therefore, out of the big guns, it could be between Man Utd and Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho’s men drifting slightly to 23/10 to win the title following the impressiveness of Man City’s start.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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