Manchester United are not much of a price at 1/11 to win the Premier League, but through taking advantage of the divisional handicap betting market, punters can back them at 23/20 for something that they are arguably equally as certain to achieve.
The divisional handicap market is made up from the addition of two separate points totals – a club’s actual total in the Premier League standings alongside a handicap they were allocated prior to the start of the season.
For example, Manchester City started on scratch because they won the Premier League last season, while Southampton were given the biggest headstart of 44 points, with all the other 18 clubs given a total somewhere in between.
Based on this, Manchester City stick on their current tally of 53 points, while Southampton add 44 points to their league total of 24 to sit on 68.
It is Swansea that currently head the divisional handicap table with a combined 76 points, with Man Utd back in eighth on 64, obviously leaving them 12 points to make up over the remaining 13 games.
Looking back at the opening 13 games of the season, Man Utd accrued 13 more points than Swansea and there is every reason to believe that the Swans will falter slightly over the final three months of the season, particularly with a Capital One Cup final to focus on.
This is the time of the season where Man Utd tend to get stronger if anything and all of the clubs above them in the divisional handicap table are currently loitering around mid-table.
There is literally no chance in any of them matching the Red Devils for points over the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, all of their challengers for the actual title who could match them for points in the coming months are seemingly too far adrift in the divisional handicap offering.
Man City and Arsenal have 11 points to make up, while Chelsea have 13.
Tottenham are realistically the only club within striking distance and it is still unlikely that they will register four more points than Sir Alex Ferguson’s men over the final 13 fixtures.
Man Utd look virtually unbeatable in this market and so a price of 23/20 has to be snapped up immediately.
Here is the current divisional handicap table, showing a team’s current points first, followed by their handicap to give a total tally when added together.
Swansea 34 + 42 = 76
West Brom 34 + 38 = 72
West Ham 30 + 42 = 72
Norwich 28 + 42 = 70
Southampton 24 + 44 = 68
Stoke 30 + 37 = 67
Everton 42+ 24 = 66
Man Utd 62 + 2 = 64
Reading 23 + 40 = 63
Wigan 21 + 42 = 63
Fulham 28 + 34 = 62
Sunderland 29 + 32 = 61
Tottenham 45 +15 = 60
QPR 17 + 37 = 54
Man City 53 + 0 = 53
Arsenal 41 + 12 = 53
Liverpool 36 + 17 = 53
Chelsea 46 + 5 = 51
Aston Villa 21 + 30 = 51
Newcastle 27 + 20 = 47
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date