Although not too much should be made of pre-season results, the failures of David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini to kick off their respective tenures with victories have resulted in Chelsea becoming the lone favourites to win the Premier League.
Chelsea now stand alone at the top of the Premier League betting at 2/1, with Jose Mourinho expected to return and add to the two titles he brought to Stamford Bridge in his previous spell in charge.
Man Utd, with a strong team that included Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Rafael, fell to a 1-0 defeat against the Singha All Stars in Moyes’ first appearance as boss.
Meanwhile, Man City’s result was even worse in South Africa under Pellegrini when losing 2-0 to Supersport United, with Yaya Toure, James Milner, Jack Rodwell and Matija Nastasic all on the field during the period when the goals were conceded.
Chelsea are yet to play their first friendly under Mourinho, but this is upcoming against the Singha All Stars, which will offer a reasonable gauge into where they are in their preparations ahead of the new season.
Mourinho remains confident of more trophies and has indicated that he has not prioritised one piece of silverware over any other, stating that the next game will be the important one.
Man Utd and Man City are both 11/5 to win the Premier League and the former’s lack of transfer activity, especially in terms of bolstering their midfield options, could be a reason for their slight drift in price.
Man City are in a similar boat in terms of bringing in another striker, as Mario Balotelli was not replaced last season and Carlos Tevez has already moved on in the current campaign.
Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic remain among those linked with the Etihad.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.