The rise of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this season means the identity of the top club in the north-west in 2013/14 may not represent that of the eventual Premier League winner for once.
With the Premier League title race being more unpredictable than a big cat waking up after sedation, one of Manchester City or Manchester United may not actually walk away with the title this year.
Of course, those who are bold enough to see past David Moyes’ tricky start at Old Trafford may balk at this market and plump straight for the 11/2 that they retain the title, compared to the 2/1 on offer that City steal their crown.
However, punters could do worse than grabbing the 21/10 on offer that United at least recover well enough to trump City in the final standings, even if that does not mean they are champions.
Liverpool’s impressive start has muddied the Premier League winner waters yet further, but in truth the fragility of their charge has already been exposed by Southampton and the possibility of Luis Suarez ‘doing one’ in January further harms their case.
For the Reds, 6/5 on a top four finish is the chance to take, while 5/1 on finishing above either City or United is still pipe-dream territory for this season at least.
And despite Everton’s plaudit-gathering early doors, only a mad man would take a slice of 66/1 that the Toffees could clamber above all three of their geographical Premier League powerhouse neighbours.
It could be that Manuel Pellegrini works his magic and Moyes is left to flounder, but 4/6 on City to remain above United come May is too questionable to make it attractive.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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