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City Moves 8 Points Clear of 2nd With 9th Straight Win

As a Tottenham supporter, it’s becoming a chore to write about Manchester City. The Citizens won again over the weekend, outclassing Arsenal at the Etihad, and they’ve moved to -700 in Premier League futures.

It’s unlikely that this run of form lasts all 38 games but right now, the Sky Blues are not only the best team in the EPL, they might be the best team in all of Europe with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all experiencing rare struggles.

City’s 3-1 win over the Gunners in which they had 58 percent possession of the ball kept them eight points clear of the perpetually second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and it’s starting to really look like this thing is all over but the crying.

Looking at their run of games leading up to the Manchester Derby on December 12, City could very conceivably tie the record for the longest winning streak in Premier League history and have a shot to break it on United’s hallowed ground – incredible.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City-700
Tottenham Hotspur+1400
Manchester United+1600
Chelsea+1800
Arsenal+6600
Liverpool+6600
Everton+50000
Newcastle United+50000
Leicester City+50000
Southampton+75000
West Ham United+75000
Watford+75000
West Bromwich Albion+75000
Stoke City+75000
Huddersfield Town+75000
Burnley+100000
Bournemouth+100000
Swansea City+150000
Brighton and Hove Albion+150000
Crystal Palace+200000

Odds as of November 8 at Bovada

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Another week, another emphatic thumping of a Premier League opponent for Manchester City. They throttled Stoke 7-2 at the Etihad for a sixth successive league victory and it’s beginning to look a lot like the Citizens might just run away with this title race.

With Man City now installed as -250 odds-on favorites at Bovada to win a third Premier League trophy, other clubs in England’s top flight are quickly losing their arthritic grip on Guardiola’s guys. They’ve outscored their opponents 26-4 during their six-match win streak and they’ve got two very winnable fixtures on the horizon – this is going to get worse before it gets better.

The brand of football currently being played by the Sky Blues is attractive, piercing and relentless. It would take a real pessimist not to enjoy the display being put on by the league-toppers right now and I’ve even heard Man U fans speak glowingly of their performance thus far.

It is still early, with 30 matches left to play, and it can be argued that they’ve had a fairly agreeable schedule but this is a damn good football club. They’re deep, skilled and they’re very well managed.  If this keeps up, City’s futures line will only keep decreasing in value and I’d recommend hopping on it as soon as possible.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City-250
Manchester United+350
Tottenham Hotspur+1200
Chelsea+1400
Arsenal+4000
Liverpool+4000
Everton+50000
Southampton+75000
West Ham United+75000
Newcastle United+75000
Watford+75000
West Bromwich Albion+75000
Stoke City+75000
Huddersfield Town+75000
Leicester City+100000
Burnley+100000
Bournemouth+100000
Swansea City+150000
Brighton+150000
Crystal Palace+200000

Odds as of October 17 at Bovada

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Five successive Premier League wins have affixed Manchester City atop the EPL futures board but it was their latest triumph over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that helped confirm that Guardiola’s guys are indeed the cream of the crop in England’s top flight.

Their systematic dismantling of the defending champions on the Blues’ home pitch moved City from -110 to -150 in league futures at online sportsbook Bovada and that line is going in only one direction with MCFC’s next three league matches coming against Stoke, Burnley and West Brom.

Beating Antonio Conte in London without Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany was a major statement and until we see Manchester United take on a club in the top four, City has to be considered the best team in Greater Manchester.

That being said, if Mourinho’s men can remain unbeaten in their next six matches that will see them go head-to-head with the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, their December 9 home fixture vs City could see them claim top spot on the table for themselves.

United has given us no reason to think they can’t compete with their crosstown rivals and their play without Paul Pogba has been incredibly encouraging.

With the more challenging match out of the international break, United could close the gap with City with a solid performance and three points when they travel to Merseyside for a battle with Liverpool.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City-150
Manchester United+275
Chelsea+800
Tottenham Hotspur+1400
Arsenal+2500
Liverpool+2800
Everton+50000
Leicester City+75000
Southampton+75000
West Ham United+75000
Newcastle+75000
Stoke+75000
Watford+75000
Burnley+75000
Bournemouth+100000
Swansea+100000
Huddersfield Town+100000
West Brom+100000
Brighton+100000
Crystal Palace+150000

Odds as of October 4 at Bovada

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The two clubs from Manchester keep winning and keep dominating the top of the Premier League futures board. Get used to it because through six matches, neither of these clubs look like they’ll be slowing down.

Manchester City tops the futures board at -110 while Manchester United comes in at +250 at online shop Bovada to win the league. Both clubs sit at 16 points with five wins and one draw and sport eye-popping goal differentials.

Pep Guardiola’s Citizens have made a mockery of the competition of late as they’ve won their last three matches by a combined scoreline of, brace yourselves, 16-0. The competition for Guardiola’s men ramps up a notch this week when they travel to London and face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Obviously the red half of Manchester has been no slouch either. Midfield dynamo Paul Pogba has been shelved for a while, but United hasn’t stopped rolling and is coming off a 1-0 win away to Southampton at the weekend. The Red Devils return to Old Trafford on Saturday to face a Crystal Palace side that is still goalless after 540 minutes of league play and is clearly on a fast track down to The Championship come season’s end.

Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal round out the top six and were all winners in Gameweek 6. It’s still early days but it looks like the 2017-18 title is going to reside in Manchester. Whether it will be Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho is seemingly all that is left to be determined.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City-110
Manchester United+250
Chelsea+550
Tottenham Hotspur+1400
Liverpool+2000
Arsenal+3300
Everton+25000
Leicester City+50000
Southampton+75000
West Ham United+75000
Huddersfield Town+75000
Newcastle+75000
Bournemouth+75000
Stoke+75000
Swansea+75000
Watford+75000
Burnley+100000
West Brom+100000
Brighton+100000
Crystal Palace+150000

Odds as of September 26 at Bovada

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A second consecutive walloping of a Premier League opponent has driven Manchester City’s futures market price into the depths of minus money, making them the clear-cut favorites at most sportsbooks across the internet.

The book I normally refer to for EPL futures (Bovada) has them at -110 but that number could be on the move after City handles a Crystal Palace side that’s still yet to score a league goal in five matches.

It’s tough to ignore how well the Cityzens have been playing – winning their last two games by an aggregate score of 10-0 – but it’s still so early in the season. Their crosstown rivals sit behind them on the oddsboard at +275 despite the two clubs’ level-pegging atop the table and while there’s no replacing Paul Pogba, United will make do without him while he heals up from a nasty hamstring injury.

Jose Mourinho has built a deep team in his short tenure at Old Trafford and he showed against Everton over the weekend just how well the Red Devils can play with Pogba on the sideline. It won’t be easy for City to separate in this race and the value on United makes them an attractive play if you’re in the camp that thinks Mourinho’s men keep it close.

In other news, Chelsea dropped points to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in a 0-0 draw and just doesn’t look like the same club that tore through England’s top flight a year ago. Expect them to improve in the attacking third when Eden Hazard returns to full fitness, though. The world-class attacking mid is still recovering from a knock to his ankle and has been used sparingly by Antonio Conte so far.

The Blues travel to Stoke this weekend on a fairly blah-looking slate of games that features no matchups between teams that finished in the top seven last season.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City-110
Manchester United+275
Chelsea+500
Tottenham Hotspur+1400
Liverpool+2200
Arsenal+2500
Everton+35000
Leicester City+50000
Southampton+75000
West Ham United+75000
West Brom+75000
Huddersfield Town+75000
Newcastle United+75000
Bournemouth+100000
Stoke City+100000
Swansea City+100000
Burnley+100000
Watford+100000
Crystal Palace+150000
Brighton and Hove Albion+150000

Odds as of September 18 at Bovada

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No changes at the top of the table in this week’s futures update as Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs retain the top four spots with minimal, if any, odds adjustments.

City absolutely throttled Liverpool 5-0 on Saturday thanks to braces from Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane and one goal from Sergio Aguero. The attack looked fantastic and when Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was shown a straight red after kicking Ederson in the jaw, it was game over. Still, if this is what is to come from City’s stars, the rest of the league should be trembling.

The red half of Manchester was left less impressed after a 2-2 draw with Stoke. United battled back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead only to have Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equalize in the 63rd minute with his second goal of the game. The Red Devils’ odds took a bit of a dip from +200 to now +275 at online book Bovada as they prep for a visit from Wayne Rooney and Everton on Sunday.

It’s another big week with huge matchups this week, including Watford vs Manchester City, Liverpool vs Burnley, Chelsea vs Arsenal and the aforementioned United vs Everton.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City+120
Manchester United+275
Chelsea+450
Tottenham Hotspur+1000
Liverpool+1400
Arsenal+2000
Everton+8000
Leicester City+25000
Southampton+50000
West Ham United+50000
West Brom+50000
Huddersfield Town+50000
Bournemouth+75000
Stoke City+75000
Swansea City+75000
Crystal Palace+100000
Newcastle United+100000
Burnley+100000
Watford+100000
Brighton and Hove Albion+150000

Odds as of September 12 at Bovada

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They weren’t able to nab a deciding goal in a home fixture against Southampton but with a 0-0 draw, Huddersfield Town remained unbeaten through three matches and can now be found behind only Manchester United and Liverpool for first place in the Premier League.

It’s easy to write off the Terriers’ momentous start as a fluke but this is a club with a lot of pride and history and it would be disingenuous to say they have no chance to compete at the top of the table all season long given what we witnessed from Leicester City not two years ago.

At +50000 to win the league over at Bovada, Huddersfield is still a long way off from Man United and Man City in the futures odds but after opening the campaign at +150000, David Wagner and the Terriers have already made a meteoric rise.

They’ll get West Ham when the Premier League resumes after the international break and if they go into London Stadium and pull out three points, we can start to have an earnest discussion about Huddersfield Town and their chances to claim first in a league they haven’t topped since 1926.

It’s a long shot but Wagner has this special aura that you don’t see too often and it feels like there’s some magic with this club.

Liverpool was the only significant mover after the weekend’s action as their four-to-nil dusting of Arsenal put them all the way up to +1000. The Reds went into the weekend at 18/1 but their performance at Anfield forced bookmakers to reassess. Jurgen Klopp’s club was one of the most inconsistent in the Prem a season ago and after a see-saw start to 2016-17, their identity doesn’t appear to have changed much.

The Manchesters held serve on the board, not moving much at all, but United put on another exhibition at Old Trafford on Sunday and they’re now the only team remaining that hasn’t dropped points.

Mourinho’s men have been the absolute class of the league so far, outscoring their opponents 10-0. They’ll have a chance for three more points when they tackle Stoke at Bet 365 Stadium a few days before the Champions League campaign kicks off.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City+130
Manchester United+200
Chelsea+450
Tottenham Hotspur+1000
Liverpool+1000
Arsenal+1800
Everton+8000
Leicester City+17500
Southampton+50000
West Ham United+50000
West Brom+50000
Huddersfield Town+50000
Bournemouth+75000
Stoke City+75000
Swansea City+75000
Crystal Palace+100000
Newcastle United+100000
Burnley+100000
Watford+100000
Brighton and Hove Albion+150000

Odds as of August 29 at Bovada

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A 4-0 win over a reeling Swansea side wasn’t enough to elevate Manchester United to the No. 1 spot in Premier League futures after a calamitous week for the other top clubs but it’s prompted the discussion that maybe they should be.

The latest round of odds from Bovada has the gap between the two halves of Manchester narrowing but City is still the favorite to take the title at +150 – thanks to some heroics from Raheem Sterling. If it weren’t for his late goal in City’s 1-1 draw with Everton at the Etihad, the chances are good that the Citizens would have conceded pole position.

Opening the season at +325 in EPL futures, United has quickly risen to +200 after showing very few weaknesses through two weeks of play. A matchup with Leicester City on Saturday could offer Mourinho’s men their first real test of the campaign but betting odds have the Red Devils heavily favored for the fixture at Old Trafford.

Down south in the capital, it was Chelsea getting its title defense back on track at Wembley in a 2-1 London Derby triumph over Tottenham. The Blues were heavily outplayed in most areas of the game but some big saves from Thibaut Courtois kept them in the match and a brace from Marcus Alonso sealed the result.

For Spurs, the loss advanced the plot on a couple of worrisome narratives: Harry Kane’s inability to score in August and Tottenham’s complete lack of quality inside the walls of Wembley. It’s still a small sample size and Spurs have always had trouble with Chelsea in the Prem but the trends are not good and their +1000 futures line reflects that.

It was a struggle for the other teams in the top six as well with Arsenal dropping a 1-0 result to Stoke at Bet 365 Stadium and Liverpool barely scraping by Crystal Palace at Anfield. The Reds’ line remains unchanged but the Gunners’ price was slashed down to +1600 following the upset.

Another emerging storyline is the early success of those Terriers of Huddersfield Town. The newly promoted club has six points in two matches and is yet to concede a goal. David Wagner and company will have another chance for three points this weekend when they host Southampton.

Could the Hudders be the second coming of Leicester City? Throw down some dough on their +75000 line and find out.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City+150
Manchester United+200
Chelsea+550
Tottenham Hotspur+1000
Liverpool+1400
Arsenal+1600
Everton+6600
Leicester City+20000
Southampton+25000
West Ham United+50000
West Brom+50000
Bournemouth+75000
Crystal Palace+75000
Newcastle United+75000
Stoke+75000
Swansea City+75000
Huddersfield Town+75000
Burnley+100000
Watford+100000
Brighton and Hove Albion+150000

Odds as of August 22 at Bovada

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Considering it’s been just one match week in the Premier League, we have already seen some interesting line adjustments in futures markets to win the league.

Manchester City retains the top spot on the futures board at online shop Bovada after its 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The Citizens entered the weekend as the +185 faves and have moved to +130. The level of competition steps up a notch next week as they host Everton on Monday, however.

Meanwhile, the red half of Manchester will be buzzing after United’s domination of West Ham on Sunday. Fueled by a brace from Romelu Lukaku, it was a stroll in the park for the Red Devils, who looked like the best club in the league with a 4-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday. United was +325 one week ago and is now second on the board at +275.

Heading in the opposite direction is, of course, Chelsea. The Blues couldn’t have had a worse start to their campaign, losing 3-2 to Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s men were being offered at +325 prior to the visit from the Clarets, but have plummeted all the way to +650 after the embarrassing display.

In the “This Has No Chance of Happening But Will Be a Fun Bet Anyway” department, Huddersfield Town can still be had at +150000. The Terriers put on one of the more impressive displays of the weekend with a 3-0 victory away to Crystal Palace as +380 moneyline dogs. At the very least, keep your eye on this club for upset spots week to week.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City+130
Manchester United+275
Chelsea+650
Tottenham Hotspur+800
Arsenal+900
Liverpool+1400
Everton+8000
Leicester City+20000
Southampton+25000
West Ham United+50000
West Brom+50000
Bournemouth+75000
Crystal Palace+75000
Newcastle+75000
Stoke+75000
Swansea City+75000
Burnley+100000
Watford+100000
Brighton and Hove Albion+150000
Huddersfield Town+150000

Odds as of August 14 at Bovada

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Another season of the Premier League is upon us and for the second straight year, it’s Manchester City that’s favored to take the title.

Not able to realize that lofty goal in 2016-17, the Citizens landed behind Chelsea and Tottenham in third place, earning just two points in matches against the other three top-four finishers – a massive disappointment given the expectations Pep Guardiola brought with him from Bayern Munich.

A transfer window that’s seen City spend over 100 million euros on new players, though, has stoked the fires of hype and Bovada has pegged the Sky Blues as the +185 favorites to win the league in Guardiola’s second year of tenure at the Etihad.

The incumbent champs didn’t do too poorly in the summer window themselves, adding Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to a cause that was already incredibly potent. Being offered at +325, Chelsea is an attractive option for bettors not quite sold on City’s bid.

Manchester United rounds out the top three on the oddsboard also at +325 after the outfit was able to lure Romelu Lukaku away from Everton. They may have lifted three “trophies” last season but the Red Devils are now four years removed from a league title, a drought during which they haven’t finished higher than fourth.

Enjoying an unbeaten streak that spanned 25 league matches, United lost just five fixtures all season and if they’d been able to pull out a few more three-point results, they could’ve challenged for a top-three finish. Lukaku will surely help them in that department and it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see the “Special One” Jose Mourinho lead another team on a title run.

As the odds imply, it’s going to be an arduous task for any of the clubs not yet named to get a sniff of the top three, let alone win the league.

Tottenham (+900) is a club on the rise but 2017-18 could be a forgettable season for last campaign’s runners-up. Forced to play their home fixtures at Wembley with construction of their new state-of-the-art venue not yet complete, Spurs are a bit displaced and this season feels like a wash.

Liverpool (+1100) and Arsenal (+1200) are the last of the contenders but, realistically, neither club has the talent to truly compete. This battle is between Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, and Jose Mourinho – everyone else is a bystander.

Premier League 2017-18: Outright Winner
TeamOdds
Manchester City+185
Chelsea+325
Manchester United+325
Tottenham Hotspur+900
Liverpool+1100
Arsenal+1200
Everton+10000
Leicester City+20000
Southampton+25000
West Ham United+25000
Bournemouth+50000
Crystal Palace+50000
Newcastle United+50000
Stoke City+50000
West Bromwich Albion+50000
Swansea City+75000
Burnley+100000
Watford+100000
Brighton and Hove Albion+150000
Huddersfield Town+150000

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

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