The Premier League is underway and already the two Manchester clubs, City and United, are the current favourites to win the 2017/18 title, despite reigning champions Chelsea turning in a strong performance against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, on Sunday, earning a maiden three points for the season.
Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils currently occupy top spot, having earned three points with two emphatic 4-0 victories over West Ham United and Swansea City. Having scored eight, and conceded none, the Old Trafford outfit appear to have shaken their inability to convert chances, which cost them dearly throughout the 2016/17 campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, meanwhile, started the campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, during which they dedicated proceedings, despite the Seagulls setting up with 11 men behind the ball, before playing out a 1-1 draw with Ronald Koeman’s Everton side in front of the Monday Night Football cameras.
Elsewhere, Huddersfield Town have enjoyed an excellent start to life in the top flight, following successful encounters with Crystal Palace and Newcastle United. David Wagner’s side have really taken to the Premier League, and could prove to be the surprise package of the 2017/18 campaign.
Nonetheless, in spite of their positive early season form, Huddersfield find themselves among the bookmakers favourites for relegation this season, alongside fellow promoted sides Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion are also sitting pretty with six points, thanks to impressive early wins against Bournemouth and Burnley. Meanwhile, Watford and Liverpool chase the leading pack with four points each. The aforementioned pair held each other to a 3-3 draw on the opening weekend.
We are only two games into the new Premier League season and yet we have already been treated to a number of pulsating fixtures. A number of teams are showing positive form early on, but the English top flight is a marathon, not a sprint. With an exemplary record to date, Manchester United appear the early favourites with all the sportsbooks for the title, but a huge amount can change over the coming eight months.