Fresh from their late win over Chelsea, United have shot to the top of the betting tree. The bookies believe just two other clubs can challenge them for the Premier League crown
|By PAUL GOUGH
Manchester United are the new favourites to win the 2012-13 English Premier League title following their thrilling 3-2 win away to title rivals Chelsea on Sunday.
The Red Devils moved to within a point of previously unbeaten league leaders Chelsea with the win, after the Blues had recovered from going 2-0 down to get back to 2-2.
But United scored the winner in the 75th minute despite Javier Hernandez appearing to be in an offside position.
And this after Chelsea had been reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, leaving Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo to claim afterwards that the refereeing had cost his side victory.
However, the punters have been quick to react, with United replacing local rivals Manchester City as title favourites this season despite City also drawing to within a point of Chelsea following their 1-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.
Prior to Sunday's big Chelsea-Man United clash, City had been the title favourites at Betfair at $2.76 with United at $3.30 and Chelsea at $3.70.
However, after their first win at Stamford Bridge since 2002, United have firmed into $2.80 while City are out to $3 and Chelsea $3.95 in what is essentially a race in three, with Arsenal next in betting at $28.
|Manchester United to win the EPL title at $2.76 at Betfair
||Manchester City to win the EPL title at $3 at Betfair|
Manchester City, who last season claimed their first English top division title for 44 years, had been favourites to successfully defend their title all season, having been as short as $2.22.
But despite being the only unbeaten team after nine rounds of the marathon 38-round season, City are now out to $3 and are becoming genuine value to win the title this season.
United, runners-up last season on goal difference to City but winners of 12 of the past 20 EPL titles overall, have firmed from as much as $3.80 in title betting.
Chelsea finished a distant sixth last season despite winning the European Champions League and FA Cup, but the 2005, 2006 and 2010 English champions had firmed from $7.40 to $3.70 to win the title following their great start to the season.
The big three are all better value in title betting at Betfair than elsewhere.
At TAB Sportsbet, United are now the $2.60 title favourites ahead of City at $2.75 and Chelsea at $3.75, while at sportsbet.com.au it is United at $2.75, City at $2.88 and Chelsea at $3.75 with Arsenal next best at $19.
*Note prices subject to change