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Wins for David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini's respective teams have seen their odds of taking out the EPL title shorten, prompting Paul Gough to examine the market for value

The balance has well and truly swung back in favour of Manchester in the early battle for this year's English Premier League title after London giants Arsenal and Tottenham both surprisingly dropped points on Sunday.

After defending champions Manchester United and 2012 champions Manchester City got their stuttering starts to the season back on track on Saturday with wins over Sunderland and Everton respectively, Arsenal could only draw at West Brom on Sunday while Spurs were surprisingly thrashed at home by injury-hit West Ham.

After seven rounds Arsenal still lead the table with 16 points but only on goal difference from Liverpool, who are searching for their first title since 1990 and look to have improved significantly at the start of Brendan Rodgers' second season in charge.

Chelsea, who did well to win a danger game 3-1 at Norwich on Sunday, are third on 14 points followed by surprise packets Southampton, also on 14 points, while City sits fifth on 13 points - ahead of Spurs on goal difference.

United, which had made their worst start to a season since 1989 in former Everton manager David Moyes' first year in charge, rose from 12th to ninth after coming from behind on Saturday to beat bottom side Sunderland 2-1.


Back Manchester City to win the title at $3.25 with bet365

Back Stoke to be relegated at odds of $4.50 at bet365

And the bookies have been quick to react to the weekend's surprising results.

City remain steady as the $3.25 title favourites at bet365 but Chelsea have firmed from $4 into $3.60 and are now the clear second favourites after winning at Norwich.

Arsenal, without a major trophy since 2005, eased from $5 to $5.50 after drawing at West Brom, while United firmed from $7.50 into $7 and Liverpool from $10 into $8.50 in what is shaping as the most even title race in years.

Tottenham were the big losers from the weekend - easing from $9 to $15 in title betting at bet365 - while the only other two teams in realistic contention are Everton - $81 out to $126 - after suffering their first loss of the season at Manchester City while surprise packets Southampton have firmed from $751 into $501 to win their first top flight English title.

At the other end of the table Crystal Palace - with just three points from seven games - and Sunderland - with just one point - are already odds-on to be relegated this season but the third relegation spot is wide open with every other club having picked up at least seven points so far.

Palace firmed from $1.22 into $1.14 to be relegated at bet365 after losing to Liverpool on Saturday while Sunderland were $1.90 into $1.80 after losing to Man U.

However the other spot is wide open, with newly promoted Cardiff now at $3.25 to be the other team to go down with bet365 - after losing at home to Newcastle - while Hull are paying $3.40, Norwich $3.75 and Fulham $4.33 while Stoke look good value at $4.50.

*Note prices subject to change

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