Although hotly tipped for the Premier League title after their scintillating start to the season, Manchester United remain behind their neighbours in the eyes of the bookmakers.
With three wins, 10 goals and three clean sheets to their name, the Red Devils are priced at 9/4 (3.25) with dabblebet to end the season as champions for the first time since 2013.
Although two points adrift of their rivals following their late win over Bournemouth, Manchester City head into the international break as 6/4 (2.50) favourites to lift the title.
However, Pep Guardiola will know better than most not to take anything for granted at this stage of the season, having started his tenure with six consecutive league wins before going on to finish in third last campaign.
Nevertheless, given how quickly his key summer signings have settled in to the team, the chances seem strong of Jose Mourinho maintaining his habit of claiming a league trophy in his second season at a club.
With the price only set to narrow the longer they continue in current form, now could be the time to back United to end the season top of the pile.
While their defence has not started as poorly as it did last time out under Mourinho, Chelsea are priced at a lengthier 11/2 (6.50) to retain their title following a slightly tumultuous summer.
Antonio Conte’s endured a less than satisfying transfer window and fell to a shock home defeat by Burnley on opening day, although their recovery since suggests they will not be letting go of the trophy without a fight.
Although electric in a 4-0 win over Arsenal, the defending in their 3-3 draw at Watford underlines why Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are considered 10/1 (11.00) long shot to emerge as Premier League champions this year.
That thrashing at Anfield does not inspire any confidence of Arsenal upsetting their own 14/1 (15.00) odds for the title, while neighbours Tottenham will have to overcome their Wembley hoodoo if they are to force bookies to pay out on their 12/1 (13.00) price.