There are still three unbeaten teams in the Premier League after 12 matches, but the bookmakers believe Manchester City are by far the most likely side to finish top of the table this season.
Having seen such a dominant title charge last season the odds compilers were taking few chances with the Citizens this time around, making them around 4/6 (1.67) to win the division before a ball was kicked.
The current quotes of 1/4 (1.25) mean the bookmakers believe there is now an 80 per cent change of Pep Guardiola's men defending their domestic crown. That, despite the fact that there are only four points separating the top three teams, all of whom are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League.
As well as being ahead on the points front, City's emphatic goal difference of +31 also sees them at a distinct advantage over their title rivals. After just a dozen top-flight games the holders already boast a 12-goal lead over any other side in the division.
While the market suggests there will be no need to take that metric into account, it has to be kept in mind when considering the prices available.
bet365 offer 11/8 (2.38) that Guardiola's side break their own top-flight goal tally of 106 which they achieved en route to the title last season.
Manchester United have drifted to 200/1 (201.0) having lost a fourth game of the campaign already. It's the first time that the club have tasted defeat this many times in their opening 12 games since 1990-91 and you have to go back to 1977-78 to find the last time United had a negative goal difference at this stage.