While the champions have made a sluggish start, the same cannot be said about Manchester City who are the champions-elect if you go by Betway’s 4/9 quote for the league.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men were hugely disappointing last campaign.
However, they’ve fired out of the starting blocks, winning four out of four and still yet to concede.
That is some achievement, especially as they’ve already faced Chelsea and travelled to Goodison Park.
A tough test awaits tomorrow. They go to Selhurst Park, where they lost 2-1 last season, to face a rejuvenated Crystal Palace side who sit second in the table behind City.
Alan Pardew has worked wonders at his old club and they will be full of confidence after inflicting just the second home league defeat of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea career a fortnight ago.
The Eagles were beaten by Arsenal at home in the second week, but they were excellent at Stamford Bridge and they’ll certainly give the leaders a game.
Betway offer 8/13 for a City win, which just looks too short for me.
Coming back from an international break is never easy for the bigger teams, while Pellegrini is likely to have one eye on Tuesday’s big Champions League tie against Juventus.
City have been very disappointing in Europe’s premier competition over the past few seasons and that will be a big area of focus for the Chilean.
I think that Palace can take something from this and will be backing them at 11/8 with Sportingbet with a one goal start.
Spread bettors might be tempted to sell City’s supremacy at 0.9, but I’m going to go with a sell of total goals at 3 with Sporting Index, as both teams could be a little rusty after the break.
Crystal Palace +1 goal 11/8 (Sportingbet)
Sell total goals 3 (Sporting Index)
City A.M. Reporter