The odds on Man Utd winning the Premier League title have been slashed to just 5/1 with some bookies after they beat Aston Villa 2-1. The Red Devils are now level on points with league leaders Liverpool, who have drawn their last two games.
Man Utd are now unbeaten in 11 league matches, with nine wins and two draws in that time. They are the form team in the Premier League, with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and David De Gea all putting in impressive performances on a regular basis.
A few weeks ago, Man Utd were priced at 18/1 to win the title. The best price you can now find is 6/1 at William Hill, Paddy Power and Betfair, although many bookmakers have slashed their odds to just 5/1.
Champions Liverpool remain the favourites at 6/4 with 888 Sport and Unibet, despite suffering several injury problems and drawing with Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle in recent weeks. Man City, who would move one point behind Liverpool and Man Utd if they were to win their two games in hand, are second favourites at 15/8 with Betway.
Tottenham have drifted out to 14/1 with Bet365, despite returning to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Leeds yesterday. Chelsea are now priced at 25/1 with most betting sites following a disastrous run of form. Leicester are 50/1.
Less than three weeks ago, Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked. His team had crashed out of the Champions League and some fans were baying for blood. Now he has drifted out to 40/1 in that market.
Ten days ago, Mikel Arteta was the favourite after presiding over a miserable run of results at Arsenal. Yet Arteta is now back out at 12/1 with some bookies after leading the Gunners to consecutive victories over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom, highlighting the fickle nature of Premier League management.
The new outright favourite is Sheff Utd’s Chris Wilder. The Blades have taken just two points from 17 games, which is the worst start to a season in the history of the top flight. The club has backed Wilder, but he is now 11/8 with Paddy Power and Betfair to be axed.
Graham Potter and Roy Hodgson are in the mix, but the second favourite is now Frank Lampard, who has been cut to 4/1 at some sites, although Paddy Power still has 11/2 on him. Chelsea have just one win in five games, and Lampard is feeling the heat.
West Brom made Slaven Bilic the first casualty of the season, and parachuted Sam Allardyce in to save the day. They have since taken just one point from four games, and they are reeling after losing 5-0 to Leeds and 4-0 to Arsenal, so Allardyce has been cut to 14/1 to be swiftly sacked.
The January transfer window is open and it will be interesting to see where Spain striker Diego Costa ends up. The former Chelsea forward had his Atletico Madrid contract cancelled for “personal reasons” and he is now a free agent.
Wolves have emerged as the favourites to snap him up. They have signed several players represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes in recent years, and he is also Costa’s agent. Wolves badly need reinforcements in attack after star striker Raul Jimenez was sidelined with a fractured skull. Wolves are 6/5 with Paddy Power and Betfair to sign Costa.
The forward was born in Brazil, and you can find 5/1 on him signing for any Brazilian club. He is 6/1 to sign for a Chinese club, 7/1 to move to Everton, 8/1 to go to Arsenal, 10/1 to go to Spurs, 20/1 to move to West Ham or Inter and 33/1 to return to Chelsea. Costa cannot sign for a Spanish rival to Atletico Madrid due to a clause in the deal that saw his contract cancelled.