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Back Manchester United for Premier League title before Chelsea clash

By Robert Fenton

It didn't take long for the obvious to emerge after the opening games in the Premier League. Easy victories for Man United, Chelsea and Man City confirms the title will not be going anywhere outside that trio.

City destroyed a woeful Newcastle United 4-0 and layers have been quick to cut their odds on regaining the crown from 9/4 to 7/4.

It was a great start for new boss Manuel Pellegrini but there's a long way to go.

Chelsea enjoyed their 'love-in' with the return of Jose Mourinho and their 2-0 victory over Hull City could have been a lot more.

On the other hand, the best result by the trio was United's 4-1 win at Swansea. Not many teams will travel to the Liberty Stadium and enjoy such success and for that reason it's head-scratching to see David Moyes' Red Devils pushed out to 3/1 to hold on to the trophy.

That's simply too big a price and has to be taken even though I fancy Chelsea (11/5) to be champions.

United won't lose too many, if any, at Old Trafford and if they overcome the Londoners on Monday night then 3/1 will not be seen again.

Those who fancy the trophy staying in Manchester can have 8/15 but combining United and Chelsea before next week's clash, works out at 6/10.

As for the Magpies, they were fortunate to avoid the drop last season and are likely to struggle again after that initial poor exhibition which has seen them reduced to 4/1 for relegation.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew won't be given much time to turn things around and he's already 4/7 not to be at the club on the last day of the season.

To win title: 7/4 Man City; 11/5 Chelsea; 3/1 Man Utd; 16/1 Arsenal; 25/1 Liverpool, Spurs; 300/1 bar. Relegation: 4/9 Palace; 4/7 Hull; 11/8 Cardiff; 5/2 Stoke; 7/2 Norwich; 4/1 Newcastle, Sunderland; 7/1 bar.

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