Bookmakers now make Manchester City 1/2 shots (generally) to win the Premier League title, following a dream weekend in which Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all lost, while they maintained their 100% start to the season.
Available at best odds of 3/1 before the season started, Manuel Pellegrini has just added £52 million Kevin De Bruyne to a squad that recorded their 10th league win in succession on Saturday and has yet to concede in their four wins this campaign.
Chelsea, who started the season as favourites at best odds of 15/8, have collected just 4 points from 4 games so far this season and are now available at 6/1 with both Sky Bet and Paddy Power, the same price as Arsenal who are 6/1 with Bet365.
Arsenal beat Newcastle on Saturday, courtesy of an own goal, but Arsene Wenger’s players (who also benefited from an own goal at Crystal Palace) have actually scored just one goal themselves so far this season, from Olivier Giroud.
Meanwhile, Manchester United lost further ground on their ‘noisy neighbours’ after losing at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday and have been eased to 16/1 with Betfred.
Liverpool sit on the same amount of points (7) as both Arsenal and United, but can now be backed at best odds of 50/1 with Bet365 (28/1 pre-season). All three sides actually have more points after four games this season than they did last year.
By contrast, Chelsea started last season with four wins, scoring 15 goals, and were already 5 points clear of City. They are now 8 points behind the leaders (the same amount of points they finished ahead of them last season).
It is certainly noteworthy that Chelsea are threatening to suffer the same slump endured the previous time they won the Premier League (2009/10) when they won the title with 86 points but could only muster 71 points the following season.
Indeed, all recent champions have endured a dip in fortunes the following season – City fell from 86 points to 79 last season, while United plummeted from 89 points to 64 the season before and City from 89 points to 78 the season prior to that.