We take a look at the early odds for the next round of Premiership fixtures and look for value in the futures markets.
<h2>Weekend Recap</h2><p>Man City subjected Chelsea to their heaviest defeat in 28 years to reclaim top spot in the Premier League table. It finished 6-0 to Pep Guardiola’s men and the scoreline could have been even heavier, such was their dominance. They are now level on points with Liverpool, who secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bournemouth, but they have a vastly superior goal difference. However, Liverpool have a game in hand, so the Reds’ destiny is in their own hands. Next up they face Man Utd, who made it 10 wins out of 11 for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they swatted aside Fulham. The Red Devils are now fourth in the table, while Arsenal beat Huddersfield 2-1 to leapfrog Chelsea into fifth. Spurs held onto third place by beating Leicester 3-1, and they continue to impress in the absence of Harry Kane and Dele Alli. At the other end of the table, Cardiff secured a huge win over Southampton to climb above Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men and out of the relegation zone. Brighton are now in trouble after a 3-0 defeat to a resurgent Burnley, making it just one win in 11 for the Seagulls. Crystal Palace and West Ham played out a 1-1 draw and they should both be good for mid-table finishes, while Watford can dream of seizing a European place after beating Everton.</p><p> </p><h2>Early Odds for Next Games</h2><p>Fans now have to wait almost two weeks for the next round of fixtures, as the FA Cup takes centre stage next week. The big game is <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/premier-league/liverpool-fc-vs-manchester-united-3507128/" target="_blank">Man Utd v Liverpool</a> and the Red Devils will be keen to dent their fierce rivals’ title charge. Liverpool are the narrow favourites, priced at 6/4 with Betway and Bet Victor, but Man Utd look an attractive bet at 19/10 with <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b">William Hill</a> and 199/100 with Marathon Bet as they are in sensational form. West Ham are best priced at 19/20 to beat struggling West Ham on the Friday night, while you can find 35/25 on Watford to win away at Cardiff and 4/6 at Marathon Bet on Spurs to beat Burnley at Turf Moor. Wolves are 17/10 with William Hill and Betfred to beat Bournemouth on the road. Betfair and Paddy Power have a tempting 23/10 on a draw between Leicester and Crystal Palace, while Arsenal are best priced at 1/2 to beat Southampton at The Emirates.</p><p> </p><h2>Movers and Shakers</h2><p> </p><p>Man Utd and Liverpool both have some huge fixtures before they meet at Old Trafford in a fortnight. The Red Devils face PSG in the Champions League and Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup, while Liverpool are up against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Those results are sure to affect the prices available on their game against one another. If you feel like your preferred team will thrive between now and then, back them sooner rather than later. Elsewhere you would not expect too much movement in the lines, unless Spurs get a strong result against Dortmund in their Champions League tie, or a team suffers an injury to a key player.</p><p> </p><h2>Futures Update</h2><p> </p><p>Man City are now the odds-on favourites to win the Premiership title after eviscerating Chelsea on Sunday. They are bidding to become the first team since Man Utd a decade ago to successfully defend the Premiership crown, and the bookmakers now reckon they can pull it off. They are 8/11 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank">Betway</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank">Betfred</a> and Sky Bet, while Liverpool have been pushed out to 5/4 with Ladbrokes and Coral and Tottenham are 20/1 outsiders. Man Utd now look a great bet at even money with Bet365 and various others to finish in the top four. Struggling Chelsea have gone out to 5/4, and that looks very unattractive, while Arsenal (31/10 with 10Bet) might still have a chance. Cardiff are out of the drop zone, but they are odds-on to join Huddersfield and Fulham in suffering relegation. They are best priced at 10/11 with William Hill and 888 Sport, while in-form Burnley have gone out to 4/1. Another option might be Brighton at 10/1 with Sky Bet as they are in really poor form. Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick against Chelsea saw him move level with Liverpool’s at the top of goal scoring charts and he is now the 11/8 favourite with William Hill, Bet365 and a few others to win the Golden Boot. If he stays fit, he should pull it off, but that is a big if. Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri is now the 2/1 favourite with Betway to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post and that looks tempting as owner Roman Abramovich has an itchy trigger finger and he will be embarrassed by his club’s recent form.</p>