We are seven games into the Premier League season, and right now, both Manchester clubs sit proudly at the top of the league. Both Manchester City and Manchester United have started the season in great form and they have almost identical records so far, with a single goal scored by Manchester City the only difference between them.
Looking at the current table, the Manchester clubs have quickly bought themselves a five-point advantage over third-placed Tottenham, With Chelsea and Arsenal sitting a further point back in fourth and fifth respectively.
It is too early to discount anyone from the league title race, but the signs coming from Manchester are looking ominous. Both teams have been fantastic so far, and the most striking thing about their performances has been how good they have played at both ends of the field. Manchester City are known for their attacking force, but have conceded just two goals from seven games this season. In contrast, Manchester United struggled for goals last season, but they have found the net 21 times in their first seven games.
The latest Premier League betting has Manchester City 4/6 favourites to win the league, with Manchester United second-favourites. Already there is a big gap to the chasing pack in the betting, and those clubs are going to have to return from the international break in top form if they are to make headway.
Not only have the Manchester clubs shown top form so far this season, but each of their rivals have disappointed at times. Tottenham would be a lot closer if they could find a way to win in the league at their temporary home of Wembley. A loss to Chelsea and draws against Burnley and Swansea have been the undoing of Tottenham so far, and that is something they have to put right quickly.
Chelsea have struggled when facing their rivals so far this season, drawing at home to Arsenal and losing at home to Manchester City. Those games will be key in the long run and history proves you cannot win the Premier League without a winning record against your closest rivals. Just like Tottenham, Chelsea need to quickly put their problems right if they are to challenge this season.
Arsenal have struggled for consistency this season, and they are another team who need to sort their problems out quickly. Having scored eleven goals and conceded eight, they really need to improve at both ends of the pitch, and do it quickly, before it is too late.
It is very early to be talking about the Premier League title being a two-horse race, although with the way things have started, it certainly looks like it could be. The three chasers need to improve their form quickly if they are to catch either of the Manchester teams, who have set a blistering pace so far. Both Manchester United and Manchester City are looking difficult to beat and if it does come down to those two. The fight between them for the title is one that the whole footballing world will want to watch.