We’re getting very close to the Manchester Derby – a game which is probably one of the most anticipated this season. At the beginning of the 2017/18 season, the Premier League Betfair odds indicated that both City and United would be competing for the Premier League title. However, the start of the season now means that the Betfair odds on the Premier League winners is now heavily favoured towards Manchester United. This should not come as a surprise to fans as City have made the best start to a Premier League season, leading the league with 8 points and winning 13 games in a row. Although Manchester City are flying, United have made an excellent start to the campaign with 11 wins, two draws and two defeats. In any other Premier League season the top of the league would be a lot tighter than the current 8 point gap between 1st and 2nd.
The main reason why the Manchester clubs are currently occupying the top two spots is due to the number of world-class players they have. Players such as Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Paul Pogba (Manchester United) are key players in their teams. However, these players come to the club with a hefty fee and, as a result, have led to both clubs having some of the most expensive squads in football. For those interested in the spending habits of both teams, this infographic highlights it.