Bookmakers pay out on Pep Guardiola's Man City winning Premier League titleby Jack Kitson / 11 December 2017, 10:53Tweet
Prior to Sunday’s Manchester Derby bookmakers Paddy Power made the decision to pay out on Man City winning the Premier League title. Then, in the aftermath of City’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, Betfred decided to follow suit.
Of course, the title is not yet won - it’s only early December - but a favourable run of fixtures at the tail end of 2017 means the Citizens will fancy their chances of extending their lead at the top before the year is out.
A single-season record of 14 league wins on the spin propelled Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering juggernauts a whopping 11 points clear at the summit of the table, leaving the distance chasing pack fighting it out for second spot.
The victory over United also meant that Guardiola has now accumulated 10 wins from 20 clashes against old foe Jose Mourinho, while he’s tallied seven points from three Premier League duels with the Portuguese coach.
In his debut campaign in England Guardiola came under-fire from some sections after City ended the season trophyless, and a sizeable 15 points adrift of champions Chelsea.
However, the Spaniard is now reaping the rewards from remaining loyal to his own philosophy - dazzling everyone with his breathtaking brand of football - and in the process he's swatted away any criticism of his methods.
He would never admit it publicly but in the back of Pep’s mind he’ll have set his sights on transforming Man City into the new ‘Invincibles’ - the Arsenal side from 2003/04 who famously went a 38-game league season unbeaten.
Going undefeated in England's top-flight is an extremely rare feat, and one that has only been achieved once in 25 Premier League seasons.
So far City have bagged a stunning 46 points from a possible 16 games, firing in 48 goals, with a +37 goal difference. If the club wins away to 19th-placed Swansea on Wednesday then they will set an outright Premier League record of 15 straight wins, and at 2/9 in the betting few are predicting a shock upset in Wales.