It’s being touted as the biggest game of the season so far, with Manchester City attempting to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A win for the home side would put Jose Mourinho’s men eight points clear at the top – a lead which may well be unassailable bar a major meltdown of Kerry Katona proportions in the capital. Everyone has an opinion on which way the game is going to go, but we’ve cracked open Paddy’s book to see if punters are putting their money where there mouths are – and which punters, from Manchester and London, are more loyal with their cash.
Manchester is sky blue
We decided to dig out all the Premier League outright bets on Manchester City and Chelsea that were placed in Manchester – and see what proportion went to each side. Unsurprisingly Manchester City were a more popular team to back, but with 84 per cent going for City (compared to 16 per cent going for Chelsea) the numbers are far greater than we anticipated. Taking into account that Chelsea were the title favourites, and a significant portion of punters in Manchester are supporting the red half of the city, this 84 per cent is a juicy number.
Maybe punters were looking for more value for their bet, or maybe pessimistic United fans decided that seeing Jose Mourinho lift the title would be even worse than seeing Manchester City win it again. Either way the north of the country seemed far more loyal to each other than they were down south.
The capital divided
It’s a different story in London however. Taking all the punters who backed Manchester City or Chelsea outright for the league title, just 63 per cent sided for Chelsea. That means well over a third of people in the capital are siding with Manuel Pellegrini’s team rather than a side from London. Admittedly in the heart of the country, Arsenal, Tottenham and very optimistic West Ham fans are more likely to skew the numbers slightly, but the figures showing that 37 per cent would rather a team from the north win the Premier League, point to a capital divided.
So where is your cash going on Saturday evening? Chelsea are Evens to continue their dominance at Stamford Bridge, while Manchester City are 11/4 to upset the odds, and the draw is a 12/5 punt. Are you loyal enough to back your own city? As a neutral who do you fancy to come out on top? Or are you committing the football fans greatest sin, and backing against your own team?
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