De Bruyne heads PFA Player of the Year betting
MANCHESTER CITY are red-hot title favourites as they aim to defend the Premier League crown and their expected domination of the division can be shown in the opening weekend with Pep Guardiola's side supported into odds-on for a victory at Arsenal.
The evens disappeared as City's backers came out in force and Guardiola was happy to accept his team were seen as strong market leaders.
"Since nine years I live with that situation, it's no problem," said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
"Since nine years, every season - except the first when I arrived at Barcelona - we won the treble and, since then, we are the favourites."
Guardiola revealed Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, who both missed the 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley last week, would be available for selection for Sunday's trip to the Emirates.
De Bruyne heads the PFA Player of the Year betting at 8-1 with Betfred, Coral and Ladbrokes after his narrow miss last season to Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool flyer is 10-1 to retain the award from 12-1 shot Eden Hazard.
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said Hazard was "very happy to stay" with the 2017 champions, but would not confirm whether Kepa, the goalkeeper signed for a world-record fee from Athletic Bilbao, would make his debut at Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Blues have loaned out Kurt Zouma to Everton and Michy Batshuayi to Valencia, while Tiemoue Bakayoko is expected to also depart.
Newly-promoted Fulham's ambitious summer spending has seen them become the plunge side in the Premier League handicap. The Cottagers, who host Crystal Palace, are as short as 10-1 in receipt of as many as 45 points with bet365, Betway and Sky Bet.