The game of the weekend in England came on Saturday lunchtime at White Hart Lane, where Chelsea came from behind to beat Tottenham 4-2 courtesy of a masterclass in attacking play by their triumverate of silky stars: Oscar, Hazard and Mata. The latter was instrumental in his team's fluid display, scoring twice and providing the seamless link between midfield and attack. Roberto Di Matteo's Blues side go from strength to strength having opened up a four-point gap at the top. The European Champions remain third favourites for the title, though, at ever-appetising odds of 3.35.
That four-point lead is being chased by the two Manchester clubs, who each recorded victories this weekend, but in very different circumstances. City lost James Milner to a first half red card and had to fight back from a goal down at West Brom. The 10 men were eventually rescued by a late brace from substitue Edin Dzeko. The reigning champs were far from vintage at The Hawthorns, but will take heart from salvaging three points from the jaws of defeat. Roberto Mancini's troops remain favourites to retain their championship at odds of 2.60.
United, meanwhile, were rather more convincing in beating Stoke 4-2 at home and are second favourites to lift the trophy come what may at 3.00. Wayne Rooney scored an imperfect hat-trick (one in the wrong end) while Robin Van Persie went joint top of the Premier League golden boot charts. He leads the running with six strikes so far this term, and rightly stands as favourite at 3.50. Fernando Torres, who drew a blank at Spurs, has four goals to date and is second favourite in the market at 8.00.
With his Missus on the brink of labour, Lionel Messi risked missing the birth of his first child by taking to the pitch away at Deportivo La Coruna. But Barca coach Tito Vilanova will be relieved he did after the diminutive Argentine struck a hat-trick in an epic 5-4 win that consolidates his position at the top of the scoring charts - with 11 goals already - and his team's position at the top of La Liga. Messi is now a 1.60 shot to win the Pichichi, while Barca are short odds of 1.25 to regain the title they surrendered to Real Madrid last term.
Madrid are up to fourth after an uninspiring 2-0 win over Celta Vigo. Cristiano Ronaldo notched his eighth of the season in the process, and the Portuguese is second favourite for the Pichichi at 2.60. Los Blancos are eight point behind Barca already and are out at 4.00 to retain their title.
Real's city rivals Atletico went joint top with Barca on 22 points thanks to a stunning stoppage time free-kick by in-form hitman Falcao. The Colombian star is also on eight La Liga goals and could be a shrewd bet at 6.00 to trump Ronaldo and Messi. Free-flowing Atletico have started the campaign tremendously, and while they're not expected to sustain a title challenge, their odds of 20.00 at this stage are generous.
Bayern Munich's spotless start to the Bundesliga season continued with aplomb this weekend as they whacked five past Dusseldorf without reply. They have now won eight out of eight domestic games, scoring 26 and conceding just two in the process.
Bayern are 3.00 favourites having gone five points clear of second-placed Eintract Frankfurt, while last year's champions Dortmund have just half the points tally of their rivals and are languishing back in fourth position at odds of 4.00 to repeat the success of last term.
Dortmund lost at home to Schalke on Saturday; a Robert Lewandowski strike was superseeded by two first half efforts from the visitors. That goal was only Lewandowski's third of the campaign, while Mario Mandzukic of Bayern tops the charts with seven already.
Juventus are the early pace-setters in Italy, and the Old Lady continued their run of form with a 2-0 win in the top of the table clash with rivals Napoli, who are now down to second. Juve struck twice in the final 10 minutes, most notably through ex Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba.
The table toppers have now not lost in the league for 47 games and stand at 1.40 to retain their title. Napoli are 6.00 to mount a succesful comeback, which is fair value given that they're only three points behind a this stage.
Elsewhere in Italy, Inter and Lazio sit on 18 points each in third and fourth after respective wins over Catania and AC Milan. Four points separate the top four, which mean Inter at 7.00 and Lazio out at 20.00 for the Scudetto provide decent value right now.