Manchester City will be bidding to win the Premier League title for the third straight season. Only Manchester United have achieved that in the past but it’s hard to back aganst City doing that this sason. They will again face a challenge from Liverpool. However, can the rest of the league close the massive gap there was last term?

2018/19 Season

Manchester City had a tough act to follow last season. The 2017/18 season had seen them win the title by 19 points with exactly 100 points. Last season they managed to total 98 points but still only won the Premier League by a single point from Liverpool. For the second season in a row, City won 32 league games and scored 95 goals. They achieved the domestic treble. something no men’s side had previously achieved in England. It’s 17/1 (18.0) at Paddy Power that they repeat that this season. Yet you feel they will still be disappointed with only reaching the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Transfer Activity

City have lost Vincent Kompany and are struggling to keep hold of Leroy Sane who looks on his way to Bayern Munich. They have already made one major signing with the arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid for £62.5m. Also arriving at the Etihad has been the return of young defender Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.

Problem Areas

It’s not the easiest of tasks working out what problem areas Manchester City have. When a team has totalled 198 points in the past two seasons and scored 195 goals, they’re doing pretty well thank you very much. You can get 4/9 (1.44) at William Hill on them being top scorers in this new Premier League season. Can they maintain this incredible standard though?

The loss of Vincent Kompany will be a blow for them. They only conceded 23 Premier League goals last season. There has been talk of them signing Harry Maguire, but he looks to be going to Old Trafford rather than the Etihad. They still look to have plenty of depth in defence but another signing may well be on the cards before the transfer window closes.

City lost three away league games last season, despite only conceding 11 goals. That was two more than in the previous season. They still managed to score the most away goals and concede the least but secured six less points than the previous term.

Their main problem isn’t in the Premier League but in Europe. They still haven’t even managed to make it to a Champions League final. This could be the year but would the additional games affect their Premier League performances in the dying weeks of the season?

Early Fixture List

10 August: West Ham United (away)

17 August: Tottenham (home)

25 August: Bournemouth (away)

31 August: Brighton and Hove Albion (home)

14 September: Norwich City (away)

City are famed for their strong starts to the season. Their first two games aren’t the easiest they could have been given. West Ham have made plenty of signings during the summer but will they need a bit of time to settle in? You can get 1/4 (1.25) on City winning their opening game. Tottenham at home is a good one to get out of the way early on but the Londoners need to improve their away form. The following three games all look like easy opportunities to get three points, so another confident start to the season looks on the cards here.

Tottenham are the only side from last season’s top seven that they face in ther first 11 league fixtures. Then it gets tougheR at the start of November with consecutive games against Liverpool (away) and Chelsea at home. By that stage, City could well have a good lead at the top of the table. If by any chance it’s another tight battle at the end of the season, City won’t mind a final four games fixture list against Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich!

Prediction

It’s hard to not tip Manchester City to win their third straight Premier League title. They have so many strengths, including the fact that last season eight players scored at least six league goals. No one else can boast that kind of record. Of course they also have Sergio Aguero and he’s 6/1 (7.0) at Betfair to be the Premier League’s top goal scorer this season. They can be backed at 4/7 (1.57) at Boylesports to win the title.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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