There are still more than two-thirds of the Premier League season left so it may not be plain-sailing for Manchester City as they attempt to win a third title in the last seven seasons.
After beating Arsenal on Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s side have an eight-point advantage over second-placed Manchester United after 11 games and are playing some brilliant football.
The statistics are compelling. City have won ten of their first 11 top-flight matches, have scored 38 goals (an incredible 15 more than Jose Mourinho’s side who have the next best record), while conceding just seven times. No wonder they are currently available at just 2/11 to win the Premier League title this season.
However, all may not be lost for the chasing pack. Last term, City won their first six matches and appeared to be unstoppable.
They lost four out of eight games in December and early January – to Chelsea, Leicester City, Liverpool and Everton – when their defensive limitations were exposed time and time again.
The summer purchases of Ederson, Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva have undoubtedly strengthened City, particularly as a defensive unit.
However, doubts persist as to Nicolas Otamendi’s defensive quality at the highest level while Mendy’s injury has weakened Guardiola’s squad despite the recent fine performances of Fabian Delph as an emergency left-back.
The pace of the season picks up after the current international break with Premier League and Champions League matches coming thick and fast in the second half of November and throughout December.
A bad run of injuries and suspensions could affect City and their lead may not look quite as impressive after they visit Old Trafford on 10th December for a crunch Manchester derby clash.
Tottenham are level on points with United and they face City six days later so all may not be lost in the title race just yet.
It may be a good time to place bets on Manchester United at 14/1 and Tottenham at 14/1 to win this season’s title while Chelsea are 18/1 to clinch the Premier League crown for a second campaign in a row.
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