The English Premier League season is back this weekend and Manchester City are the favourites at 4/6 with William Hill to defend their title and win the league for the fifth time in 10 years.
City were dominant last season and finished 14 points ahead of their local rivals, Manchester United. Liverpool and Chelsea finished third and fourth, 17 and 19 points adrift of the champions.
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Champions League is the Holy Grail
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, the successful Liverpool team always made the league the priority. For the Anfield club, a title winning season was a good one regardless of any other trophies.
However, the Champions League is the Holy Grail of City’s wealthy owners. They looked like the best team in Europe last season but Chelsea beat them in the final of the Champions League.
Pep Guadiola’a job would never be under threat. But, sooner or later, he must guide City to be champions of Europe and money appears to be no object. It could be now for his improved squad.
City have bought Jack Grealish who is arguably the best player in the Premier League from Aston Villa. They have paid top money for the midfielder with a fee of £100 million and reported weekly wages of £380,000.
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The Grealish Effect
He looks like the English version of David Silva who was a brilliant player for City over a decade. Gealish is aged 25 so could give City a similar length of service.
Despite the huge fee City are paying for Grealish, it could not be their biggest outlay for one player during the current transfer window. A bid is being prepared for Harry Kane for £127 million.
City smashed the British transfer record by buying Grealish and will be upping the ante if the Kane deal happens. So, the champions have potentially improved their squad with the two best players in the Premier League.
There have been no significant departures and Sergio Aguero has served his time before leaving the Etihad this summer. That 4/6 looks a huge price for the title and we must be backers and not layers.
The one downside is that City prioritise the Champions League but the squad can handle both competitions. You can back City at about 4/1 to win both major targets so let’s get stuck in.