Manchester City will begin the 2018/19 Premier League season with hopes of becoming the first team to successfully defend their crown as English champions ten years since their cross-city rivals Manchester United were the last to become back-to-back kings of England.
Having finished the previous season streets ahead of their nearest competitors with a comfortable 19-point margin last term, it is hard to imagine any side will come close to toppling Pep Guardiola’s men this coming season and odds of 8/13 for them to retain their crown reflects how extreme their dominance could become.
Setting the tempo from week one
An opening day fixture against Arsenal is not one that many sides would welcome but City will be looking to get off to a good start and unsettle Gunners’ new boss Unai Emery from the first minute. Emery’s task will not be made easy and playing at the Emirates Stadium will not put off the reigning champions who picked up exactly half of their 100 points last season on the road. As things stand City are evens to emerge from London victorious on the opening day. If you are new to sports betting check out the Football Predictions Game at FanBet. You get to choose 6 daily results with a free bankroll and can win rewards and a weekly cash prize. It’s a fun way to place free bets on Premier League and European matches.
It did not take long last time for questions about the possibility of Guardiola’s then-apparent world beaters going a whole season unbeaten to emerge and a strong start to the upcoming campaign will likely have the same results but, with some more reinforcements and the players having had more time to take on the Catalan’s ideas, it is not overly difficult to imagine a scenario in which they eradicated their two defeats suffered in 2017/18 and finished the season unbeaten to take the throne of Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ and 40/1 odds make it something worth considering.
The importance of Aguero
Though Gabriel Jesus’ presence might have seemed to give reason for concern to Sergio Aguero, the Argentine proved his worth in Manchester last season with an impressive 21 goals in 25 games and while he fell some 11 goals short of Mohamed Salah, it is is more than possible that he could outscore everyone with more games under his belt. Harry Kane and Salah are understandably ahead of him in the running to be crowned top scorer for the season but at 7/1 he could be worth backing even as an outside chance, particularly with Riyad Mahrez arriving to increase the productivity of the supply line behind Aguero.
Cementing a legacy
If Manchester City are to improve on last season and maybe even go unbeaten they might well destroy their already eye-widening points tally of 100 from 2017/18, and there is a real chance we could see them smash their own record again come May 2019. Backing City to reach 100 points sits at 10/1 now and if they are to make more signings before the summer is out these odds will only get slimmer.