Twelve matches into the new Premier League season and it’s Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City who lead the way at the top of the table. Arsenal, however, are level on points with City and Arsene Wenger’s men are well set to produce a genuine title challenge.
Although the Gunners have shown their credentials, City remain the team to beat and their strong investment in the summer transfer window may help them to win their third Premier League crown in the last five seasons. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin de Bruyne have all been influential in the early stages of the season. They are now equipped to cope with injuries to key players, according to Joe Hart, and have an incredibly deep squad.
City are, by all extents and purposes, the best club in England and boast one of the strongest squads in world football. Pellegrini’s men have talent all over the field and will be there or thereabouts at the business end of the season. The Blues have been incredibly aggressive this campaign and have racked up 26 goals despite losing Sergio Aguero and David Silva for the last four matches.
At the time of writing, City look well set to push on and secure the Premier League title this season and punters should keep an eye out for Pellegrini’s men in the Coral ACCA offer. They aren’t necessarily a shoo-in for victory, but are very reliable – especially at the Etihad Stadium.
One of the key reasons why City will win the title is their manager. Pellegrini is astute, experienced and savvy – three traits that stand him above the majority of England’s top flight. While some have raised doubts about his ability to build a dynasty at the Etihad Stadium, the Chilean has enjoyed plenty of success at City and deservedly ranks as one of the Premier League’s best bosses.
If City are to win the crown this season, Pellegrini will have a key role to play. The manager is always crucial to a team’s success – just look at what Sir Alex Ferguson did with Manchester United. Yes, City have a plethora of world class players but it is their manager who selects the team and motivates the players both on and off the field.
67.8% – Manuel Pellegrini has now overtaken Jose Mourinho as the PL manager with the best all-time win % (managers with 50+ games). Eclipse.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 4, 2015
Their main rivals? Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s men haven’t won the Premier League since going unbeaten back in the 2003-04 campaign but the Gunners stand a genuine chance of success this season. If the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech all continue to perform admirably, Arsenal will be quietly confident of claiming the crown at the end of the campaign.
However, it will take something special to deny Manchester City this season. They are simply too strong and will believe that they are destined to win the title once again. Arsenal are playing incredibly well but a number of key injuries could hinder their progress. If City pick up injuries, they continue to earn crucial victories – a trait that stands them above the remainder of the Premier League.