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Manchester City 2011-12 Premier League Odds Could Be Key to Victory

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Fergusson has referred to Manchester City as his team’s, “Noisy neighbors” in years past, but this season, it could be the Citizens who finally overtake the Red Devils as the top team in Manchester.

Man City is the second favorite on the board on the odds to win the English Premiership at 7/2 at Bet365, and we tend to believe that this is the year that that could cash in. Manager Roberto Mancini has assembled a team full of stars, but there is a question whether all of this spending was done in good taste, or just with a reckless abandon.

Sergio Aguero is the newest signing for the Citizens, coming over from Atletico Madrid as one of the newest strikers in the Premier League. He joins fellow newcomers Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic, adding to a team that had already spent well over 100 million pounds last season. Last year’s spending was parlayed into a Champions League bid for this season and an FA Cup title. On Sunday, the team will challenge the Red Devils for the FA Community Shield.

The big question is whether last summer’s major signing, Carlos Tevez is going to stay with the team or not. Tevez either scored or set up nearly half of Man City’s goals last season in the Premier League, and if he stays, he is sure to challenge for a second straight Golden Boot after tying Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov for top league honors in 2010-11. The problem that Tevez has is that City’s signing of Aguero really leaves a bit of a logjam for time up front. Tevez and Aguero seem like they’re shoe ins up front, but the possibility is definitely there for Edin Dzeko (even though he only scored two goals in the league all of last season), Craig Bellamy (whom many feel will be transferred before the start of the season), Emmanuel Adebayor, and Roque Santa Cruz. Mario Balotelli was a regular in the Starting XI last year as well and should factor into the rotation in some form.

A young net minder in Joe Hart won the Golden Glove last season with 18 clean sheets, nearly half of Manchester City’s league matches, and he is sure to be helped a heck of a lot by adding Clichy, a former Arsenal defender, to his back line. Savic will also be back there with Vincent Kompany, the man who very well could be the next captain of this squad should Tevez leave. Gary Cahill and Aleksander Kolarov are also both possibilities, while Kolo Toure remains with the squad to boot.

The midfield is chock full of names for this team as well. The Citizens know that Shaun Wright-Phillips has a ton of Premiership experience with some top notch clubs, while Nigel De Jong is also expecting better in his second year with Man City. David Silva is one of the best striking midfielders in the world when he is healthy, and both Yaya Toure and Adam Johnson have shown flashes of brilliance to boot.

The question is whether all of this improvement for the Citizens has really drawn them that much closer to the 19-time champs. Manchester United is sure to be looking for title No. 20 this season, but if Hart can keep his cool and Mancini can find himself a comfortable balance in his Starting XI, Man City is definitely going to make a huge challenge this season at its first Premier League title since 1967-68.

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