Manchester City now have virtually no chance of retaining the Premier League title unless something hilariously catastrophic happens over at Old Trafford. Don’t bother with the long-shot odds on City in the latest Premier League betting – if Chelsea were in any reasonable form, City would be looking over their shoulder instead of looking far into the distance.
The manager’s gut reaction to the recent defeat away at Southampton is to blame the players. Players who have been predominantly consistent throughout the time the Italian has been in charge of the side.
According to the prediction model developed by the CIES Football Observatory, Manchester City are most likely to win the Premier League in 2012/13 and finish ahead of rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.
The CIES model includes four main criteria for league success: international activity of players, their league experience, squad stability and the quality of signings.
The combination of all these elements suggests that the City, United and Arsenal have the best chances of finishing in the top three positions of the rankings, with City having the highest probability of winning the Premier League. City finishing in the top three in the Premier League this season looks to be as sure a bet as getting a four-of-a-kind hand at www.partycasino.com, but are they really the favourites for the title?
Winning the Premier League title is one thing, but Manchester City now face the tough test of defending their crown in 2012-13. With the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea strengthening this summer Roberto Mancini’s troops will have a job on their hands to top the pile once more, but the club is in a confident mood.
Manchester City ended a 44-year wait to be crowned as England’s top team in 2011-12, in what was a nail-biting but massively exciting campaign for the Etihad Stadium faithful. Premier League glory was the number one goal of the big-spending outfit, however it took last-day drama to ensure this ambition became reality. After a summer of strengthening City will look to push on next season, and although they are the newly-crowned English champions, dominance domestically and making waves on the continent (and new soccer footwear sponsorships, if they go by Dalglish’s mantra) will be their next objectives.
Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea this Monday, in an important game for both sides. The hosts can all but wave goodbye to their title aspirations with a defeat, whilst if the visitors are beaten they may see their lead at the top cut to two points going into a hectic festive season. The latest football betting odds have Chelsea as favourites at odds of 7/5, but City have been in excellent form domestically and will take some beating.
The UEFA Champions League has come and gone in the blink of an eye for Manchester City this season as their otherwise magnificent season gets its first reality check. Roberto Mancini’s side have blitzed virtually every team in England on their way to the top of the Premier League table, the Carling Cup semi-finals as well as being in confident mood to dispose of rivals Manchester United in the FA 3rd round.
Which is why Wednesday night’s elimination from Europe’s premier competition comes as an even greater shock to the system of Blues’ fans but the hotels in Manchester will hardly be complaining since the Europa League will only confirm extra games for the Citizens to play. But Group A is in the past now and the Italian tactician must ensure his squad brimming full of superstars are focused on their domestic matters at hand as well as making sure his team do well in the Europa League.
City’s whirlwind push to the top of English football bears it’s own weight of expectations. Here we are, a decade or so back in the top league, where we belong, living out every football fan’s dream.
And yet there’s a heavy expectation from City these days -every performance scrutinised, every goal weighed, every mistake magnified. And with City now expected to compete on all four fronts, we will find out this season if the squad can live up to the stress or, like Arsenal, break down.
Hoping for a great weekend at the Dublin super cup with City, Inter Milan and Celtic travling to Dublin to play homeside the Airtricty 11 or the best of the Irish league. Weather is looking good for the event and the Dublin Offical supporters club will be out in force as will the other City suppoerters clubs from around the country.
Mr Kieron Grant of the Dublin O.S.C. Left a comment on a previous post so I will post it here for him.
“The next meeting is on Tuesday the 2nd of August”.
Thanks Kieron I hope after the weekend more fellow City supporters will find their way along to the meeting which are a great way to meet like minded supporters and talk about all things City.
Harry Redknapp has expressed his desire to bring Adebayor to White Hart Lane
While I for one like Harry is a great manager and a chancer of epic proportions, to try and pull a striker on wages like Adebayor and get his parent club to foot the bill, Got to admire the brass balls on that.
While they would like Adebayor, Tottenham would also like City to pay his wages or a very large part of it reportably form various media sources. How true it is ?
What is certain is Harry’s intent towards the player.
Harry who is in South Africa spoke to the media and had this to say on Adebayor.
“He is a name that was mentioned and I spoke to the chairman about the player, about the possibility of loaning him, but whether they [City] would loan him I don’t know,” Redknapp told reporters in South Africa. ”If they would loan him he would be of interest. He is a quality player. We will wait and see.”
The fact Abebayor is a good player when he wants to turn it on, he can put goals away. He would easily fit into the set up and be a good loan signing for them, If its a loan and they don’t have to pay the bulk of the wages, Why not ? Even better.
I and Spurs fans alike would love to see Ade in the Tottenham Hotspur shirt.
Just think of the North London derby the Arsenal fans would go nuts, the fact he is a hate figure even to the most passive Arsenal fan, to be in a Spurs jersey to boot.
Why the headline says “having a laugh” is simple, Spurs are a serious side who have just as much chance as anyone to clinch the title with the squad they have at present. For Spurs to sign Ade even on loan would strengthen their squad further. If the reports are true about the wages they are having a laugh its a cheeky Harry Redknapp chancing his arm. For City to pay Adebayor’s massive wages while he bangs it the goals to help Spurs week in and week out to get ahead of City would be crazy. I don’t know the figure that Ade is on but must be up in the £120,000 a week bracket.
Adebayor has played his last game in a City shirt that’s for sure time and again be bemoans the club and his situation. The player clearly wants a move to Real Madrid as do most players, However Real don’t seem to running in to sign him which could say, Your not as good as you think you are ! (Nicklas Bendtner sprang to mind when I typed that also)
Watching Adebayor at times is great and he does have his moments, Just don’t ask him to track back or learn the offside rule and there wont be a problem.
Chances of him going to Tottenham ? Who knows ? would have to say slim with City and Spurs being close rivals in the past two seasons cant be good sense to help them improve.
Then again some Arsenal and City fans will tell you that Ade at your club would be a great way to sabotage a team.
Arsene Wenger in the last week or so has been spouting of about respect and disrespect. Lets have a look at what the hell he is on about.
First there was comments from Barcelona’s midfield wizard Xavi who claimed Arsenal should stand aside and allow Cesc Fabregas join the Spanish giants as that is the players Dream. Wenger came out with Barcelona should show Arsenal some Respect and went on about people taking about poor old Arsenal. This is a players comments on a Spanish team mate abroad however Wenger decides its Barcelona as a whole who made these comments and should show him and Arsenal RESPECT, Hard to respect a sore loser and bad sportsman not to mention a team of divers, along with the always cheating Van Persie.
Within the space this French wack job is sticking his long nose into City’s sponsorship deal with Etihad about the naming rights to , calling out with others for an investigation to be launched. Allowing for the fact the actual figures have not been released yet so its a bit premature for to be making comments about a business deal that is sweet F.A. to do with him, along with Liverpool and anyone else who has voiced concern about it. Fact is Arsene Wenger you read the Daily mail and decided to voice comment on it before having the full facts, DISRESPECTFUL !
City manager Mancini mentioned during the week of hid desire to sign another player from Arsenal, Samir Nasri this lad is a fantastic talent had a cracking season last year and would fit into any team in Europe. Wenger has accused Mancini of disrespect.
“This comment is out of order,” Wenger said, before addressing the issue of its disrespect. “I cannot say otherwise. These comments are not allowed. They are against the basic rules of football and he should be informed of that.
Rich coming from this twat what has City’s naming rights got to do with you Wenger ? Why talk about it in public ? If its case you want an investigation go through the proper channels and don’t be mouthing about it.
Mancini needs to be informed of the basic rules of football ? We all seen Arsenal players diving anytime you were a goal down Arsenal players drop like flies around the box. Untied for all theirs flaws at least dig in for the 90 min and push to the end with football. Van Persie hitting Kompany while he was on the ground ? Same player more than once lifted his arm into opposition players running out from corners last season. Cheating still didn’t get you 3rd weak quitters with the tag of great footballers.
Wenger as I said above within a week you have showed what a Hypocrite you really are. Talk about people and clubs as you please just as long as nobody says anything about Arsenal. Wenger Id say pressure is on nothing this season and your sacked couldn’t happen to a better person. Your a disgrace to football when Arsenal lose excuses and the blame game, Man up and stop your mouthing.