Manchester City: Premier League Preview

The pressure is really on this season for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.

Manchester City had a disappointing season, with Guardiola completing his first season in management without a trophy.

During his time in charge of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, he won a whole host of trophies, including La Liga, Bundesliga and the Champions League.

It’s safe to say that Manchester City aren’t quite at the level of Munich and Barcelona, but that is why Guardiola has been brought in.

They will find this season a tough challenge, but after last season Guardiola will know the exact demands of balancing the domestic and European title charges.

Premier League

Manchester City’s opening fixture of this brand new Premier League campaign is against newly promoted Brighton on Saturday 12th August, at the Amex Stadium.

Their next four fixtures are:

 

Everton (H) 21st August

Bournemouth (A) 26th August

Liverpool (H) 9th September

Watford (A) 16th September

 

This will be a mixed set of opening fixtures for City, with games against Liverpool and Everton inside the first month.

Based on last season the troubles will be in the games against the top six, they lost both matches against Chelsea last season.

Their record against the top six last season was poor overall, they will need to be far better against their title rivals.

Manchester City managed 23 wins during their last campaign, ending the season with 78 points, 15 behind Champions Chelsea.

This was a massive improvement on the 2015/16 campaign, where they won 19 matches and registered just 66 points, finishing fourth on goal difference.

European Football

They had a good season in Europe as well, ultimately succumbing to free scoring Monaco in the first knockout round.

City won the first leg 5-3 at the Etihad, they then lost 3-1 at the Stade Louis II, with City losing on away goals.

The big challenge for Guardiola and City will be to maintain challenges on both fronts, an extremely difficult task.

European glory is the main aim for Manchester City, with the Champions League the only trophy missing from City’s cabinet.

Transfer Activity

Manchester City already had a strong squad but they have been the biggest spenders in the transfer window so far.

They have already made five signings including Danilo, Mendy, Walker, Silva and Ederson.

Manchester City have prioritised their backline this season, having released a number of their full backs.

The emphasis has been on replacing the older members of the squad and adding young, talented players to take City forward.

Guardiola’s side have also targeted Kylian Mbappe and Alexis Sanchez to add quality to their forward line.

Virgil Van Dijk was also linked, with City in desperate need of a top class defender.

 

Transfers In: Danilo (Real Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Monaco), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Bernardo Silva (Monaco) and Ederson (Benfica).

Transfers Out: Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham), Joe Hart (West Ham), Gael Clichy (Released), Jesus Navas (Released), Nolito (Sevilla), Bacary Sagna (Released) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea).

One To Watch

Gabriel de Jesus is the one to watch for Manchester City this season.

The young Brazillian has huge boots to fill, especially if Aguero leaves the club this summer.

His pace and style are electric, City have a huge talent on their hands and he will be City’s main striker for the future.

Manchester City will need him and possibly Aguero at their best if they are to complete domestic and European dominance.

Betting Tips

 

To win the 17/18 Premier League outright @ 7/4

A Top Four Finish @ 1/6

To win the UEFA Champions League 17/18 @ 12/1

To win the FA or League Cup @ 5/1