The fact that Manchester City are enduring their worst start to a domestic campaign since 2015 says a lot about how much of a force they have become under coach Pep Guardiola in recent years.
Over the last three seasons, the bookies have tipped the Sky Blues as favourites to lift both the Champions League and the Premier League. For the first time in a long time that’s no longer the case.
In the face of a recent dip in form on the domestic front, as well as growing criticism from all quarters, the outright odds on City’s Premier League campaign ending in victory have reached a peak.
Let’s talk odds and how you can make the most of backing City’s title chances this season.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown
Two defeats in the last six in the league has become the dominant narrative surrounding the Sky Blues as of late. Forget a perfect record in the Champions League or an 8-0 drubbing of Watford just a month ago, the fact is City are trailing league leaders Liverpool by six points.
At such an early stage in the season, six points is not an insurmountable gap by any stretch, but it’s still a challenge that Guardiola’s City have yet to face since becoming back to back champions of England.
Criticism from all corners
The media are having a field day with City’s recent bumpy ride, but such scrutiny is, unfortunately, the price of success. To make matters worse even Guardiola has openly called out his side’s inability to finish off their chances as a damaging factor to their competitive ability under times of pressure.
Defensive deficiencies have been laid bare at times already this season. Missing big personalities and key players on the pitch has been another failing. Although where City are really falling foul is their inability to deal with teams who can circumvent their high pressing style of football.
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For all City fans interested in betting there is a silver lining of sorts. For once in a long while the odds on City’s title hopes have surged with Liverpool going ahead as favourites.
On the opening day of the season, the odds on City to retain the title were a paltry 8/13 (1.62), whereas now they are peaking at 11/10 (2.1), their highest since 2016. Nobody is writing off City’s chances to retake the title, especially in October, but it represents the best chance to maximise the profit of an outright bet on City in the face of recent murky form.
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Time to get back on track
Much will be made of the exhilarating unpredictability of the Premier League where any team can cause an upset, but dropping points to teams they would’ve walked over last season is no longer an option for City.
Despite growing injuring concerns to key players Guardiola must do his best to patch up a squad bursting to the seams with talent.
From now until mid-December City will have to face five of last year’s top six teams. A tricky trip away to Anfield, followed by a home bout against Chelsea is on the cards in November, while derby day and an away trip to the Emirates is coming up in December.
If City can make strides up until then it will be welcome news for their title campaign. If that is the case, you can count on the odds being slashed as soon as the bookmakers sense the tide turning back in City’s favour.