Will the Citizens repeat as Premier League champions? They'll be the top overall favorites on the soccer odds board to do so, but it's not going to be easy with some of the other powerhouses beefing up their squads. Let's run over Man City's chances.
Sports betting options vary depending on the sportsbooks, but for the most part we can find the Citizens at right around +200 to win the domestic title once again this coming season.
In what became a tightly-contested race down the stretch, the talent, depth and experience of Manchester City proved too much for the rest of the pack. They finished as champions for the second time in three years. Sergio Aguero may have led the team in total goals (with 28) across all competitions, but it was midfield stalwart Yaya Toure that led the pack with 20 Premier League goals in the 2013/14 season.
Other significant contributors offensively included Edin Dzeko, who had 16 league goals, Alvaro Negredo (nine), Samir Nasri (seven) and David Silva (seven), while Jesus Navas was a great playmaker out on the wing as well.
At the back, Joe Hart survived some shaky performances (and a demotion) to win his starting spot back in goal, while Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy were crucial to the cause defensively.
There's a reason the Citizens haven't been very active in the transfer market over the summer. They already have an incredibly deep squad and don't really have any weaknesses.
That's not to say the Man City didn't make any moves whatsoever though. The club signed Bacary Sagna from Arsenal on a free transfer and also reached agreements with Fernando, Bruno Zuculini and Willy Caballero, who will be Hart's backup in net for 2014/15.
A few players also went the other way over the summer, with Joleon Lescott (to West Brom), Gareth Barry (Everton) and Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) all moving to different Premier League clubs. Considering Lescott and Pantilimon were rarely used this past season, Barry was on a season-long loan and City still managed to win the title, we doubt those departures will make much of a difference.
There's little reason to expect much of a drop-off, if at all, for the 2014/15 campaign. All the key figures are still around, Manuel Pellegrini will have had even more time to impose his philosophy on the players, and as we've mentioned already there are no true weak spots at any of the positions.
Staying healthy will be the most important factor for the defending champions, especially when it comes to Aguero, who's dealt with numerous problems already. One of the most feared strikers out there, City needs the Argentinian (and Toure and Silva as well) to be out on the pitch as much as possible, that is if they want to capture the crown once more.
City will be challenging for the title again, there's no doubt about that. The biggest obstacle in their way should be Chelsea, who have beefed up their squad considerably over the summer.
Regardless, with the likes of Toure, Aguero, Silva and the rest leading the way and the level of understanding they've built up over the years, you can see why soccer oddsmakers have the Citizens at the top of the pile. This is a team that knows what it takes to handle the pressure of a title challenge.
With that said, we do believe we'll see City emerge as champions, with Chelsea just behind in second. At soccer betting odds of +200, you may want to consider adding Pellegrini's team to your future soccer picks selections.