Have Manchester City Passed Their Toughest Challenge of the Season Already?

Have Manchester City Passed Their Toughest Challenge of the Season Already?

Manchester City are looking to win back to back Premier League titles, and are in pole position to land another title according to some. They have started the season well, but are down in 3rd position, so are certainly not running away with things. The big positive for City is that it appears they have already got past their toughest assignment of the season.

City started the season as favourites to win the Premier League title, with Chelsea and Liverpool behind them. In terms of the order of those teams, things are exactly the same now as they were at the start of the season but, looking at the odds on offer, City have shortened, meaning the bookmakers think their chances of winning are greater, despite being in 3rd. The latest football betting odds from Betfair have City at 10/11 to lift the league title at the end of the season, and after they’ve overcome their toughest challenge, it seems now is the time for them to kick on and deliver.

In the space of one week, they played Chelsea away, PSG away in the Champions League and lastly Liverpool away. The Champions League game ended in defeat, but they won at Chelsea and took a point in the game against Liverpool. Four points from those games is a very respectable return, and something that their rivals would take from their away games coming up against top clubs.

Which Teams are in the Title Race?

Unless there are big changes at Manchester United and things are turned around at Old Trafford, it seems the Premier League title race this season will be between three clubs. Liverpool chased Manchester City last season, and won the title in the 2019/20 season, and they are seen as one of the contenders to the title again, as they look to regain things.

Chelsea are the other team in the title race; a team that has really come to life since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, who led them to a Champions League final win against Manchester City at the end of the 2020/21 season. They have improved and deserve to be alongside the two recent winners, given what we have seen from them. For a few years now, Chelsea have been deemed a good team, but lacking a quality goal scoring threat. This summer Romelu Lukaku was brought into the team, and many see him as the missing piece of the puzzle.

The games between those at the top of the table are often crucial in the title race, and Manchester City have their toughest two out of the way already this season. They took four points from those games and have set the bar high. With that out of the way, this team will be looking to kick on and really show their dominance, and why they won the title last season.

Of the teams competing, City are certainly in the driving seat based on what we have seen so far.