Manchester City Premier League Betting Preview

Manchester City Betting Odds

Manchester City Betting Preview

With Pep Guardiola now installed as manager, expectations are higher than ever ahead of the new season for Manchester City.  To no great surprise, Manchester City title odds have them as favourites for the Premier League and it’s difficult to argue at this stage given some of the speculation as to new recruits still to come.  Whether they are worth backing at 5/2 is more debatable.

Having progressed to the Champions League semi-final last term (somewhat unconvincingly at times it has to be said), another serious challenge will be expected this time.  The current 12/1 on offer could represent decent value depending Guardiola on additional signings over the remainder of the transfer window.  It might be a price that could be later traded on the exchanges if they progress through the group stages impressively.

It’s difficult to believe that Guardiola will be terribly fussed as to defending the League Cup given where the priorities lie, but they shouldn’t be ruled out of FA Cup contention given the depth and quality of the City squad.

Transfer Window


  • Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Nolito (Celta Vigo)
  • Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (FC Ufa)


  • Charlie Albinson (out of contract)
  • Martin Demichelis (out of contract)
  • Nathaniel Oseni (out of contract)
  • Sam Tattum (out of contract)
  • Richard Wright (out of contract)
  • Eden Dzeko (Roma)
  • Jack Byrne (Blackburn Rovers – season loan)
  • Florian Lejeune (Eibar)
  • Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town – season loan)

Manchester City’s record 2015-16

  • Premier League – 4th  
  • FA Cup – 5th round (Chelsea)
  • League Cup – winners
  • Champions League – semi-finals (Real Madrid)

Manchester City fixtures 2016-17

Manchester City will begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday 13 August at home to Sunderland to mark Guardiola’s first official game in charge.  They follow that with what could be a decidedly awkward trip to Stoke City the following Saturday.  City’s domestic league season ends on Sunday 21 May 2017 with a game at Vicarage Road against Watford.   The two Premier League matches that will almost certainly gain the most media coverage this season will see City travel to Old Trafford on Saturday 10 September, with them then scheduled to play host to Manchester United on Saturday 25 February 2017.

Manchester City Betting Tips

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The appointment of Pep Guardiola has in itself boosted self-belief at the Etihad Stadium and the near certainty of additional big-money arrivals over the next few weeks should ensure that they are the team to beat this season.  The one certainty with Guardiola is that his name alone can attract top players.

We are also likely to see something of an exodus of some of City’s old guard over the next six weeks or so, as the Spaniard looks to bring down the average age of his squad and provide opportunities for some of the young players already on the club’s books.  The team often looked stale and lacking in ideas last season and that is very unlikely to be the case under Guardiola.

The City job does look like Guardiola’s toughest managerial test yet given how little there appears to be between the top half-a-dozen teams at present and it could possibly take a while for him to get the team playing as he wants.  Nonetheless, should he fail to either win the Premier League or at least replicate last season’s Champions League semi-final, his first season will be considered a failure.  

Manchester City Information

  • Official club site:
  • Stadium: Etihad Stadium
  • Manager: Pep Guardiola
  • Club nickname: The Citizens
  • Year formed: 1880
  • Club owner: Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (87%), Government of China (13%)
  • Most League appearances: Alan Oakes (564)
  • Most League Goals: Eric Brook/ Tommy Johnson (158)

Manchester City Club honours

First Division/Premier League

Winners (4): 1936–37, 1967–68, 2011–12, 2013–14

Second Division/First Division

Winners (7): 1898–99, 1902–03, 1909–10, 1927–28, 1946–47, 1965–66, 2001–02

FA Cup

Winners (5): 1903–04, 1933–34, 1955–56, 1968–69, 2010–11

League Cup

Winners (4): 1969–70, 1975–76, 2013–14, 2015–16

FA Community Shield

Winners (4): 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

Winners (1): 1969–70