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Premier League countdown: Manchester City specials

by Sean Goff | August 14, 2012
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It’s a Super Sunday kick-off for the reigning champions Manchester City against Premier League new-boys Southampton after their Community Shield triumph last weekend.

Having won the title for the first time since the 1967/68 season in a last-gasp 3-2 win over QPR, City will be keen to make sure they don’t have to wait as long for their next major trophy.

The home side are are 2/11 favourites to beat Southampton (14/1) at the Etihad on Sunday with the draw priced at 6/1 in Paddy Power’s online betting.

City became just the fifth club in Premier League history to lift the crown and Paddy Power make the Citizens their 5/4 favourites to become only the third club after Manchester United and Chelsea to retain the trophy.

Manager Roberto Mancini has big ambitions for the club and midfielder Yaya Toure echoed his thoughts that the next step for City need to win a Champions League to command the respect of Europe’s big clubs.

City are priced at 7/1 with Paddy Power behind Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid while the prospect of a Premier League/FA Cup double to match rivals Chelsea (2010) Arsenal (2002) and Manchester United (1994, ‘96 and ’99) must also be on the radar.

Paddy Power offer 11/2 that City, bolstered by the arrival of Jack Rodwell from Everton during the week, can win two or more domestic trophies this season.

Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles are the only side to go unbeaten during their Premier League winning season of  2003/04 winning 26 and drawing 12 of their 38 league games.

It’s a tasty 40/1 that the Citizens repeat the feat this season but an alternative may be the 5/2 that the club stay unbeaten at the Etihad and 11/1 they don’t drop three points on their travels for 2012/13.

Last Sunday’s 3-2 Community Shield win over Chelsea have City fans in the mood for goals this season and Toure believes the champions can become the first side to break the 100-goal barrier in the Premier League.

City scored 93 league goals with Sergio Aguero (23 in 34 PL games) Carlos Tevez (4 goals in 13 PL games), Mario Balotelli  (13 goals in 23 PL games) and Edin Dzeko  (14 goals in 28 PL games) leading the charge.

Aguero heads Paddy Power’s betting at 11/10 ahead of Tevez (9/4), Balotelli (7/2) and Dzeko (13/2) to be the club’s top scorer this season.

December 8 at the Etihad and April 6 2013 stand out for City fans as they will face Derby rivals and most probably tile rivals, Manchester United.

Paddy Power are offering 5/1 that City claim all six points and win both games like they did last season. They also bet 4/1 City come away with just a point, 8/1 they draw both games and end up with two points, 9/4 they win either the home or away game and collect three points, four points is priced at 11/4 while its 9/1 they lose BOTH games and get no points.

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