Manchester City is one of the world’s largest football clubs, ranked sixth in 2016 by Forbes magazine in a list of the most valuable clubs in world football. For anyone living under a rock for the last decade, this may be somewhat surprising given the massive financial issues that City faced in the mid-2000’s. Like Chelsea, Manchester City are a club on the rise having been bankrolled by billionaire financial backers Abu Dhabi United Group.
They have used the additional cash to purchase one of the most expensive football teams in the world. Smashing transfer records has become somewhat of a yearly occurrence for the Citizens.
Money has brought trophies, European football and city pride for fans that have endured decades of disappointment since City were last successful, around the mid-1970’s.
In fact, Manchester City sunk as low as the third tier of English football in 1998, so the turnaround in fortunes is quite remarkable. The Citizens’ recent success has been fittingly at the expense of local rivals Manchester United with the blue half of Manchester turning the tide on years of being the second-best team in the city.
While many may question the longevity of some Manchester City fans given their recent and rapid rise to English football prominence, it is a little-known fact that the Sky Blues hold the record for the highest home attendance – nearly 85,000 fans packing into the old Maine Road ground against Stoke in 1934. Statistics like these prove that the club has as much history and following as any of the big clubs in the modern era.
Some of the world’s finest players have called the Etihad home in recent years, one of the main reasons that the club has won two English Premier League titles in the last five years. Names like Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Yaya Toure are just some of the top class signings City management have brought to the club in recent years. More notably, City have delved into the pockets of rival clubs to make a statement of intent – who could forget the then record signing of Raheem Stirling from Liverpool?
Manchester City made perhaps the biggest signing in their history by luring former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to the club. An incredibly successful manager, Guardiola is the cherry on top for a club that has transformed both on and off the pitch. Fans of the club are likely in for a long spell of success – surely a third title in a decade is a mere formality.
Manchester City Next Game
Throughout the season you will find information regarding Manchester City’s next fixture right here, with direct links to numbers that the popular sportsbooks have published. Be sure to check that you have got the odds you are looking for before you place your wager.
Manchester City Soccer Schedule
You will find Manchester City’s entire season schedule right here. Check out their latest results and take a look at odds for upcoming fixtures, or sort by home and away games to review trends and form. For past results, you can review lineups, match reports and statistics which will help give you the edge when deciding on your final bet.
Manchester City Scores And Standings
Below you will find Manchester City’s current Premier League standings, updated after every matchday. You can toggle home and away fixtures, review offensive production, view defensive statistics and even check out how City’s first and second half performances differ. There is a wealth of information available to you right here.
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Bet On Manchester City Games
Pep Guardiola has brought his brand of attacking, free-flowing football to Manchester, meaning that you can expect to see plenty of goals from the Sky Blues. In Sergio Aguero, City have a genuine match winner every time they walk out onto the pitch. However, it is the presence of playmaker David Silva that really makes a difference to the team’s chances. Statistically, Manchester City win 68% of matches when Silva plays compared to just 60% when he is not in the side. This is a huge difference and something to consider when preparing to place a wager on the Citizens.
Another trend seen in recent years is that Manchester City struggles against the top teams in the English Premier League. While games against opposition outside the top five clubs tend to end up in big victories, their record against their closest league rivals is not so great. In the recent 2015/16 season, title-winners Leicester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham and Liverpool each took points both home and away against the Citizens.
Perhaps this is something that will change under Guardiola, but nonetheless something to consider when looking at City’s upcoming fixtures.
The rise of Manchester City in the last two decades has created a wealth of rivalries across the English Premier League. Traditionally dominant clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal in addition to the more contemporary giant that is Chelsea all recognize the Sky Blues as a genuine threat to the success craved by their own fans. When these clubs meet you are normally treated to the highest level English Premier League has to offer, and you are also treated to some very generous odds as fans of each club throw cash at their favorite team, convinced of their success.
Far and away the biggest nemesis of Manchester City is their cross-town rival Manchester United. The Red Devils are arguably the most successful team in the history of English football, and certainly the most dominant team in the Premier League era with 13 titles.
It is therefore unsurprising that the 13th May 2012 will forever be remembered by everyone in Manchester, and for the Citizens, that Sergio Aguero goal to win the Premier League title in the last minute of the season will go down in folklore – Their first title in 44 years at the hands of their biggest rivals. Every Manchester derby since that date has had added significance as one feels that a huge shift in power is occurring in the City.
This is another game where odds reflect more on the fans rather than the actual chances of the teams, so be sure to do your research and you may get great odds on your pick. One thing is a certainty – watching Manchester City play is always an engrossing affair, and with great odds across a variety of lines on all Premier League fixtures the experience becomes that much more exciting.