Manchester City’s 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.
Worth just under $2.5 Billion, Manchester City is the 5th most valuable club in the world by 2018 Forbes calculations. Having never been recognized as a European powerhouse before the 21st century, Manchester City sunk as low as the third tier of English football in 1998, so the turnaround in fortune is quite remarkable. The Citizens are the defending Premier League champions and their recent rise to prominence has been fittingly at the expense of local rivals Manchester United with the blue half of Manchester changing the narrative after an existence entirely in United’s shadow.
This all came about when Manchester City was purchased by Billionaire Sheikh Mansour in 2008 who has since invested more than any owner in England to try to raise the status of the club. Since taking ownership, the Citizens have won 3 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups and 1 FA Cup.
Still yet to advance past the semifinal stage of the Champions League, this is the next goal on the club’s agenda. The man they have appointed to this project is none other than Pep Guardiola, who arguably managed the greatest club team of this generation, Barcelona from 2008-2012 when Messi, Iniesta and Xavi were all in or entering their prime.
It is commonplace for Manchester City to have multiple players on their bench whose individual transfer fees alone can comprise other teams’ entire transfer budget for multiple seasons, so having won only 3 Premier League titles in a little over a decade begs the question as to whether the project has been a success or not. Until the Guardiola chapter comes to an end, we will not know fully.
Manchester City plays their home games at the Etihad Stadium, where attendance issues have sprung up from time to time, and travelling fans have labelled it as such, the “Empty-had”.
Nevertheless, under Pep, Manchester City has raised the bar in terms of what is capable with regards to the level of attacking football and commitment to investing and there looks to be on end in sight to their willingness to push for glory.