Formed: 1880 Manager: Manuel Pellegrini Stadium: Etihad Stadium Capacity: 47,405 Years in Premier League: 18 Last 3 seasons: 2014-15: 2nd 2013-14: 1st 2012-13: 2nd Best finish: 1st (2011-12, 2013-14) Opening day fixture: West Brom (A), Aug 10 Last day fixture: Swansea City (A), May 15
This season’s aim:
Despite being runners-up to Premier League champions Chelsea last term, Manuel Pellegrini’s men faltered during the second-half of the season as Manchester City conceded on securing back-to-back league titles for the first time in the club’s history. With Arsenal and Manchester United widely expected to mount a serious title bid this campaign, the Citizens will need to step up another gear this year if they are to seal another top-two finish for the fifth consecutive campaign. Many believe Pellegrini paid over the odds for England and Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, a whopping £49m for England’s most expensive football player ever, but the 20-year-old could prove crucial to City’s title bid if star striker Sergio Aguero continues to be plagued by injury at the Etihad.
Enes Unal (Bursaspor), David Faupala (Lens), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Patrick Roberts (Fulham)
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa), James Milner (Liverpool), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Angelino (New York City), Micah Richards (Aston Villa), Karim Rekik (Marseille)
Star Player: Sergio Aguero
Despite another injury-hit season for the Argentine ace, Sergio Aguero bagged a sensational 26 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season for Manchester City, helping the Citizens keep pace with eventual champions Chelsea for the majority of the campaign. With fellow forwards Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic packing their bags this summer, last term’s Premier League Golden Boot winner will need to avoid the treatment table this season if City are to have a chance of claiming their fifth league title, despite having David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony backing him up. Aguero is as important to manager Manuel Pellegrini as Uruguayan Luis Suarez was for Liverpool during the 2013-14 season.
Shoot’s Man City Blogger: Josh Lawless
Blogger’s view: “It’s been an intriguing summer for Manchester City and fans are hopeful that the club can find its normal level next season after a fairly dismal 2014/15 campaign. Sergio Aguero was unplayable and Joe Hart was back to his best but all in all, City’s title challenge was wholly disappointing and Chelsea had it easy in the end. City have reacted swiftly though and the purchase of Raheem Sterling is one that has supporters incredibly excited. The Blues have craved a player of his ilk for a while now and the prospect of him combining with the diminutive Silva and the unbelievable Aguero is mouthwatering. Fabian Delph should be a reliable choice to fill the void left by James Milner, but City could enter another gear if Kevin De Bruyne joins. With a more youthful flavour in the side and a change in system, I tip Pellegrini and his men to seriously challenge Chelsea this time around.”
Blogger’s key man: Raheem Sterling
Shoot Says: Top-four