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Pundits’ 2021/22 Premier League predictions about Manchester City are showing to be correct



Manchester City are on course for their sixth Premier League title having dismantled the hype around a three-horse race to lead the table by ten points.

Pep Guardiola has masterminded astonishing consistency within his side yet again with the club currently on an 11-game winning streak in the top-flight.

They have scored a league-best of 53 goals in their 21 games this term and have conceded the least amount of goals too (13).

In fact, they have only dropped points in four matches, winning 17 games which is five more than next best Chelsea and Liverpool, who sit on 12.

Add in the fact that City have played without a recognised striker in their starting line-up for the majority of this season, it could be argued that we are watching one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever teams.

And it seems a number of pundits backed the right horse before the start of the campaign too.

An overwhelming majority forecast City to defend their league title this campaign.

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville both predicted City would win the league.

On Monday Night Football in August, Carragher commented: “Man City are Man City.

“Liverpool are the one team who have broken their spell up, once in the last four years.

“It will take a lot to do that again. I think Chelsea are involved and I think Liverpool are involved.”

Neville added: “You’ve still got to go with Man City at this point because of what they’ve done over the last few years and Chelsea have still got to prove themselves, Manchester United have got to prove themselves, Liverpool have got to prove they can get back to that level where they were before.”

Micah Richards and Nedum Onouha both thought their former club would lift the trophy again, as did 11 other BBC Sport colleagues who submitted pre-season predictions.

Although Richards’ title-winner prediction looks on course to come true, some of the players he name-checked while writing his explanation on the BBC Sport website haven’t had the game time he perhaps at that point expected them to.

He said: “It’s tougher than ever to call it this season but I am still going to say City.

“John Stones has signed a new deal and, with him and Ruben Dias, the defence is sorted.

“When you look at their options in midfield and going forward, it’s just not fair on the other teams and, with the form that Raheem Sterling was in at the Euros, they still have to be favourites.”

Stones has played just six Premier League games this season while Sterling started just three league games before November although has featured regularly in the starting XI since, racking up 17 league appearances in all.

Dias, on the other hand, has started 19 of the 20 league matches he has featured in with Guardiola preferring Aymeric Laporte as his centre-half partner.

Not all BBC pundits agreed, though. Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton and Rob Green were among those who backed Chelsea to finish top instead.

However, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson said City would come out winners of a four-way race with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

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