City to finish fourth? Rubbish - more like title favourites
Just weeks before the opening of the 2015/16 Premier League season, I sat down to complete my annual family predictions. Yes, that's a thing.
As always, the top four created the most conflict and difference in opinion. Would Chelsea retain the title? Could United's signings push them to Premier League glory?
Interestingly, we all envisaged a different team winning the title this year.
To me, there was only one of two ways the title could go - the blue side of Manchester or the blue side of London.
Here is what I eventually decided: 1 - Manchester City, 2 - Chelsea, 3 - Manchester United, 4 - Arsenal.
Now, it was a totally different story when looking at everyone elses predictions.
Manchester City, third. Manchester City, fourth. Manchester City, fourth.
In my mind, it is barbaric to suggest the Blues will finish anywhere less than second this season, as they still have the best starting eleven in England and a team with league-winning experience.
Even pundits and journalists were jumping on the 'City to finish fourth' bandwagon. In some cases, City backed to finish as low as fifth - utter nonsense!
I know what you're thinking - it's easy for you to say now they've won three out of three games.
I considered several things when deciding where Manchester City would finish this season - the main factor being business in the transfer window.
At the time of my prediction, City had only made one signing - Raheem Sterling.
The later signing of Nicolas Otamendi, who plays in one of the few positions Manchester City could actually strengthen, cemented my prediction.
City now have absolutely everything.
A strong core of Joe Hart, Kompany/Otamendi, Toure/Fernandinho, Silva & Aguero. Lets not forget, Kevin de Bruyne is expected to join the club before the window closes on September 1st.
Here's a stat for you - in Manchester City's 0-2 Premier League win over Everton on Sunday afternoon - Pellegrini's side made club history, winning 9 consecutive games in top flight football for the first ever team.
(Insert City have no history comment here)
Would a team in such good form make such a drastic decline when all that has changed during the transfer window is two new additions?
No. Suggesting City would finish anywhere below second is very unrealistic.
It may be only three games into the season, but Manchester City have won three out of three games, playing the best football in England. It's clear to see that the former champions will not be finishing as low as many people are predicting.
Looks like a lot of people, including my siblings, are regretting their ill-judged predictions.
Manchester City will win the league.