Manchester City entered the current season on the back of a domestic treble last campaign and, therefore, expectations were high.
Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues rallied to an impressive Premier League title triumph, edging out their closest challengers, Liverpool, to claim outright success.
Meanwhile, they also earned an FA Cup victory, thrashing Watford FC 6-0 in the final and also clinching the less coveted Community Shield during season proceedings.
But this term they have shown some signs of weakness and fragilities which has seen their rivals edge ahead. The Reds are now flying high in the top-flight table, holding a strong eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City, and nine points clear of reigning and defending champions Man City in third.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are currently regarded as the odds-on 2/5 favorites in the Premier League betting to finally rally to a domestic title triumph this season.
That’s a feat that the Anfield outfit have long been desiring, and it looks more than likely to come to fruition, at last, in this current campaign.
But Liverpool supporters have been here in the past, most notably when Brendan Rodgers was in charge, during the season in which club hero Steven Gerrard famously slipped against Chelsea and saw their title hopes crumble instantly.
Last season Klopp’s men looked capable of blasting their way to a first-ever league triumph in the Premier League era. But Man City narrowly edged them out to reign supreme at the forefront of English football.
This term though, Man City are the side doing the chasing and will have to be at their very best throughout the Christmas period in order to keep a close distance with the league leaders.
If they endure any more dropped points across the winter period then they may well hand Liverpool the title very early on. But the Reds, as mentioned previously, have a history of bottling the job from the front of the pack.
The defending champions will be hoping that that occurs once again this time around, but Guardiola will have to oversee a solid run in the coming weeks to keep the pressure on their closest rivals.
Of course, it’s not a two-horse race here. Historic 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City, along with London club Chelsea, are still within the mix, and can more-than-likely cause a few problems for both the leading contenders in the coming months.
The Foxes are in a strong position at the moment and could well be a formidable force right to the end. But Man City will be aiming to rack up the points and keep Liverpool within a safe space before hopefully pouncing late on.
It will be a tough ask for the reigning titleholders, with the Reds soaring so high and looking unlikely of dropping any big points anytime soon.
But City will be pushing them all the way throughout winter and into 2020, when things will heat up even more in what has been another dramatic title race.