Who could take Man City's Premier League titles?
A major shock rocked the football world after it was reported that Manchester City had been accused of violating financial regulations set by the Premier League. The charges come after a thorough investigation lasting four years, which looked into the club's operations under the ownership of Abu Dhabi United Group.
It is believed that City has committed over 100 breaches of the rules during a span of nine seasons from 2009 to 2018, as well as not cooperating with the league's independent investigation team.
The punishment for Manchester City's potential violation of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations could be severe, including heavy fines, restrictions on transfers, deduction of points, and even forced relegation. In what already looks like the captivating Aviator game, the world of football will be watching keenly for the kind of punishment City will receive. Although unlikely, if Manchester City were to lose their titles, the Premier League could award the honors to the teams that finished second in those seasons, meaning Manchester United and Liverpool could potentially benefit from the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
Manchester City's first Premier League title was historic, as they won it in a dramatic fashion in the final moments of the season's final day. Sergio Aguero scored a crucial goal in the 94th minute against Queens Park Rangers, which helped City edge past Manchester United and secure their first championship win since 1968. The title was won on goal difference, with United finishing as runners-up by the narrowest margin ever recorded in the top flight. Going into the season's final match, there was no clear Betway favorite for the title as any of the two Manchester giants was poised to take it.
In the 2012-13 season, Manchester United won the title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final year as manager. However, the following year, Manchester City were able to reclaim the championship by defeating a strong Liverpool team. Despite being at the top of the table with only two weeks left in the season, Liverpool's performance faltered, losing to Chelsea and drawing with Crystal Palace. This allowed City to take advantage and win the title by a two-point margin, securing the title by winning their last five games of the season.
In the 2017-18 season, Manchester City solidified their position as a major player in English football by easily winning the championship with a record of 100 points. Under Pep Guardiola, City set several new Premier League records, including the most overall wins in a single season (32), the longest winning streak (18), the most away wins (16), the most goals scored (106), and the highest goal difference (+79). Guardiola's dominant team also set a new Premier League record for the largest margin of victory, finishing 19 points ahead of second-place Manchester United.
Following the surprising announcement by the Premier League on Monday, the players and staff of the team were brought together and told that everything was still going on as usual. The focus remains on catching up with Arsenal in the league table and winning both the FA Cup and the Champions League. However, this season has not been the best for the team. They have been unable to put their best foot forward and dominate the title race as they usually do. Some of their key players have not been performing at their usual level, and even the manager, Guardiola, appears to be stressed at times. Although City remain among the favorites for the 2022/23 season with Betway, Arsenal have cemented their place at the top with a 5-point cushion.