Super Boost! Man City handed price boost for a title defence

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It’s been quite a serene summer for the holders of the Premier League title so far. While all around them scramble to make up the gap from last season, Man City have quietly been going about their business.

With a signing here and a trim of the fat there, the Citizens are taking quite a measured approach to their off-season, a stark contrast to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, who are throwing cash at new recruits like a recent lottery winner on a spending spree.

Despite no major signings of Cesc Fabregas or Diego Costa’s ilk, Manuel Pellegrini’s side remain co-favourites with Ladbrokes to win the Premier League this season, with odds of 15/8.

Anyone thinking of having a flutter on Vincent Kompany and co retaining their league title this term would be best advised to wait until during their pre-season friendly with AC Milan though, as the bookie will be boosting inflating that price to 3/1 until the first goal is scored.

The game kicks off at 9pm on Sunday 27 July, giving readers plenty of time to deliberate over an appropriate staking plan for when the match gets underway.

City won their second Premier League title in three years by pipping Liverpool to the post this season, and finished second to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2012/13.

With a growing knack for getting themselves involved in title races, taking a punt on the inflated price that the Citizens come out on top again is certainly a sensible option.

Owning a healthy stock of strikers, which includes Premier League Golden Boot favourite Sergio Aguero, certainly puts City among the most feared sides in the league, while the spine of their team – from Joe Hart, Kompany, Yaya Toure and Aguero – is arguably the strongest in the country.

Should their experience get them over the line once again, City fans will kick themselves if they miss out on a cracking price later on.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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