Can Manchester City reclaim the title from their neighbours ?

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Our pundits mostly feel that Pellegrini will lead Manchester City back to the title this coming season.

With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.

Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.

We then added up all the points and:

Verdict - Manchester City will finish in 1st

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Highest prediction 1st, lowest prediction 4th

Jamie Allen: 1st - With new coach Manuel Pellegrini and the number of quality players that have been acquired throughout the summer, it's hard to see anyone over-powering this Manchester City line-up.

Ian Bolland: 1st - Pellegrini has got the very best out of his sides in the past, so it will be a hard task to prevent this Manchester City squad from becoming champions.

Dan Coombs: 1st - Manchester City have bought well, and their squad will get a bounce from new manager Manuel Pellegrini, with players likely to blossom, freed from the negativity which engulfed the squad in Mancini's final months. Fernandinho could end up being the buy of the season. Title success will depend also on getting past the Champions League group stages this year.

Vic Daniels: 1st - A strong transfer window to date, a highly motivated team and an experienced manager who already appears to have settled at the club. Back to top slot for City.

Lewis Doe: 1st - Manchester City stand a realistic chance of regaining the Premier League title following their 2011/2012 triumph. They have a superb tactician in Manuel Pellegrini, and there is barely a weak area in their current squad.

Nick Harris: 1st - They already had the best squad in the league, and they have done the best business of the top teams in the transfer window. With the right manager now in place, Manchester City have no excuse not to reclaim the Premier League title.

Vincent Ralph: 1st - While the majority of their domestic rivals have struggled in the transfer market, Manchester City have bought swiftly and wisely. Jesus Navas is lightning in a football strip, while Fernandinho has the potential to be the signing of the summer. And upfront, City now have four excellent options - all with the ability to change a game. With the arrival of a new defender, they could be unstoppable.

Alan Dawson: 2nd - They have the money, the squad and are in very competent hands, but while they may give Chelsea a good challenge for the Premier League crown, I expect Jose’s Special nous to see him to the finish line this coming season.

Callum Farrell: 2nd - Some brilliant acquisitions this summer will contribute to a more successful journey through Europe in the coming season,  but I don't believe they have the team ethic yet to take the title.

Jenny Leigh: 2nd - Closer (than last season), but no cigar.

Graham Morris: 2nd - I think the top three are going to be very close, and we could be in line for a very exciting run in. City have strengthened well. but they may fall short with their change of manager.

Mathew Nash: 2nd - I think Manuel Pellegrini has a challenge getting this ramshackle bunch to play together once again - but after the dust settles, the quality in the team should be enough to see them tie up second place in the League - but the title seems out of reach.

Key player: Vincent Kompany

Gareth McKnight: 4th - City will regret sacking Roberto Mancini, and Pellegrini could find the going tough. There won’t be much between third, fourth and fifth, but I don’t think City will pose a title threat this season.

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

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