Sky Sports guest Craig Bellamy looks ahead to the rest of the season.
The retired Welsh footballer was a guest on Sky Sports alongside regular pundit Jamie Redknapp as the duo watched the Citizens dismantle Newcastle United 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were phenomenal, and the return of key players Yaya Toure and new signing Wilfried Bony from the Africa Cup of Nations will be a timely boost.
Their victory, coupled with the Blues’ failure to beat Burnley, prompted strong opinions regarding the destination of the Premier League title this season.
While Jose Mourinho’s men hold a five-point gap, their faltering performances and recent attitude towards officials could become a hindrance and Bellamy is backing City to capitalise.
“I said Man City at the start,” Bellamy told Sky Sports. “While Chelsea have been exceptional, I am sticking with Man City.
“With this run City have, and on the back of such a crucial win that they got today, then they should close the gap.”
Will Manchester City pip Chelsea to the title?
While it’s evidently mathematically possible and will remain that way for some time yet, the unpredictability of the Etihad outfit doesn’t bode well for their chances.
On their day, they have proven how they can dismantle teams. However, unlike last season, they seem to be dropping far more points this time around and their home form is uncharacteristically poor.
With 12 matches remaining, the run-in arguably favours Jose Mourinho’s side and their strength in depth means they can cope with injuries and suspensions better than in the previous campaign.