Manchester City season predictions: Season hinges on Sergio Aguero

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Last season ended in disappointment for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini will be under pressure to deliver this term.

Manuel Pellegrini was arguably fortunate to keep his job after last season's underachievement and this time around Manchester City are under pressure to mount a cohesive title challenge.

Do our writers think that City can show the necessary consistency to succeed in the Premier League while juggling their Champions League commitments?

Prediction: 4th.

Freddie Shires: Pellegrini will be shown the exit door after the homegrown signings fail to prevent his side losing ground to their local rivals.

Damien Lucas: Like Arsenal City have not made the signings to really keep pace with Chelsea, Sterling performs well and goes some way to justifying his pricetag but Pellegrini is replaced midway through the season and the Blues have to make do with the consolation of the last Champions League spot.

Chris Linnell: SAS will form a lethal attacking trio next term, but noticeable weaknesses remain in the club’s midfield and defence. City could be made to pay for their lack of activity in the transfer market thus far.

Olly Dawes: Question marks remain over Manuel Pellegrini, but having added Raheem Sterling, City should challenge for the title again – but defensive concerns may cost them in the long run.

Mathew Nash: Are Delph and Sterling good enough signings to reclaim the league title? No chance. Still frail at the back and will be found out too often this term. However, enough quality to take top four.

Che Thomas: City’s season hinges on Sergio Aguero, who was sensational last time round. They will want him to play every game because that could be the difference between finishing third or fourth or in the top two. Raheem Sterling is a great signing, if a little over-priced, but Pellegrini doesn’t have really top class players in at least two or three positions on the pitch, while there are question marks about Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure being as good as they were.

Stephen Pickering: City have added a number of proven homegrown Premier League players to their side this summer and have a solid spine to their team. Manuel Pellegrini has a lot to prove and could be their downfall when it comes to the crunch. Key player: Sergio Aguero.

Tim Poole: I don’t foresee Manuel Pellegrini lasting the season and £49 million on Raheem Sterling will come back to bite City.

Lewis Doe: Some good new players signed equalling confusion for Pellegrini equalling the sack at some point.

Michael Stevenson: Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph will revitalise an aging City team but defensive frailties will prevent them from toppling Chelsea.

Billy Hawkins: A strange transfer philosophy sees them regress from last season, defensive issues continue

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Chelsea

Arsenal

Manchester United

Manchester City

Liverpool

Tottenham

Everton

Southampton

West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Bournemouth

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Watford

Norwich City

Leicester City

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