Ray Parlour backs Manchester City for the Premier League title

Manuel Pellegrini

Fellow pundit Chris Sutton has also backed them to do well in the Champions League after a strong start to the season.

Speaking on BT Sport’s Fletch and Sav, broadcast from 10am on Saturday September 5th, Ray Parlour has backed Manchester City to win the Premier League title this season.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were being touted as one side that could falter this season in the battle for a top four spot, after a disappointing defence of their crown in 2014/15.

However, they have spent big this summer, bringing in Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph to somewhat overhaul their already talented squad.

And they have started brightly, winning all of their games so far, including an impressive 3-0 win over Chelsea, and Parlour has backed them to reassert top-flight dominance.

“I think Manchester City are the ones to beat this season for me,” he told Fletch and Sav.

Sutton predicting big things in Europe

The big challenge for City is being successful in Europe, with previous seasons having seen them falter in the latter stages of the competition.

Last season they came up against Barcelona, having worked hard to get out of their group, but were soundly beaten over two legs by the Catalans, who of course went on to win the competition.

It was a familiar feeling for Pellegrini’s side, who have suffered a similar fate at the hands of European giants in season’s past. Given their recruitment this season, though, some are expecting more from them, and former Blackburn Rovers and Celtic striker Chris Sutton is one of them.

“I think Manchester City have started the season superbly, I think they could do well in the Champions League this year,” he added.

“I’ve got a good feeling about them this season. I can’t see Manchester City having a problem and their recruitment has been good, they’ve got pace in their team. The key is keeping Aguero fit.”

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