Manchester City’s summer spending splurge has continued this summer and with more signings on the horizon before the season opener on August 14, William Hill are predicting that it will be an all new City strutting their stuff at Eastlands this season.
The bookie is offering just 13/8 that there will be just three or four faces from the starting XI of their final game last season will survive the summer and make it into the starting XI for their season opener with Tottenham in two and a half weeks time.
With two of the players from the XI that started against West Ham on the final day of 2009/10, loanee keeper Martin Fulop and Brazilian full-back Sylvinho, already departed, Hills are offering a price of 11/4 that 7 or more of the side that played at Upton Park will survive to make the team next season.
With Aleksandar Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and David Silva already on the books for 2010/11 and more expected to come, a price of 11/2 is on offer for just two of fewer players to make this season’s starting XI.
Five or six players from the team at West Ham, which didn’t include star striker Carlos Tevez, is at 11/8.
“City have made no secret of their desire to bringing players of the highest quality in an attempt to improve on their 5th place last season and they could probably make 3 or 4 starting XIs out of the squad that they have amassed. The odds suggest that Mancini will be keen to blood his new signings against Tottenham,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.