"But wait," City fans might say. "If Liverpool lose to Chelsea and we win out, we tie on points and it comes down to goal difference, where we lead by two!"
Yeah, the book knows all about that.
The book also knows that City have dropped points in their last two matches and still have their annual humiliation against Everton at Goodison Park on the slate.
Even if they beat West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad, the mathematics just are not in City's favor. Especially if Liverpool manages even a draw at Anfield against Chelsea.
No one in sky blue much wanted to have serious discussions about the summer transfer window in late April.
Unfortunately, given City's position in the table and the tattered nature of their squad these days, such conversations must take place.