Manchester City stormed out of the blocks this season, scoring goals for fun and playing polished, attacking football that most teams could not handle let alone compete with. The biggest scalp of course being that of Manchester United in the Manchester derby, who were humbled on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford by the rather embarrassing scoreline of six goals to one.
The kinks seem to have been ironed out and a new team spirit instilled. The team is gelling and new players such as Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri have made excellent transitions into the unit. The recent hiccup in taking the Champions League group stage a little too lightly (not the only ones who made this mistake, mind you) will only serve to make the team more focused on getting their hands on the EPL trophy.
Roberto Mancini has an excellent handle on the rotation of his players and has managed to do so week to week in the league without disrupting team cohesion and synchronicity.
The loss to Chelsea in the most recent round of the league at Stamford Bridge is perhaps most notable for the fact that until the sending off of Gael Clichy, City looked as though they were again going to walk off the pitch with their loss column still featuring a zero.
This reverse aside, City are the team to beat, for the mere fact that they are quite simply the most consistent side in the Premier League this season. Consistency, as always, in a league season is the key, as they and their crosstown rivals Manchester United demonstrate from week to week. City, however, have a bigger and more able squad and a midfield that Sir Alex Ferguson would on occasion envy.
The following few slides will lay out, in no particular order, why this writer thinks that City will walk to the title this season.