Arsenal & Chelsea must fear Manchester City
Manchester City are still the Premier League title favourites - despite being eighth in the table
Manchester City can't win away from home, they're currently eighth in the Premier League table, and they have a manager with no previous experience of managing a club in the English top flight - yet they're still the bookies' favourites to win the title.
This is unprecedented. To reiterate: we're almost one third of the way through the 2013/14 campaign and the team ranked eighth in the table are still expected to win the Premier League.
Never mind the blistering starts of Arsenal and Liverpool, the fact Chelsea have Jose Mourinho back at the club, or Manchester United's recent resurgence - it's the Citizens who should win the league, if the bookmakers' odds are to be believed.
It may sound a little odd, but give it a little more thought and the idea of Vincent Kompany and Manuel Pellegrini hoisting the Premier League trophy into the air next May doesn't seem so far-fetched after all.
For starters, City are only six points behind league-leaders Arsenal, despite their concerning current Premier League position.
Pellegrini's men have also scored more goals (28) than any other Premier League team this season, which is no major surprise considering the calibre of attacking players at the manager's disposal.
Sergio Aguero is the Premier League's joint top scorer, alongside Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, while the Argentinian's current first-choice striker partner Alvaro Negredo has settled in well at the Etihad Stadium since his summer move from Sevilla.
The acquisition of Fernandinho has allowed Yaya Toure to venture further forwards on a more regular basis, although Pellegrini is still looking to get the best out of Spanish winger Jesus Navas.
Defensively there are issues, but once their talismanic captain Kompany returns from injury, City will unquestionably be a far more solid as a unit.
If Kompany's return coincides with goalkeeper Joe Hart getting back to his best then it's hard to see any other team winning the Premier League title.
For a reminder of what this City team is capable of, just look back to their sensational 4-1 victory against fierce rivals Manchester United back in September.
The Red Devils were outclassed from the first minute and simply couldn't live with City's full-strength side, which contained all four members of the team's formidable spine: Hart, Kompany, Toure and Aguero.
City's away form is an issue - and they will need to improve on the road in order to leapfrog United, Chelsea, Arsenal and others into pole position by the end of the season.
But solve that particular conundrum and Manchester City will go on to secure their second Premier League title.