3. Manchester City

Manchester City are quite rightly being viewed as likely candidates to lift the Premier League next May, thanks largely to a frighteningly prolific forward line which has put six past both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the last two months.

Manuel Pellegrini must still have defensive concerns though, with City losing four times away from home and conceding 20 Premier League goals in the process.

City desperately need captain Vincent Kompany to stay fit but cannot afford not to have a contingency if he doesn't, with Martin Demichelis still struggling to come to terms with the pace of the Premier League.

Mateo Musacchio and Eliaquim Mangala are both towering young defenders with huge potential, making the January addition of either starlet a distinct possibility.

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