With just 15 games remaining, the Premier League is rapidly approaching the 'business end' of the season.
Making predictions from such an unpredictable season is bold - after all last year's relegation strugglers Leicester City are still sitting pretty at the top of the table - however, there are few things more tedious than reading all about those teams who can win the title.
So instead, here are four reasons why Manchester City will win their third Premier League.
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In recent weeks, Aguero has almost single-handedly kept City in the title race. Having overcome his customary muscle injuries, the 27-year-old looks like he is back up to full speed; with his performance against West Ham a warning shot to City's title rivals.
The Argentinian was full of energy and endeavour at Upton Park: beating defenders, surging from deep to win the penalty he converted, trying an audacious chip with his wrong foot and showing great composure to score the crucial equaliser.
According to BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair, in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Aguero "has got to be up there as one of the best strikers in the world" and remains arguably the only outfield Premier League player who could make it into Barcelona or Real Madrid's starting XI.
Aguero was pivotal in City's first title-winning campaign under Roberto Mancini - he famously scored a last minute winner against QPR for his 23rd league goal on the final day of the season - and with 12 goals in just 17 league appearances has the potential to fire them to the top once again.
Key players still to fire
City have remained in touch with the top of the league all season, despite missing several key players. Yaya Toure's days of single-handedly dominating midfield battles appear to be nearing their end; however, both Vincent Kompany and David Silva have been hindered from finding their best form by injuries.
Widely regarded as one of City's greatest ever players, Silva has been hindered by an ankle injury this season with the Spaniard yet to "really hit the heights that we expect from him" according to Sinclair.
The 30-year-old hasn't dovetailed with summer signing Kevin de Bruyne as expected, but as one of the most intelligent footballers in the Premier League, that seems inevitable at some point.
Kompany reportedly remains at least, a month away from a return due to a calf injury; however, even if the Belgian only features for the final ten league games of the season, he could prove pivotal.
Kompany is not only City's captain but also a player who brings huge authority and spreads composure throughout the side.
Just as Petr Cech is being credited for transforming the Arsenal defence this season, Kompany would provide an enormous boost for Pellegrini's side - it's hard to imagine City conceding a goal like West Ham's second last Saturday with their captain on the pitch.
Crucially City host the other four members of the top five at home, between now and May. That is not to say they are guaranteed anything from these fixtures; however, none of Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester United will be relishing a trip to the Etihad.
Tricky trips to Stamford Bridge and Anfield will prove challenging with Chelsea seemingly rejuvenated under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink and Liverpool set to be full of confidence, following the 4-1 thumping they imposed in the reverse fixture back in November.
City's away form has been their predominant problem this season - they have taken just 16 points from a possible 33 - and Pellegrini will be relieved to be hosting their direct title rivals.
The invaluable yet intangible characteristic, City have experience in spades compared to their title rivals. Leicester are in totally unchartered territory for the majority of their players, Tottenham are not in a dissimilar position, whilst the Arsenal squad have been here consistently in recent years, only to see their season implode around February.
There does seem to be an increased resilience to Arsenal's squad this season; however, Cech is still their only player to have lifted the Premier League.
In contrast, in Joe Hart, Kompany, Toure, Silva and Aguero the core of Mancini's title-winning side remains, with this experience sure to prove invaluable during the run-in.
In the 2011/12 season, City won their final six league games to claw back United's eight-point lead and ultimately repeated the trick two years later - with a little help from Steven Gerrard's untimely slip - when they won their final five to triumph over Liverpool.
With Chelsea's implosion this season under Jose Mourinho, City should win their third league title in five years, this season. They have the best squad, the best starting XI when everyone is fit and have the know-how from previous campaigns.
The Premier League is renowned for its unpredictability and whilst there are no certainties in English football, City do represent the best bet.
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