Mancini eases City pressure
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted his side are not favourites to win the Premier League this season.
The Italian watched as his side snatched the domestic title from arch-rivals Manchester United on the final day of the last campaign but there has not been much movement in the transfer window for the league's big spenders.
With the likes of United, Chelsea and Arsenal all splashing the cash this summer the gap might have been closed on the quality of the star-studded squad at the Etihad Stadium, who can be backed using your free bet.
Mancini has tried to ease the expectation on his players and believes his side could be as low as fourth in the running to claim the Premier League crown this term.
He said: "United start as favourites this year.
"We are maybe in second, third or fourth position."
Mancini will be able to get a good look at where his players stand after pre-season when they face Chelsea in the Community Shield at Villa Park on Sunday.