But now FiveThirtyEight believes that Pep Guardiola's men will successfully dethrone current champions Liverpool in the new season.
Both City and Liverpool are expected to qualify for the Champions League with 95 per cent and 83 per cent predictions respectively.
Manchester United are a distant third with an eight per cent chance of winning the league title, but the Red Devils have a 57 per cent chance of finishing in the top four.
Chelsea, who have invested heavily this summer, are expected to finish fourth, while Tottenham and Leicester City are placed fifth and sixth respectively.
West Brom, Leeds United and Fulham, who were all promoted from the Championship, all hold the highest percentages for Premier League relegation.
Liverpool will begin their title defence on Saturday when they welcome Leeds to Anfield for a 5:30pm UK kick-off.
City, on the other hand, won't play their first league match of the season until 21st September when they travel away to Wolves.
And the Liverpool boss has already warned fans not to expect the club to comfortably wrap up the league title like they did last season.
"People may expect from us to win the league again and that is possible, I don't know. But I will not go into the season like this," Klopp said.
"I want us to play the best football we can play. I don't see it that you can win something if you defend something.
"We won it last year, nice, and now we will attack again. There is no guarantee that we will do it but we will try.
"There are a lot of things to go for and hopefully the world will [soon] be in a better place and people can come to the stadium again.
"Hopefully, we can relax a little bit in our private life, besides the job we do. That is what concerns me more in the moment.
"The rest is football and football problems and we will have solutions. But when I think of next year I don't think about winning it again.
"That doesn't mean we don't want it, only that there are a lot of steps to go between now and then."
Featured Image Credit: PA
Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Football News, Aston Villa, Leicester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Football, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Sheffield United, Southampton, Premier League, Everton, West Ham United, Leeds United, Arsenal, Burnley, Fulham, Newcastle United, Brighton, Crystal Palace
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read