Manchester City odds-on favourites to be relegated next season as ruling on 115 charges looms

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Manchester City odds-on favourites to be relegated next season as ruling on 115 charges looms

Joel Omotto 18:18 - 22.05.2024

Premier League champions Manchester City are hot favourites for relegation next season as the ruling into their 115 charges for breaching the financial rules draws closer.

Manchester City, the reigning four-time Premier League champions and recent treble winners, find themselves in an unexpected predicament as they are priced at 25/1 for relegation next season by Sky Bet.

This startling figure stands in stark contrast to the odds for Arsenal and Liverpool, both contenders they surpassed this season, who are listed at 2000/1 to face the drop.

The unusual betting odds are influenced by the club's ongoing legal battles. Manchester City are currently facing 115 charges related to alleged breaches of the Premier League's financial rules.

These charges, which are anticipated to be addressed in the coming months, accuse the club of providing inaccurate financial information and failing to cooperate with the Premier League's investigation from 2018 to 2023.

Despite the gravity of the allegations, Manchester City has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. The club is preparing to defend itself vigorously at the impending hearings.

The potential repercussions, if the club is found guilty, could be severe. While relegation is a possible outcome, even more stringent penalties, such as stripping City of their titles or expelling the club from the league to non-league football, have also been discussed.

The case has garnered significant attention and speculation, given its potential to dramatically alter the landscape of Premier League football. Regardless of the outcome, the ramifications of this case are poised to reverberate through the sport for years to come.