The turn of the year sees six teams in contention for not only the Champions League places but arguably the title itself. At the time of writing, City sit 4th with 42 points and desperately chasing a third Premier League crown.
City previously struggled last year against teams in the top six, and it was certainly an area in which City needed to improve to have any chance of regaining the title.
For Pep Guardiola to be anyway optimistic about claiming a Premier League title in his first season in English football, the battle with their nearest rivals will be a crucial battle in which they must overcome.
At the half way point, City have won two and lost three against their rivals and with all five still to play – but where can they win and lose the title?
Here we take a look at the key players for each team where the games may be won and lost.