Our Manchester City fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a big statement in all competitions after another transfer window of big spending for the Citizens.

If City are going to be a force to be reckoned with, this season has to bring silverware to the Etihad. Many of the regulars have already cashed out on their bets of City winning the Premier League, with a healthy gap between them and rivals Man United.

Even with a dip in form, the bar staff can’t see there being the swing United need to let them in the race for the title.

Pep Guardiola suffered his first defeat to the hands of Liverpool the other week, with many of the rivals looking on to see how they would cope, however, City have just carried straight on like ever before. That game could well go down as important in the context of the season, but there are a few other games over the coming weeks and months that could have huge implications.

If City are to bring Pep his first trophy to the club, our landlord takes a look at two fixtures that will define this season…