Two thirds of Premier League managers believe Manchester City will win the title this season, a League Managers' Association survey has revealed.
However, three-quarters of the 20 managers polled say that Tottenham are the most entertaining side to watch in England's top flight.
Brendan Rodgers won the backing of his peers as the most impressive manager.
The Swansea boss took 47% of the vote after guiding the Swans to 11th place with 10 games of the season to go.
Another manager who was working in the Championship last season, Norwich City's Paul Lambert, took 40% of the vote.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and Blackburn counterpart Steve Kean were the only other managers to receive any votes.
Kean has won the admiration of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for his response to supporter campaigns to get him sacked.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Vincent Kompany and midfielder David Silva are the most highly rated in their positions, with Arsenal's Robin van Persie pipping City striker Sergio Aguero in the vote for top striker.
Hart and Kompany have been the stand-out performers in a City defence that has conceded only 20 goals in 28 games, while Silva has contributed five goals and 14 assists to City's Premier League campaign.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is the most coveted young player, with 31% of the vote, although Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge and Tottenham's Kyle Walker each had their admirers with 25%.
Newcastle striker Demba Ba, signed by Alan Pardew last summer, is the player other Premier League bosses rate as the signing of the season.