When quizzed by reporters, Pep Guardiola always dismisses talk of winning a potential quadruple, although Manchester City are still very much alive in every competition as they prepare for the business end of the campaign.
Last season, the Citizens were able to win the Premier League title and the EFL Cup although Guardiola will want to improve on that return as he sets about establishing a legacy for the club in England.
However, a recent 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that William Hill are now prepared to offer 5/2 that Manchester City retain their Premier League crown, with Liverpool a 4/11 chance to win their first title since 1990. On the other hand Paddy Power Odds of 9/5 for the Premier League Outright suggest slightly higher confidence in the Sky Blues.
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If the Premier League slips away from the Citizens, then Guardiola will become heavily focussed on making sure the English champions can land the Champions League title during his third season in charge, something he was previously unable to do with Bayern Munich after previously succeeding in Europe with Barcelona.
City have a winnable last 16 Champions League tie against Schalke on the horizon which means they’re likely to be lining up at the last eight stage again, although Liverpool proved too strong for them over two legs last season.
They are into the EFL Cup final after a routine two legs against League One team Burton Albion and will subsequently face Chelsea at Wembley later in February. While they’re favourites to win the clash, the London side did recently beat the same opponents at Stamford Bridge recently.
Meanwhile, the FA Cup fifth round draw has handed Pep’s men a fairly straightforward clash against Newport or Middlesbrough, although City clearly face a difficult challenge when it comes to overhauling Liverpool in the Premier League title race.
Man City Trophy Multiples
Several top bookmakers have odds available when it comes to the Manchester City quadruple and Bet365 now offer 40/1 that Guardiola is holding four trophies aloft between now and the end of the season.
These odds suggest that the prospect of the quadruple happening is a remote one, although this price will shorten should City manage to close the gap on Liverpool or alternatively overcome Schalke in the European Cup and then receive another favourable draw.
Similarly, a League Cup and Champions League double can be punted at 9/2 if you feel that Chelsea can be overcome in the Wembley final regarding the former, although the European Cup is laden with strong teams from across the continent.
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💙 Man City - 7/2
🇪🇸 Barcelona - 9/2
🇮🇹 Juventus - 7/1
🇫🇷 PSG - 8/1
🏴 Liverpool - 11/1
🇩🇪 Bayern Munich - 14/1
🇪🇸 Real Madrid 14/1
🇪🇸 Atletico Madrid - 22/1
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An FA Cup and Champions League double is currently trading at odds of 10/1 and there are several rounds of each competition to negotiate before City can land this particular bet, while you can get 14/1 that Guardiola engineers a hat-trick of cup successes irrespective of whether the champions can get the better of Liverpool in the Premier League.
If you take a dimmer view of Manchester City’s prospects this season, then Bet365 have 13/2 about them not winning a trophy and that would mean Chelsea beating them in the EFL Cup final, whether that is in normal time, extra-time or penalties.
Conversely, it is 1/8 that City win a major trophy considering that they’re in a position of strength with regard to all four competitions, with a Premier League/FA Cup/Champions League treble currently trading at 25/1.
The big issue for Manchester City is that winning the Premier League title relies on Liverpool dropping at least five points between now and the end of the season, something which might happen given the injury problems that the Reds currently face.
However, it also means that the Citizens have got to experience a near-flawless run between now and May, something which seems unlikely considering they are yet to travel to Old Trafford where they’ll come up against a rejuvenated Manchester United team.