|Man City to win the Quadruple in 2019/2020||50/1||Bet365|
|Man City to win the 2019/20 Champions League||7/2||William Hill|
|Man City to win the Premier League and Champions League double||5/1||Unibet|
|Man City to win the Domestic Double (Premier League and EFL Cup)||12/1||Paddy Power|
Manchester City have become serial trophy winners under Pep Guardiola. After the Spaniard failed to land any silverware during his first season in charge at the Etihad Stadium, he has since steered the Citizens to five competition successes (seven if you include the two Community Shield triumphs).
During the 2017/18 season, City finally became champions of England and they were also able to land a domestic cup success in the form of the EFL Cup. A year later and the players were parading three trophies, with the Premier League crown secured for a second consecutive season along with the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
Now the big question is whether Manchester City can retain those three domestic pieces of silverware while also announcing themselves on the European stage by winning the Champions League. The best bookmakers currently think there’s a 2% chance of a City quadruple, with Bet365 offering 50/1 odds, although that price could shorten as the campaign continues.
City Start Life in the Champions League as Favourites
Pep Guardiola likes to sarcastically describe himself as a “Champions League failure” in English press conferences, alluding to the fact that Manchester City have not yet won the European Cup since he became manager.
However, the 48-year-old has tasted success in this competition before, with Barcelona lifting the enormous trophy in 2009 and 2011 while he was in charge and his City team start the 2019/20 campaign as favourites to finally become champions of Europe.
The English champions are currently trading at 7/2 with William Hill to win this competition, with the Citizens being handed a favourable Champions League group that includes Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta. As you might expect, they are strong favourites to make it to the last sixteen as sectional winners.
However, the bottom line is that Manchester City have never been beyond the quarter-final stage of the Champions League under Guardiola. Monaco thwarted them at the last sixteen phase three years ago, while Liverpool and Tottenham have provided an insurmountable obstacle in the quarter-finals for the previous two seasons.
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Manchester City 5/1 for Premier League and Champions League Double
While the prospect of winning a historic quadruple looks to be a tall order at the current odds of 50/1, there appears to be a more definite prospect of Manchester City becoming champions of England and Europe in the same season. Unibet are currently offering 5/1 that the Premier League and Champions League are won this season.
City are probably one of just two teams that can win the English Premier League this season, with the bookmakers trading them at big odds-on despite the dropped two points against Tottenham Hotspur which means that Guardiola’s side currently trail Liverpool in the table.
It’s generally considered that the blue half of Manchester will take all the beating in the Premier League, while there will be a heavy focus on making waves in Europe, with Guardiola likely to have developed key learnings from the way in which his team were denied by Liverpool and Spurs.
Last season’s reverse at the hands of Tottenham must have been especially galling considering that the north-west side had a goal disallowed by VAR in the dying minutes of the second leg affair. If the goal had stood, then City would have been meeting Ajax over two legs in the semi-finals before a final clash against Liverpool.
Pep’s Men 12/1 for Domestic Cup Double
Manchester City aren’t just bidding for a Premier League hat-trick under Guardiola. They’re also looking to secure an EFL Cup three-timer after triumphing at Wembley in this competition over the past two seasons. It’s a competition that sees Champions League and Europa League contenders arrive at a later stage.
It essentially means that a club like City are only a few games away from winning the tournament, with the Citizens having been able to navigate their way through the earlier phase of the competition by fielding a largely second-string team which has often proved to have enough quality to make progress.
Last season, Pep’s men were able to add the FA Cup to the trophy cabinet and you can currently get 12/1 Paddy Power that Manchester City are winners of the two domestic cup competitions again. They won the 2019 FA Cup final with consummate ease when beating Watford by a 6-0 scoreline although they did have a wobble in one of the earlier rounds.
Championship outfit Swansea City led 2-0 against them at the Liberty Stadium before Guardiola was able to wheel out a couple of big guns in the form of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. Shortly after their arrival, normal order was restored and City could continue on their quadruple hunt in earnest.
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Kevin De Bruyne Back and Firing for City
It wasn’t until Boxing Day last season that Kevin de Bruyne’s campaign had really started. The Belgian had previously wowed everyone with a superlative 2017/18 season which saw him battle it out with Mohamed Salah for Player of the Season, although the 28-year-old had some bad luck with injuries last term and it meant that City were robbed of their most influential player for roughly half the campaign.
Even when KDB returned to the starting line-up in that December clash at the King Power Stadium, it was clear that the midfielder wasn’t able to perform at the peak of his powers and Leicester City were able to enjoy a 2-1 victory against Manchester City on that particular occasion.
However, the maestro looks to be firmly in the groove for the Citizens this time around and could make all the difference when it comes to helping his team retain their English crown against a Liverpool side who are also looking stronger than ever.
De Bruyne - who is 11/8 with 888Sport to top the Premier League assists rankings - could also hold the answers in Europe, especially with his delivery into the box which has already created multiple assists for players such as Aguero and Sterling. The Belgian is a wizard with the ball at his feet and his high-performance levels could make it the most successful season yet for City.
City 40/1 to Land the Cup Treble
There’s more than one way to land a treble. While Manchester City enjoyed triumphs in the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup last term, perhaps this season’s treble success will come by winning the latter two competitions along with the Champions League.
Guardiola is now into his fourth season at the Etihad Stadium and, while he will desperately want to keep his team as top dogs in England, would the Spaniard sacrifice the Premier League title if it meant that the Citizens would be crowned as kings of Europe.
He must have envied Liverpool last term as the Reds triumphed under Jurgen Klopp, although the irony is that the Merseyside team are now desperate to end their own drought of thirty years by finally becoming champions of England, something that has eluded them since 1990.
Perhaps Klopp’s team will keep the pedal to the metal last season and palm off City’s attempt to overhaul them. It’s worth remembering that Liverpool were seven points clear of their title rivals last term and they held an opportunity to go ten clear before losing at the Etihad Stadium.
However, if you think that Manchester City are nailed on to land the FA Cup and EFL Cup and want to essentially get a price boost on them winning the Champions League as a result, then 40/1 could be right up your street. There aren’t going to be many English teams who can beat them in a one-off match.
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Could Barcelona or Liverpool Stand in City’s Way?
If Manchester City are going to oblige at 50/1 and win a hallowed quadruple this season, then the Champions League clearly represents the most difficult assignment. While the north-west giants are the outright favourites to win the European Cup, odds of 10/3 indicates that they’re regarded as unlikely winners against the field.
Much depends on the draw from the last sixteen stage onwards, with Barcelona, Liverpool and Real Madrid among those teams potentially waiting in the wings. There are also likely to be threats from Italy, Germany and France in the form of Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, especially as those teams usually have their domestic leagues sewn up well before the end of the season.
Guardiola might prefer to avoid English opposition in the European Cup considering that the previous two seasons have seen Liverpool and Tottenham force them out of the competition. There’s something tricky about facing a team from your own country in European competition, with Klopp and Pochettino able to mastermind successes of their own.
Manchester City Nailed On to Win Silverware Again
It would be a major surprise if Manchester City won no trophies this season. They are competing on four different fronts and appear to have plenty of strength in depth as usual. Rodri has been signed from Atletico Madrid to add steel to the midfield, with Sterling, De Bruyne and Aguero looking razor-sharp during the early throes of the campaign.
Bethard trade 1/7 about City lifting at least one piece of silverware this term. It could be just the EFL Cup and you would win with this bet, although these odds illustrate what a powerhouse the club have become as the team bid to be reckoned as one of the best in English football history.
It seems implausible that Manchester City will be denied multiple pieces of silverware for a third campaign running, with the bookies going 9/2 about them failing to win a pot and that would mean some serious soul-searching at the Etihad Stadium would take place.