With Manchester City already a very short odds-on favourite at around 4-6 with most online sports books to retain the Premier League title in 2018/19, supporters who want to find a modicum of value need to look around for some long-shot punts in order to have any hope of getting a decent return.
This is because most online bookies not only consider the Citizens a dead cert to be the first team to retain the Premier League title since United (who won the league three times on the trot in 2007, 2008 and 2009), but that they will once more do it in a canter. BetFred, for instance is offering incredibly short odds of only 10-1 on City once again racking up 100 points on the way to back-to-back titles, which is a big ask considering that last season was the only time in Premier League history such a points tally has been reached.
If you’re a complete pessimist and are one of the few pundits who think City aren’t on track to back up their success in the next campaign, there are early odds of 9-1 at 10Bet and Royal Panda on City not making the top 4, which doesn’t seem like an especially tempting bet and so, given the club’s dominance last year, most punters would want a far more generous price to take on a bet like this. To put it into perspective, the best price you can get on City finishing in the top 4 is an eye-wateringly short odds-on price of 4-57 at Betfred.
All of this means that for bets involving City that give you any hint of value, you need to be looking at multi-bets that combine Guardiola’s men taking out multiple titles next season.
For instance, the markets are already taking shape on the likelihood of pulling off an unprecedented quadruple — Premier League, Champions’ League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Betway have City winning the quadruple at 100-1, with Betbright and Betfred offering a slightly better price at 120-1 (source: Playright.co.uk)
No doubt there will be some takers at these sorts of odds, but given how many games have to be played and how much how would have to go right to win all four competitions, many punters would want a more generous price before investing too much on such a bet.
There are a few other early multi-bets that might be of interest for punters. City winning the domestic treble (Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup) is currently priced up at 40-1, which is the same price on bringing home the treble of the Premier League, Champions’ League and FA Cup trophies. The double that the majority of City fans probably care most about — winning the Premier League and the Champions’ League — is only 8-1, again a savagely short price considering the transfer window has yet to open nor a ball been kicked in anger.