Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are still fighting on four fronts this season and in with chance of securing an historic quadruple – as unlikely as it may be. So how do the sports betting companies rate the Blues’ chances of success in each of those competitions?
No club has retained the Premier League for a decade since Sir Alex Ferguson did it with Manchester United, but City are well-placed to do just that despite fierce competition from Liverpool.
City are narrowly behind Jurgen Klopp’s side in the league, but bookmakers still heavily favour the reigning champions, with City as short as 1/3 to win the league – odds that could be boosted by taking advantage of the best bonuses at sports betting sites. To compare, Liverpool are best priced at 5/2, with traders seeming to think they will lose ground on City.
The elusive trophy for Manchester City is the Champions League and after winning Group F, City have a kind last 16 draw against Schalke, who are having an indifferent season in Germany’s Bundesliga.
Despite a lack of historic success in the competition, City are in fact the favourites at betting firms to finally lift the ‘big ears’ trophy, although not as such short odds as with the Premier League, with 3/1 the common price. Barcelona, spearheaded by the one-man weapon Lionel Messi, as second favourites.
City are into the Carabao Cup semi-finals and face League One minnows Burton Albion over two legs, with the winner set to meet either Tottenham or Chelsea at Wembley.
Guardiola’s ‘Shark Team’ are the holders of this trophy and it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that they are overwhelming favourites to again lift the cup, priced at 4/7.
And last but not least, the FA Cup, a special trophy for Man City fans as the win in 2011 ended a three decade trophy drought. However, since that fateful win over Stoke at Wembley, City have yet to win it again, with the 2013 final against Wigan one most would prefer to forget.
City are paired with Championship strugglers Rotherham in the third round and despite the huge number of teams still in the FA Cup, are again ranked favourites. Given how far is left to go, City are priced at 5/1, longer odds than in any other competition.
So there you have it – much like opponents on the pitch, sports betting sites fear Manchester City enough to have them as favourites to win all four competitions: the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup!