Runaway Premier League leaders Man City progressed to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a shoot-out win over Leicester City this week. City have a huge advantage at the top of the Premiership, a comfortable last-16 tie against Basel in the Champions League, and they are the favourites to win the FA Cup. It all begs the question: can Pep Guardiola’s star-studded team go on and win all four trophies this season?
No team has ever won the quadruple. Man Utd won the treble in 1998-99, when Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and David Beckham were in their pomp, but Tottenham knocked them out of the league cup at the quarter-final stage. Since then there have been a couple of double winners, but no team has come close to winning everything. But if any team can pull it off, it would be this sensational Man City team. They are still unbeaten as we head into Christmas and have been simply steamrolling teams this season thanks to their sheer attacking flair.
Three weeks ago, William Hill was offering 8/1 on them matching Arsenal’s 2003-04 Invincibles feat and remaining unbeaten all season. Since then they have beaten Man Utd at Old Trafford and absolutely annihilated a strong Tottenham team that finished second last season. William Hill has since cut the odds on them finishing the league season unbeaten to just 5/1.
Meanwhile, Betway has cut the odds on them winning the quadruple from 40/1 to 33/1. They are now just 1/33 to win the Premiership title, so they look to have that one sewn up. The field in the league cup still looks strong as Chelsea and Arsenal are also through to the semi-finals. But Man City have already beaten both teams this season and if they field a strong starting 11 they should be able to do so again. A lot depends on Guardiola’s appetite for the competition, which few managers take seriously. Still, City are odds-on to win it, best priced at 8/11 with Bet Victor, as Arsenal and Chelsea have also fielded understrength sides and City have great depth in their squad.
Man City are 1/5 to beat Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup, and they are the 11/2 favourites with Sun Bets to win the trophy. Some bookmakers are going as low as 4/1 or even 7/2 on City winning the cup, and they will be formidable in it. They are also the favourites to win the Champions League as the Premiership looks set to enjoy a revival in Europe’s premier competition this season.
Five English clubs are through to the UCL last 16, but City have the easiest draw against Swiss champions Basel. Champions Real Madrid have already lost to Spurs, which sent their odds out, and they have a horrendous draw against PSG in the last 16. That will remove one heavyweight from contention, and the same is true of the Chelsea v Barcelona draw. Bayern Munich were taken apart by PSG earlier this season and do not look as strong as they have been, while City have breezed through so far, annihilating Italian team Napoli.
The 33/1 available on them winning all four trophies looks pretty attractive when you consider how well they have been playing. You can also get 19/2 with Betway on Man City winning the Premiership, FA Cup and league cup, or 22/1 on them winning the treble of Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup that Man Utd won back in 1998/99. With Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva on fire, City look like the best English team since that fabled Man Utd side, so they are interesting options.