How many trophies can Man City win this season?
Already virtually through to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley on March 2nd after demolishing West Ham 6-0 in the semi-final first leg and hot favourites for the Premier League, Manchester City will surely not end the season empty handed, as they did last year.
Coral go 13/2 City finish the campaign potless and Blues fans may even be dreaming of going one better than their neighbours United did in 1999 and winning the ‘Grand Slam’.
Manuel Pellegrini will be happy enough if City can win the Premiership (evens) and is excited at the prospect of them doing it in so much style – they are well on course for scoring more than 100 goals.
But he must also be fancying his chances of winning the Capital One Cup (4/9) against either United or Sunderland, while it would be a major shock if they don’t beat Blackburn in Wednesday night’s FA Cup 3rd Round replay and line up a home tie against Watford or Bristol City.
Coral rate City 4/1 chances to win the FA Cup, but however many domestic trophies they collect this season, the one piece of silverware they must lift if they are to really silence the Red half of Manchester is the Champions League (16/1).
This is by no means impossible. They face Barcelona in the Round of 16, but if the two teams are in the same sort of form in mid-February and mid-March as they are now, you wouldn’t put it past City to knock out the Spanish giants. And then who knows?
Of course winning three of the four major competitions in one season is a huge ask, let alone four, but if any English team can achieve it this year, City are surely best equipped and best placed. If you believe it’s possible, Coral are going 100/1 and you can even get that price if you leave out the Capital One Cup.
First things first and Blackburn, doing better than many expected in the Championship, will be giving it a good go at the Etihad. Realistically, their best chance is if City take things for granted; if not there doesn’t seem any logical reason why Rovers won’t be simply battling to keep the score down.
It is a reflection of City’s incredible home form this season that 3-0 (11/2), 2-0 (13/2) and 4-0 (15/2) are the three favourite outcomes in Coral’s correct score market.
Pellegrini will probably take the opportunity to rest one or two players, but I would imagine Edin Dzeko will be one of his front men and the Bosnian striker (11/4 to score first or last, 8/13 at any time) has been making the best of his opportunities in recent weeks with Sergio Aguero sidelined with injury.