Manchester City’s scintillating start to the season has left punters with renewed optimism that the Blues could be in for a memorable campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already booked their place in the second round of the Champions League and have cruised to an eight point lead at the top of the Premier League, whilst retaining an undefeated record.
Betfair’s Katie Baylis emphasised to SBC that there is a genuine feeling of belief in the air that City could go the whole campaign without suffering a defeat, Baylis said: “At the moment Man City are 9/2 to go the rest of the league season unbeaten and it doesn’t look beyond them to achieve this feat. Of course it’s been more than 10 years since a team managed to do this with the Arsenal Invincibles of 2003/2004, but the dominance City have shown so far means it’s definitely within reach.”
Nonetheless, for City and Guardiola winning silverware will be the priority as an unprecedented quadruple is still a possibility for the Eastland’s side, although Betway’s Alan Alger believes that because of ‘injuries, cup draws and form’ to achieve what nobody else has done before and win the quadruple will be ’very difficult’ for City.
Alger also revealed that the starting price for City to win The Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble, was 150/1 and if they could pull it off it would cost Betway nearly 250k. On the other hand, the quadruple was 750/1 at the start of the season and it would hit Betway for over 900k.
Alger continued: “At the moment City are flying in the Premier League, scoring goals for fun and breaking all kinds of records and it looks unlikely that anyone would stop them if they keep this level up and continue to take points off the ‘big six’.
Realistically though it will be extremely difficult for City to keep up this level and there is still time for the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea or Spurs to catch them. There is a long way to go and City still have to play Man Utd and Spurs twice as well as Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. The upcoming winter months are also going to be a massive mental and physical test and stats show how City have struggled during this period and dropped several points.
“For now the City squad is being rotated effectively with everyone playing their part in this great start to the season, but an injury to a key player, especially if it’s at the back, would see City struggle. There are always question marks over the defence and City still look vulnerable at the back. A defender should be signed in January to help the cause, preferably a left back due to the long term injury to Mendy and the question marks over Delph who is currently deputising well in that position.”
Alger added: “City do look like running away with the Premier League this season but it is too early, given all the above, to think that there is no way back for the others. Look at what happened the last two years when they went heavily odds-on early.”
The unplayable form of Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the key factors in the renewed faith of Pep Guardiola’s side this season, after only ten Premier League games the Belgian is already the runaway favourite to be crowned Premier League player of the season, Baylis stated that: “KDB is 4/6 to be PFA player of the year and on the form shown so far looks very hard to beat, with Harry Kane next in the betting at 4/1.”
Many pundits have even claimed the KDB could be next in line to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or, however Baylis claimed that: “It’s not very likely he will win the Ballon d’Or and is just a 66/1 shot to win it this time around.”