Assessing Manchester City’s Treble Hopes

Liverpool v Manchester City Enhanced Premier League Odds

When Pep Guardiola was in Spain and Germany with Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively dominating the leagues there, many pundits called into question the relative competitiveness of the leagues in Spain and Germany in comparison to the Premier League in England. When Pep switched to the Premier League with Manchester City last season, he was subjected to the same scrutiny as his side failed to dominate the league. However, Pep managed to put to bed the ‘league competitiveness’ this season as his side ran riot in the league.

With an impressive league form which sees Manchester City sitting pretty at the top of the log with 13 points, the question that Pep is now facing from the media is if he is going to scoop everything on the table this season (apart from the FA Cup in which Manchester City’s bogey team, Wigan knocked out Pep’s men). Punters can also answer this very same question but unlike Pep, they don’t have to answer to the media but to sportsbooks. Several sites offer the betting market on predicting if Manchester City will finish the season with three trophies and you can play this for 4 weeks free of Pay per Head Service and also via SPORTSBOOK LIVE LINES.

Carabao Cup

The first trophy on the line for Manchester City was the Carabao Cup which they won convincingly against a poor Arsenal side in late February by a 3-0 score line.

English Premier League

Manchester City lead the Premier League with 13 points. The title is all but Manchester City’s. However, there is still some work to be done before Manchester City can wrap up the league title. At least 3 more wins are needed before they are confirmed as champions. With the form they are in however, it’s a matter of when not if, Manchester City are going to be confirmed the 2017/18 Premier League winners.

Champions League

While domestically everything is looking alright for Manchester City, it is in the Champions League that the team has to put in a shift if the treble is to become a reality. Along with the eliminated PSG, they are the two teams playing the most beautiful football in Europe. PSG showed against Real Madrid that playing nice football does not always bear fruit and as such Manchester City need to take caution.

The big sides left in the tournament are playing pragmatic football at best, Barcelona are not playing the tiki-taka style the team has been accustomed to but getting the results, and same is Real Madrid and Bayern Munich while Juventus as seen in their win over Tottenham is still the master of tactical defending. If Manchester City is to win the Champions League, it has to adapt to the playing styles of the remaining ‘big guns’, otherwise the treble dream might just fade away.