Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in English football proved to be a rather successful one after his Manchester City side claimed a Premier League and Capital One Cup double.
The Premier League champions are as short as 8/15 to win any major trophy (excluding the Community Shield) during this campaign and with City addressing their perceived defensive weakness last season, they look a good bet to fill the trophy cabinet up again during the upcoming term.
A case for the defence
Former Arsenal star Sagna is already through the Etihad Stadium door and he could be joined by his international colleague EliaquimMangala, if reports are to be believed.
Captain Vincent Kompany is the best defender in England’s top flight but he is yet to have a partner at the heart of the defence who is even close to his standard.
With Sagna, who can also play centre-back, and Mangala in their ranks City could well be on for a repeat of last season with a Premier League and League Cup double priced at 12/1.
City, who are 15/8 joint-favourites for the title, cannot be written off claiming a third Premier League win in four years and after claiming the FA Cup back in 2011, the Etihad faithful will be keen to lift the famous old trophy once again.
A league and FA Cup double is also priced at 12/1 with a domestic treble, something that has never been achieved in England, is available at odds of 50/1.
City managers judged on European performance
But as Roberto Mancini can attest to, Manchester City managers are judged by how their sides get on in European competition and Pellegrini will be looking to go past the last-16 this time around.
A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona knocked the Citizens out of Europe last season but if the Chilean manager can keep Sergio Aguero fit and get strikers Eden Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo firing in tandem there is no reason the Sky Blues can’t go all the way at 10/1.
City for the quadruple?
City are priced at 22/1 to claim Premier League and Champions League glory, while the confident City fan may want to have a punt on a league, FA Cup and European Cup treble (100/1) being celebrated come May next year.
But if you see no weakness in this season’s current crop in the sky blue shirt then back Pellegrini’s men for an unprecedented quadruple (Premier League – FA Cup – Capital One Cup – Champions League) at odds of 500/1.