Manchester City's quadruple dream may have ended with defeat in the FA Cup last four, but at 4/9 to win the Champions League, they are closing in on a potential treble.
Manchester City have all but won the title. Victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday means they now sit 13 points clear of rivals Manchester United in the Premier League table with only four games to play; a third triumph in four seasons is near enough in the bag.
United have five matches left, and were headed into Sunday's meeting with Liverpool needing to avoid defeat to take the 'title race' into another round of fixtures. The bizarre postponement at Old Trafford means City now have the chance to win the title themselves.
Three points from matches against Chelsea, Newcastle, Brighton and Everton is what they need to ensure they'll be champions, so Saturday, May 8 against Chelsea at the Etihad, in what could be a Champions League final dress-rehearsal, will be their first chance to do so.
Fail to beat Chelsea, and realistically, one Manchester United draw would hand Pep Guardiola's men the crown by virtue of their stronger goal difference. Hence the 1/1000.
This is the big one and, whatever Manchester City do this season, it will be the competition they are judged by. Only Chelsea stand in their way. It's the one trophy that has evaded City in their quest to become a football superpower but there has been growing belief over the 2020/21 campaign that their time is finally here.
Outplayed in the opening stages of their semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain, City fans could have been forgiven for thinking 'here we go again', but an incredible second-half performance saw them roar back to take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg.
That advantage turned into a comfortable 4-1 win on aggregate, as City demonstrated defensive solidity to stifle a PSG attack stacked with talent.
Having already got past Dortmund in the quarter-finals it's not like they are doing it the easy way either.
Infogol's expected goals (xG) model had City down as heavy favourites for the title ahead of that tie, so it should be no surprise that they were an incredibly short 5/4 before facing PSG, and have now come into 1/2 for their maiden title.
This is Manchester City's competition.
After beating Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley, they've now won the Carabao Cup on four straight occasions.
A dominant performance, despite the narrow scoreline, finally led to Aymeric Laporte's headed goal from a corner 10 minutes from time as City claimed a victory their superiority fully deserved.
The only controversy was that Spurs felt the Frenchman could have been sent off earlier in the game,
It was a joyous occasion for the favourites and also a significant day for the wider game as both clubs had a limited number of fans present at the national stadium.
Pep Guardiola last won this trophy in 2018/19, a sixth FA Cup success for the club, but this season carried extra significance with the potential of a quadruple on the cards. Manchester City's hopes were ended by Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea at the semi-final stage.
Hakim Ziyech's second-half goal was the difference in a match Chelsea dominated.
A missed opportunity? Chelsea will now face Leicester in the final as heavy favourites.
If City had made it, the quadruple really would have felt on.
Odds correct at 2205 BST (04/05/21)
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