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Betting: Manchester City already odds-on to secure back-to-back Premier League titles

10:59 BST 16/04/2018
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Having cruised to the top-flight title this season, the bookmakers are expecting Pep Guardiola's men to retain their crown in the 2017-18 campaign

Manchester City might only just have been crowned Premier League champions but bet365 have already installed Pep Guardiola's side as odds-on favourites for next season's title.

The Citizens have been imperious this term, winning the league with five games remaining. That equals an English top-flight record previously achieved twice by Manchester United and Everton in 1984-85.

With that level of dominance on display and the lack of any serious challenge elsewhere it's unsurprising to see bet365 chalk up City as 4/6 (1.67) favourites to win the Premier League next season.

The bookmakers were as big as 9/5 (2.80) when this term's original prices were released a year ago but the odds compliers are taking even fewer chances this time around.

The same firm are also offering prices on how many Premier League titles Manchester City will win in a row. The current streak ending at one is 6/5 (2.20), two is 9/4 (3.25), three straight victories is 4/1 (5.0) while 6/1 (7.0) is offered about four or more.  

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “We’ve witnessed Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides dominate with three consecutive titles on two separate occasions and it would be no great surprise to see Pep’s charges at least match that feat.”

The bookmakers have also priced Manchester City at 150/1 (151.0) to win the quadruple of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in the 2018/19 campaign.

Elsewhere in the 2018-19 Premier League title odds, Liverpool are Manchester City's closest challengers at 5/1 (6.0) after getting the better of them three times in all competitions over the course of the season.

Manchester United come next at 6/1 (7.0) then Chelsea and Tottenham are both priced at 12/1 (13.0). Spurs may well be a popular play should they keep their current squad together, but their current wage structure might mean that Mauricio Pochettino is in for a battle to hold onto some of his biggest names.

Arsenal complete the traditional "big six" at 25/1 (26.0) with bet365, although their failure to take a single point away from home in the Premier League this calendar year suggests even that price is too short.

Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers are available at 400/1 (401.0) with the same firm after sealing promotion to the top flight.