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Can Manchester City win the quadruple?

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Manchester City have been devastating in front of goal this season. Their attacking prowess has propelled them to second in the Premier League. 

While the Citizens haven't been as prolific on the road, their home form has been incredible.

Having not lost a game at the Etihad in all of 2013, City have become a serious contender in every competition they're in.

Firstly, their second leg of the Capital One Cup semi final at Upton Park is in little doubt. Their comprehensive 6-0 violation of West Ham has as good as sealed the fate of the Hammers before the second 90 minutes kicks off.

In the final, City will face either Manchester United or, current tie leaders, Sunderland. Both are beatable, especially for a team that has scored 57 goals already this season. The Capital One cup looks as good as theirs, with them being made odds on favourites at 1/2 to lift the trophy.

The Blues are also favourites to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the 2013/14 season. The best odds available on that outcome are a lowly 6/5. City are just nine goals away from equalling last season's total of 67 Premier League goals, with 18 games still to play.

Their attacking prowess has helped make the Etihad the fortress it is (if you disagree, watch this). But their shaky away form could see them come unstuck, with all four of their losses coming away from home (Aston Villa, Cardiff City, Chelsea and Sunderland).

At full strength, City's defensive options should see them successful this campaign. But nevertheless, they are being linked with moves for impressive European defenders: Eliaquim Mangala, Virgil van Dijk and Nemanja Matic. If the Citizens manage to strengthen their defence and become as devastating away from home as they are at home, then they will surely win their second Premier League title in three seasons.

Next up: the FA Cup. Manchester City currently face the prospect of a reply with Blackburn Rovers following their 1-1 draw at Ewood Park. It's very likely they'll progress, with the reply being played at the Etihad. The draw with Blackburn may well be a wake-up call for Manuel Pellegrini who won't be complacent in future ties with lower league opposition.

The Blues are also favourites to lift the FA Cup at 9/2.

Finally, if City are to replicate Bayern Munich's staggering quadruple (more accurately quintuple) from last season, then they must show their mettle and lift the UEFA Champions League trophy in Lisbon.

They face the daunting prospect of two legs against FC Barcelona. The Blaugrana will still be hurting from last season's 7-0 drubbing (over two legs) at the hands of eventual winners, Bayern Munich.

And with the recent return of Lionel Messi and Neymar, Barcelona will be at their strongest by the time the Citizens come to town. 

If, and it's a fairly big if, City can beat the Catalan side, then they surely deserve to be in the final in Lisbon (much like Bayern last term). The team that beats Barcelona will stake a massive claim for the title, but that still leaves current-Champions Munich as a foe that must be vanquished. The Citizens did come away victorious when the two sides met at the Allianz Arena in the group stages, proving it can be done.

Thankfully for City, they don't play in the Champions League until after January. So hopefully, they will have plugged and holes in their defence and had time to work together as an impenetrable unit.

At 150/1 to do the incredible and win the quadruple, they're surely worth a £1.

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