Manchester City meet Manchester United at Eastlands on April 30 in a game that many are predicting will be a title showdown. But the league could well be United’s by then. Obviously, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won’t want to get complacent, but it’d be astonishing if they fail to take maximum points from their next seven Premier League games. Wolves, Fulham, Blackburn, QPR, Wigan, Aston Villa and Everton do not look capable of halting United’s winning streak in the league, while it wouldn’t be surprising to see City drop points at Stoke, Arsenal, Norwich or even at home against a rejuvenated Chelsea. United have been given a great opportunity to open up a lead ahead of the April 30 showdown with their Noisy Neighbours, before wrapping up the season with games against Swansea and Sunderland.
Roberto Mancini and Manchester City will hopefully be thinking, 10 games to play, 30 points to be won and they certainly have a squad capable of challenging United (you’d bloody hope so with the money they’ve been throwing around). And you have to take your hat off to their 100 per cent home record, but it’s their away form (which isn’t exactly terrible, mind) that could let them down during the final few weeks of the campaign. And if City do end up falling short, you’d have to say well done to Manchester United. City have been nailed on favourites for a while, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have kept the pressure on and are once again back on top. But unfortunately, just as Fabio Capello will be to blame when England bow out of the Euros in the Summer, City’s failure will probably be all Carlos Tevez’s fault.