Mar 21, 12
Just one day after Manchester United stole first place in the Premier League from beneath the noses of their bitter rivals, Manchester City, the latter club’s boss, Roberto Mancini, has warned that the title race could now be decided in the old fashioned way – at the City-United derby match on April 30; a fixture that could go either way
and would constitute a huge gamble for those looking to bet on soccer games.
One point separates Manchester United and Manchester City at the apex of the Premier League. The Red Devils displaced the Blues at the weekend, when their 2-0 defeat of West Brom gave Fergie’s outfit a valuable three points. City, on the other hand, succumbed to an
embarrassing 1-0 loss to Wales’ Swansea.
Ten match days remain of the current Premier League campaign. With third-place Spurs sitting 13 points adrift of City, and Arsenal, in fourth, languishing 17 points behind Mancini’s men, it is difficult to see the battle for the most coveted prize in English football as
anything but a two-horse race.
“I’m still confident about winning the Premier League”, Mancini said. “What happened today [loss to Swansea] can happen also to United.” However, the Reds have a significantly easier fixture list over the coming weeks than City, with only one of United’s final opponents –
Sunderland – breaching the top-eight of the Premier League.
City, on the other hand, face Chelsea, Newcastle, and an in-form Arsenal before the curtain comes down on the 2011/12 campaign. “Now, it is important we are very comfortable together”, the Italian continued. “It is better to stay at the top but, now we are behind, it
doesn’t change our target.”
Alex Ferguson believes that United’s previous 19 title-winning seasons (and the experience the side accrued along the way) will be the key to securing another crown in the late spring. However, Sir Alex, like Mancini, admitted that “a lot can happen” over the next two months. With the Premier League tipped in United’s favour and with their experience in chasing until the very last hurdle, coupled with their favourable fixture list and historical precedence of increased form toward the end of seasons,
it would not be one of the more absurd soccer betting tips to suggest the
title could well once again belong to the red half of Manchester.