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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Title Race Is On...Again!

Remember when Man City were cruising towards Premier League earlier in the season? Remember when Man United stole the lead and went eight points clear? If you do recall the former or latter, you'd be struggling to figure out how we're in the position we are in now. United lead City by just the three points after a few fatal slips and a sudden ressurgance in form by Mancini's side, in which one Carlos Tevez was the catalyst (you wouldn't have been expecting anyone to say that a few months ago). Now, the blue and red halves of Manchester certainly have an interesting few weeks on their hands, starting with a potential title decider at the Ethihad next week.

United are probably in the worse position at this point. Their confidence should have taken quite of a knock after the 4-4 thriller against Everton (in which they were 4-2 with only ten minutes left). Dropping five points in the last three games has allowed City to within touching distance on their Mancurian counterparts, and this can partially be blamed upon sub-standard defending, which was certainly evident on Sunday (there was no defender within a few miles of Fellaini when he volleyed in number three).

City on the other hand, have conceded twice in the last five games, while their goalscoring abilites have proved as impeccable as ever; the net buldging 12 times in this month alone. It seems that Mancini's tactic of saying "No... we have no chance... the title race is finished" in every post-match interview has done wonders in messing with Sir Alex's mind. With all of their attacking players in outstanding form, it seems as if the title is now destined for Eastlands. But both teams have challenging fixtures after the Manchester derby. City need to visit Newcastle (who BeeTeeSports backed to win fourth place in the last article) and United play Swansea at home, who defeated their local rivals 1-0 last month.

United (H) - Win
Newcastle (A) - Loss
QPR (H) - Win

City (A) - Loss
Swansea (H) - Draw
Sunderland (A) - Win

Man City will completely batter the Red Devils on goal difference, but I'm agreeing with Mancini and sticking to what I said earlier in the season: Sir Alex's side will be able to win the title (and if I fail in my prediction, feel free to post as much laughter in the comment box as you want...)

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