Manchester United are the new favourites for the Premier League title after the weekend’s play saw them move a point clear of neighbours and rivals Manchester City at the top of the table.
Trailing by two points going into the 28th round of fixtures, the Red Devils picked up all three points from their game against West Brom at Old Trafford.
This allowed them to fully capitalise on the Citizens’ 1-0 loss to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, where a Luke Moore strike proved enough for the Welsh side to pick up an historic victory.
With United now out in front and having the easier run-in – Man City still have to play four of the top seven, including their Manchester rivals at the Etihad, while the derby on April 30th is the only game Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have left to play against top seven opposition – their odds on retaining the title have been cut from 7/4 to 3/5.
With City holding home advantage going into that game and having a perfect record at the Etihad in the Premier League this season – they have 14 wins from 14 matches and have scored an average of three goals a game – they could yet be the best bets for the title.
Meanwhile, Man City have slipped from odds-on favourites at 13/20 to 27/20.
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However, according to Citizens boss Roberto Mancini, the weekend’s events were not significant in the context of the title race.
Instead, he believes the destination of the Premier League crown will depend on the Manchester derby on April 30th, which falls just three games before the end of the season.
“Today was not critical. I think this championship will be decided with three games to go,” he told BBC Sport.
With City holding home advantage going into that game and having a perfect record at the Etihad in the Premier League this season – they have 14 wins from 14 matches and have scored an average of three goals a game – they could yet be the best bets for the championship.
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