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Who has the advantage with 10 games left in the Premier League title run-in?
What a weekend of results at the top of the Barclays Premier League. The red half of Manchester won 2-0 at home to in form West Brom, while the blue half of the city lost 1-0 at Swansea. Manchester United are now top of the Premier League by a point with 10 games remaining in what could possibly be the most exciting title run-in for years. There are still likely to be plenty of twists and turns to go, and points to be gained and dropped, but a look at the remaining fixtures for both Manchester City and United seems to suggest United are now favourites. United have faced some tricky away fixtures of late, including trips to Chelsea, Norwich City and Tottenham, but now have 5 games which looking at on paper at least, they should secure maximum points in. In the same period, City face Chelsea at home, Stoke away, Sunderland and home, Arsenal away, and West Brom at home.
It’s far too early to predict who the champions will be come May, but Sir Alex Ferguson believes United will hold their nerve and told BBC sport “I don’t mind being top of the league at this stage”. Looking at the remaining fixtures, we’re sure few managers would argue.
Manchester United & Manchester City – Premier League Title Run-in Remaining Fixtures
Manchester United Date of Fixture Manchester City
|Wolves (a)||18 March / 21 March||Chelsea (h)|
|Fulham (h)||26 March / 24 March||Stoke (a)|
|Blackburn (a)||2 April / 31 March||Sunderland (h)|
|QPR (h)||8 April||Arsenal (a)|
|Wigan (a)||11 April||West Brom (h)|
|Aston Villa (h)||15 April / 14 April||Norwich (a)|
|Everton (h)||22 April||Wolves (a)|
|Man City (a)||30 April||Man Utd (h)|
|Swansea (h)||6 May||Newcastle (a)|
|Sunderland (a)||13 May||QPR (h)|
The Manchester derby on Monday, 30th April is likely to be the key clash that could yet decide the title, but Manchester City’s away trip to Newcastle in their penultimate game of the campaign, and United’s tough last match at the Stadium of Light also look like potential banana skins. Our feeling is that the champions will be the team that triumphs at the Etihad on derby day – a game that will surely give the victors the confidence to win their remaining fixtures – then again, it could be a draw!
What do you think? Will Manchester United hold on to their top spot until the end of the season on 13th May? Or do City still have what it takes to be crowned champions this season?