The Premier League is drawing close to a conclusion, and tonight’s clash between the two Manchester clubs will have a significant bearing on how the final table pans out.
Manchester City currently trail Liverpool by two points but have this game in hand. A victory at Old Trafford tonight would give City the lead in the title race, with three winnable games to come. A defeat or draw would hand the initiative to Liverpool.
Manchester United are still in the running for a top four position and Champions League qualification. They thus also need the points but their form of late has not been good, culminating in Sunday’s debacle at Goodison Park.
While it’s difficult to believe United will be as bad as they were on Sunday, and they will be reluctant to roll over at Old Trafford to their local rivals, there is still a large gap in class between these two.
United won this equivalent fixture last year to temporarily halt City’s title charge, but we don’t see lightening striking twice. City have won their last 10 league games, conceding in only three of those, and we think they will win tonight.
This brings us to tonight’s bet. Raheem Sterling has received a lot of positive press of late for understandable reasons – his stance on racism in the game; his decision to pay for the funeral of a Crystal Palace youth player who died of leukaemia last month; and probably most importantly for this bet his play, he’s a leading candidate to be player of the year. This all suggests the 9/2 on offer for him to be man of the match could offer value.
Recommendation: Sterling to be man of the match, 1 pt, at 9/2, William Hill
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