Manchester City will look to keep the pressure on Manchester United with two season-defining weeks for both sides in the race for the title. City are title favourites at https://www.10bet.com/sports, but United are showing persistence and not letting the gap widen.
United’s 4-2 victory at Watford last night closed the gap to just five points, but with the Blues still to play tonight, the eight point cushion could be regained with a win.
A slip up by City against Southampton this evening, or one on Sunday against West Ham, could give their Mancunian rivals hope of catching the so-far insurmountable Blues.
It’s only the end of November, but the next two weeks will have a massive bearing on the rest of the campaign.
Just look at City’s loss to Chelsea at home last season on December 3, which was the moment a head-to-head title battle became a one horse race in the minds of Chelsea’s players.
The North London side pushed City away that day, ending the game four points ahead of Guardiola’s side and stretching that to 15 by the end of their title winning season.
The derby comes two matches deeper into the season than that Chelsea defeat, so a win, or perhaps a point in Manchester City’s case, is imperative to both team’s title challenge.
However, the games leading up to the derby are much more than prequels for the top two in England’s top flight.
The Blues hope to enter the derby with an eight point lead, while United need to win away at Arsenal on Saturday to keep the pressure on their rivals ahead of City’s match against West Ham.
Manchester City’s 18-game win streak has seemed to impose an inferiority complex onto each of their 13 opponents so far this season, and a loss this close to the derby could shatter that.
United head to The Emirates to take on Arsenal on Saturday before City’s home fixture on Sunday, where they are firm favourites to beat David Moyes’ side.
It’s a question of who can hold their bluff the longest, and if both teams enter the derby on winning form, we could be set for an enthralling battle at Old Trafford.