Back in October, the east side of Manchester was elated as their Blues had just run over title rivals Manchester United 6-1 and their own title prospects looked better than ever. City had a giant goal difference and were massacring every side they faced in the league. However, since the turn of the year, their form has slowed and has seen them eliminated from three different cup competitions. With only the league to fight for, Manchester City now has run into a difficult patch of fixtures and has only taken full points in one of the last six games.
On the other hand, City’s rivals Manchester United have taken off since the turn of the year and have even eliminated Manchester City from the FA Cup, but like their cross-town enemies the Reds have been eliminated from all of their cup competitions this year. United seemed to turn their season around after a shocking defeat to FC Basel in the last game of the Champions League first round in which United were awfully disappointing and manager Alex Ferguson made controversial team selections. The run in which Manchester United are on has seen them pass Manchester City in first and extend their lead to five points after their win against Blackburn Rovers 2-0 on Monday night.
To make it worse for City, Manchester United plays QPR on Saturday before Manchester City plays Arsenal, who are on a hot run of form themselves. If United win on Saturday, then their lead will become almost unassailable with an 8 point lead with only six games left. But, if Manchester United do not win, then City could climb to within 2 or 3 points with a win themselves and then possibly overtake United with a win over the Reds on April 30th.
Manchester United: Manchester City:
4/8 Vs QPR 4/8 Vs Arsenal
4/11 Vs Wigan 4/11 Vs West Brom
4/15 Vs Aston Villa 4/14 Vs Norwich City
4/22 Vs Everton 4/22 Vs Wolverhampton
4/30 Vs Manchester City 4/30 Vs Manchester United
5/6 Vs Swansea City 5/6 Vs Newcastle United
5/13 Vs Sunderland 5/13 Vs QPR