Manchester United need only to win their next two matches to claim their 20th Premier League title, according to Roberto Mancini. The Red Devils could, depending on the performance of their rivals, Manchester City, go eight points clear of the Blues by Sunday.
“If we go eight points behind then it is finished”, Mancini lamented. “It’s clear we are disappointed. We have made some mistakes, me and the team. We have also been unlucky, like losing three or four key players at an important moment.”
Alex Ferguson's team currently have a game in hand over all but three other teams in the division. They will play relegation candidates, Blackburn Rovers, tonight, to even out the fixtures list and the soccer betting tips are predicting a United victory.
If United defeat Blackburn, the Reds will be sitting on treasure horde of some 76 points at the top of the table, compared to City's 71. The only way forward for the latter team, in such a scenario, would be a defeat of Arsenal on Sunday, and punters who bet on soccer games seems split as to how that close match will pan out.
They would also require Queens Park Rangers to beat Manchester United on the same day, a tall order indeed, given that the Red Devils have not lost since January 4, when they were mauled 3-0 by Newcastle United.
If everything aligns correctly for Manchester City, the side will require just two points to overtake United at the top of the Premier League, with six games remaining of the 2011/12 campaign.
The season could, as Mancini has previously suggested, be settled in spectacular fashion on April 30, when the Manchester Derby takes place at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal and Spurs, in third and fourth place, respectively, have an outside chance of catching the second-place City. Arsenal, for example, would need to win their next five games, while hoping that
City lose all of their encounters in April.