When you discuss the fortunes of Manchester’s finest – City and United – this season, you’d have to think that things have been more mixed than a bag of liquorice allsorts.
Life for both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at their new clubs so far has been as difficult and, at times, as petulant as a teenager going through puberty. Just watch some of their post-match interviews for proof!
Both City and United are firmly embroiled in the battle for Champions League spots and that war graces our TV screens on Sunday as they take on Swansea and Leicester respectively. Looking ahead to those contests we’ve put together a mega Manchester double that could deliver at just over 6/1.
Manchester City v Swansea City, Sky Sports 1, 1.30pm
After any iffy spell over the New Year period, Guardiola must have been delighted to see West Ham come up on the fixture list because his men just love playing at the London Stadium it seems.
They followed up their 5-0 FA Cup spanking of the Hammers at the start of January by handing out a 4-0 whopping to Slaven Bilic’s side this week. Seeing new signing Gabriel Jesus – who’s 7/2 to net first on Sunday – hit the ground running with a goal will have delighted the Spanish supremo, but the clean sheet his charges secured will have pleased him the most.
History suggests they won’t repeat the trick on Sunday against a resurgent Swansea outfit though, as they haven’t keep a clean sheet against the Swans since 2013 – a run of seven meetings.
Swansea have won their last two on the bounce and should cause a flap for the City defence at least once, but City’s greater squad depth should win out. We are going Man City to win with both scoring at 7/5 to open our double.
Leicester City v Manchester United, Sky Sports 1, 4pm
If Leicester’s form wasn’t so terrible of late you might have found this one hard to pick, but despite a draw at home to Hull last time out you’d have to tip United to pile more misery on the champions.
When in recent memory would you have been almost certain that the reigning Championship winners would beat the current Premier League champions? Well that’s exactly what happened in midweek when Burnley delivered on that hunch, downing Leicester 1-0 at Turf Moor – all be it to a late, disputed goal.
That was an incredible 12th defeat of the season for Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes – four times as many loses as last year when they wrote the greatest football story ever told.
When you take into account that Leicester have not scored in 2017, and they’ve lost their last three Premier League games to nil, then you’d have to go for Mourinho’s Red Devils to pick them off without netting at 13/8. Sometimes what starts as a fairy tale can become a horror show very quickly!
* All prices correct at time of posting