Today at 1.30, a match kicks off that could decide the fate of Manchester United’s Premier League season. The funny thing though, is that they’re not even involved.
Instead it is Newcastle who host the current league leaders Man City, with the Red Devils knowing that a City win could effectively seal the title for the Citizens.
Following their 1-0 win against United last weekend, it is City who lead the Premier League on goal difference. And with 8 goals difference between the goal differences of the two Manchester clubs, it would be almosts impossible for the Reds to overturn should City secure 6 points from their last 2 games.
And with a home game against QPR next week for Man City, it is today’s game where United will feel most confident of them dropping points.
Newcastle will prove even tougher opponents for the league leaders as they are playing for a Champions League spot of their own. With Arsenal dropping points against Norwich, 3rd place is very much up for grabs for the Magpies, meaning that any risk of finishing fourth and still not qulaifying due to Chelsea winning the Champions League could be nullified.
Man City will have to keep January signing Papiss Cisse quiet if they want any chance of overcoming the Toon Army. The Senegalese striker has struck 13 goals in just 12 Premier League games, including a potential goal of the season midweek against Chelsea.
Combining with Cisse are Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, who have pulled all the strings in recent weeks at the North East club, and Newcastle will be very aware that a win today would leave them in prime position for a top 4 finish.
Man City have all to play for today, and with the returning Carlos Tevez ironically being the man to lead their recent surge to the top of the table, today’s clash is all set for an explosive encounter.
Who will come out on top though?
Manchester United will be cheering for another moment of Cisse magic, and with it, Newcastle may just win them the title.
Who will win the Premier League? Which teams will fill the Champions League places? Let me know your thoughts – comment below…