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City aiming to take final step

City aiming to take final step


The Premier League title race could be done and dusted on Saturday evening when runaway leaders Manchester City face city rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

A win for the Citizens would wrap up the title, with six games still to play, and at 20/23 to claim all three points they offer little value while a draw at 14/5 may be a far better option.

Recent meetings between the two sides at the Etihad suggest that goals may be hard to come by, with this fixture last season ending goalless, while in the previous two seasons a single goal proved decisive.

With that in mind, 1-0 to the Citizens at 15/2 and 1-0 to the Red Devils at 11/1 both come into the picture.

United forward Jesse Lingard goes into the game with something to prove, having only found the net once in his last 10 club outings, and the England international is 33/10 to score at anytime.

For City, Kevin De Bruyne has hit something of a dry spell, having not scored since the end of January, a run of 10 scoreless appearances.

The Belgian is 16/5 to score at anytime on Saturday, with De Bruyne sure to be a key figure if City are to complete the job of becoming English champions once again.

Earlier in the day the derby focus lies just over 30 miles away when Everton play host to Liverpool, who will no doubt arrive buoyant after thumping Man City 3-0 in the Champions league in midweek.

They also make the short trip across Stanley Park boosted by the knowledge they have not lost any of their last 16 meetings with the Toffees.

However, the two meetings of the city rivals already this season, that ended 1-1 and 2-1 to the Reds, have been far from one-sided affairs.

Therefore 27/10 for a draw on Saturday becomes one to ponder if Everton can cut out the sort of errors that saw them fall three goals behind to Man City last weekend.

Another fact to think over is that both meetings of the Merseyside rivals earlier in the campaign featured penalties and so a spot-kick to be awarded on Saturday at 29/10 has plenty of merit.

Red cards have been a rarity in this match in recent times but should that trend be bucked, over 0.5 red cards at 51/20 could provide a decent return.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.