Thu, Apr 5, 11:45am by Staff Writer
Manchester United goes into this weekend’s home-town derby against Manchester City as the only thing standing in the way of the Pep Guardiola’s side claiming the Premier League title.
City leads the EPL by 16 points with seven matches remaining and can secure their third title in six years with a win at home on Sunday.
Second-placed United have shown considerable improvement under Jose Mourinho this season, despite being eliminated from the Champions League by Sevilla last month and failing to make a dent in City’s considerable EPL lead.
United is riding a five-game winning streak and still has a chance of a trophy if it can win its next two FA Cup matches.
City, meanwhile, has lost just one match all season and will have the extra motivation of not only claiming the EPL title at home this weekend, but by doing so at the expense of bitter rival United.
City beat United 2-1 when the teams last met in December and Sportsbet is paying just $1.83 to repeat the feat this weekend, with $4.20 for United and $3.50 for a draw.
Third-placed Liverpool can leapfrog United and take second spot if it wins its own derby against fellow-Merseysiders Everton on Saturday.
The Reds trail United by just two points, but cannot afford to lose against the underperforming Toffees with an in-form Tottenham just two points further back and ready to jump to second place.
Ninth-placed Everton has lost three of its last four matches and have not beaten Liverpool since 2010.
Liverpool, meanwhile, has impressed this season with its speed and attacking flair as was on display in an improbable 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals this week.
The Reds are paying $1.83 to claim the away win, with $4 for Everton and $3.60 for a draw.
Tottenham Hotspur will look to at least shore up its top-four position with a seemingly simple match against Stoke.
Spurs won its first match at Stamford bridge in 28 years last week with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea.
Tottenham now holds an eight-point lead over Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification, while Stoke sits second last on the table and looks destined for relegation.
Spurs crushed Stoke 5-1 when they last met in December and is on just $1.30 to win this week, with $10 for a loss and $5 for a draw.
Chelsea will be desperate for a win when it hosts West Ham after five defeats in its last seven EPL.
West Ham, meanwhile, took a big step toward avoiding relegation with an impressive 3-0 win over Southampton and will be brimming with confidence heading into the match.
Fourteenth-placed West Ham beat Chelsea 1-0 in December but is not expected to repeat the feat, with the Blues on just $1.22 to win, $12 to draw and $6 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Take Liverpool to Win to Nil: $3.40
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