City fans could well be getting out their Sunday best to celebrate being crowned Premier League champions.
Pep Guardiola’s team will first need to pick up all three points at Crystal Palace in the Saturday lunchtime kick off AND United lose to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It is of course a given that City will be champs sooner rather than later with United runners up so I was right for once to pay out early on the Blues!
The battle for a top four finish is proving much less predictable with Leicester making a half decent fist of it consolidating third spot with five games to go.
Betfred have the Foxes 1/6 for a top four finish with Chelsea 8/15, out of sorts champions Liverpool 9/4, West Ham 4/1, Spurs 8/1 while Everton are 28/1 – and Arsenal have drifted right out to 200/1.
Here’s an interesting point but if there had not been that brilliant fans’ backlash against any idea of an American-style closed shop European Super League then in seasons to come United-Liverpool in the Prem would have been a dead rubber!
This time Liverpool have so much more to play for than United as they chase fourth place - a minimum requirement for their demanding yet this season bemused supporters.
CONGRATULATIONS from me to a college worker from Hertfordshire who won £4,219 at Betfred with an 11p Goliath.
He successfully predicted the results of EIGHT English and Spanish matches, and now he plans to celebrate by taking his wife to the top hotel in London for a slap-up meal.
He fell asleep during the afternoon of the matches, and when he woke up he realised that Nottingham Forest had equalised against Birmingham in the 98th minute to ensure his brilliant bet was a winner!
THE BIG clash in the Betfred Super League is undeniably Wigan v Hull.
Oldham-born Paul Sculthorpe knows more about things than me - and he reckons the Warriors will just have too much for the Black and Whites.
After four games there is a distinctly familiar look about the top of the table with current champions Saints boasting a 100 percent winning record, alongside fellow 2020 Grand Finalist Wigan.
Next up for Saints are Betfred Super League new boys Leigh.
Legend Sculthorpe who was co-commentating the Centurions-Salford game last Friday says it was one of the worst Betfred Super League games he’s ever witnessed.
Leigh boss John Duffy agrees admitting he was furious about the way his team performed…but more the way they let their heads drop and ‘gave in’.
Sculthorpe, who is a RL pundit on Betfred TV, believes my home town club Salford were equally as poor for many parts of the game despite recording their first win of the season with the experienced Kevin Brown directing the show and scoring two tries.
So, it doesn’t look like getting any easier for Leigh, and as Sculthorpe says a Saints win looks like an absolute shoo-in.
This Saturday will seed the likely debut of superstar Greg Inglis – Warrington’s latest marquee signing from Australia.
The ex-South Sydney Rabbitohs star, who has 39 caps for Australia, is reportedly match fit and ready for his comeback game.
Wolves are 1/6 at Betfred to beat ex-boss Tony Smith’s Hull KR, who are 7/2, at the weekend – and Inglis is 6/4 to score anytime.
Toby King, the club’s top try-scorer with four this season, is 2/1 to cross the white line first, or 6/4 to score anytime.
It was a bit of a stop-start performance from the Wire against Catalans at the weekend, with Blake Austin not figuring at all in the 24-8 victory in France.
Coach Steve Price now has a huge dilemma about whether Austin returns for Saturday, and indeed whether to start new boy Inglis.
But as all coaches in all sports will say, that’s a decent headache to have – although the key is to find a way of keeping the whole camp happy.
Warrington, bolstered by the win in Perpignan, need to keep on the winning trail with great rivals St Helens and Wigan dominating affairs at the top..
That’s reflected in the current odds to win the Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 9, with Saints 2/1 favourites and Wigan 9/2 – while Warrington look tempting at 11/2.