I can’t believe that City are unhappy with a potential fixture pile-up just because the Premier League game against West Ham at the Etihad on Sunday was postponed - a victim of Storm Ciara.
The fact is that successful teams stay in more knock-out competitions. And discounting the Prem, City are still on for a cup treble which is 12/1 at Betfred.
With City now on their mid-season break – don’t get me on that, but it is ridiculous – United take centre stage at Chelsea on Monday.
New boy Odion Ighalo – the former Watford striker signed from Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua – is 7/2 at Betfred to score anytime at the Bridge.
Eighth place United are 16/5 to beat Chelsea with the hosts odds on in what could be a pivotal game in the intriguing battle for a top four finish.
Meanwhile Carlo Ancelotti insists his in-form Everton can qualify for Europe – and they are the big movers at Betfred with the odds on them doing so now 40/1.
The Toffees were 20/1 for a top four finish in August, but as their season crashed and became a battle to avoid the relegation trap door, Betfred had them at 200/1.
Club legend Duncan Ferguson stopped the rot with managerial maestro Ancelotti masterminding a remarkable revival.
By beating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Goodison on Saturday, Everton have now picked up 22 points from 11 games with only runaway leaders and Merseyside rivals Liverpool picking up more.
Ancelotti has found a way of getting the most out of 11-goal Dominic Calvert-Lewin who is in the form of his career – and he’s 7/2 from 33/1 last month to make the watching Gareth Southgate’s Euro Championships squad this summer.
Surprise top four rivals Sheffield United won 2-1 at home to Bournemouth, leaving Everton seventh one place behind Spurs in the Premier League – and one point ahead of United.
For a top four finish Betfred have Leicester 1/12, Chelsea 4/7, Spurs 11/4, the Reds 15/2, Wolves 9/1, Sheffield United 12/1, Arsenal 33/1 – and Everton 40/1.
l Warrington could not be in a better frame of mind as they head over the Pennines for Sunday’s game at Wakefield.
Steve Price was naturally in a jubilant mood after the humbling of great rivals Saints last week.
He said: “I’m very pleased. To keep a quality team like St Helens to zero points is very pleasing and to back it up, it was a really good performance at Wigan even though we were beaten.
“We can go down swinging after a loss like that, but it was a really solid performance.
“Matty Ashton was superb, Mike Cooper had to play some big minutes through the middle third and Daryl Clark had some big moments. The most pleasing thing was we were playing with courage.”
His big problem now is to make sure the Wolves don’t have an After the Lord Mayor’s Parade performance at Wakefield who are still pointless this season having had their game with Catalans on Sunday postponed due to Storm Ciara.
That 19-0 win against the champions certainly set down a marker that this really could be Wire’s year…and the odds on Price’s Great Entertainers winning the Betfred Super League Grand Final on October 10 reflect that.
Warrington have been cut to 3/1 second favourites at Betfred to win the Old Trafford final, with Saints drifting slightly to 9/4 - remember we have only completed two rounds.
Wigan are 4/1 for Grand Final glory, while Hull FC are 11/2 – and Castleford, who could be the team to watch, are 10/1 shots.
Wolves are 2/7 to win at Wakefield with the hosts11/4. Tom Lineham is 9/1 to score first with fellow winger Josh Charnley 7/1.
Salford, who were solid enough beating Sonny Bill Williams and co of the Toronto Wolfpack 24-16 in round two, are at home v Huddersfield on Friday.
The Giants, who many pundits predicted were in for a season-long struggle to avoid relegation, are 5/4 to beat the Red Devils with Salford 8/11.
l Finally congratulations are in order for a long-serving sailor in the Royal Navy.
The now jubilant grandad from Devon has travelled the world – but after winning an amazing £290,756 from a £104 Canadian at Betfred he’s heading for somewhere he’s always wanted to visit bonny Scotland.
His win was boosted by an astonishing £194,000 thanks to our Best Odds Guaranteed promotion… a record amount for a horse racing bet during our 52-year existence.
The super-generous sailor has already given £500 to each of the five employees at the Betfred shop at Derry’s Cross in Plymouth.
He said: “I want to see all the pretty girls in Scotland, and everyone tells me the scenery is also nice. It is somewhere I’ve never been but always wanted to go.”
It took no more than two minutes to make his five selections – including Skewiff in the 16.00 at Carlisle and Aristo du Plessis half an hour later at the same meeting.
The latter gave his bet a huge boost, drifting from 15/2 to 10/1 at the off.
He also had Hot Hot Hot in the 18.30 at Wolverhampton, Via Serendipity in the 19.00 – and finally Jack Berry House in the 19.30.
After his triumph, the jolly sailor said: “I’ve been coming to Betfred for 20 years, always betting on the horses.
“I’ve won before, but never this much. I can’t believe that my winnings have been boosted by nearly three times.
“I came in and just went ‘tick, tick, tick’. It took me less than two minutes to make my selections.
“I was just very, very lucky.”
Here’s the proof that if you bet with us you can pick up amazing bonuses. It really does take some believing that this fella has picked up almost £200,000 extra.
He can have a few nice malt whiskies on me!