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ONE of the matches of the English season takes place tonight and it looks incredibly tough to call.

Eastlands is the venue for the 155th Manchester derby between City and United and it could go either way.

It might not be as heated as Hibs v Hearts (did you see Sunday's explosive encounter) but should be a cracker that will end in a way win going by the stats.

That's not always the way it works though but United, with five wins out of six against their neighbours, usually rise to the challenge.

City's run of poor form coincided with Carlos Tevez's injury but if the Argentine returns as expected to face his former side then Robert Mancini's men will have a chance. If he doesn't play then forget it.

United have selection problems with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Nani and Ryan Giggs out but Sir Alex Ferguson's side remain unbeaten this season and know how to get the job done.

I'm sure Fergie would accept a draw but they might even sneak a win as they did in places such as Valencia. United are a best 15-8 at Chandler and evens with Hills on the draw no bet market.

City are 17-10 with Paddy Power while Tevez, with four in five games against United, is 9-1 with Ladbrokes to score first.

Considering City have kept just two clean sheets at home in their last nine the best bet could be both teams to score at 4-5 with bodog.

Leaders Chelsea are very short at home to Fulham so instead back them at 8-13 with Betfred minus one or 6-4 at bodog minus two.

Arsenal could drop more points at Wolves where a draw could be on the cards. Wolves performed well in 2-1 defeats to Man Utd and Chelsea recently and in between them beat Man City 2-1 at home so they are no longer pushovers.

Now that Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are back in the goals Liverpool can see off Wigan away. The Reds, who have won four in a row since new owners came in, are a best 4-5 at Paddy Power while Torres, with his confidence restored after a double against Chelsea, is 4-1 with Coral to score first.

And if there's a shock it could be at Aston Villa where Blackpool are capable of competing with Gerard Houllier's side. The Tangerines are a best 9-2 with Hills and bodog and tempting at 4-1 with totesport on the draw no bet market.

Newcastle, after that fantastic win at Arsenal, will expect to beat Blackburn at home and are evens with Ladbrokes. Kevin Nolan, who hit a hat-trick in his last St James' Park outing against Sunderland, is the man to back at 6-1 (bet365) to score first.


  • Liverpool
  • Chelsea -1
  • Newcastle



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