MANCHESTER hit their London rivals with a classic one-two on Boxing Day and it looks like United could face their toughest title test from City.
Victories for the northern stars put them first and second for the first time in Premier League history and that's the way it should look going into the New Year.
United should end Birmingham's run of draws against the big guns by leaving St Andrews with three points. And City can give their home record a boost by taking care of an Aston Villa side freefalling towards the drop zone.
Man United remain unbeaten in the league and with players such as Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs at the top of their game they had as easy a 2-0 win as you'll see against Sunderland on Sunday.
Dimitar Berbatov, who has always been a streaky scorer, hit both against Sunderland, and is 5-1 at Coral to break the deadlock.
Birmingham are 5-1 with Ladbrokes but I don't think they have the firepower to worry Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
City have won just four at home in the league this season and that form is holding back their title challenge. Impressive away wins at West Ham and Newcastle were sandwiched by an Eastlands loss to Everton and they've got to sort it out.
Luckily a meeting against a Villa side with just one win in eight under Gerard Houllier presents them with a perfect chance. They are a best 8-15 at Paddy Power and Carlos Tevez 9-2 at Coral to hit the first. Tevez is key to City's success and netted his first goals at Newcastle on Monday since his agreeing to stay at Eastlands.
Elsewhere in the EPL tonight the best bets could be Stoke at home to a Fulham side who looked poor in losing to West Ham at Craven Cottage on Sunday. Stoke, who won at Blackburn on Sunday, are 19-20 with Stan James.
West Brom missed a handful of easy chances in losing to Bolton and if the likes of Peter Odemwingie can show a bit more composure in front of goal they should beat a Blackburn outfit who may get struggle to going under Steve Kean. The Baggies are evens with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.
In the Championship, QPR were back to their best with a 4-0 thrashing of Swansea on Sunday and can add victory at Coventry. They are 6-4 with William Hill.
I also like Burnley at home to Scunthorpe and Norwich at home to Sheffield United but for all games outside the EPL check for postponements as there are likely to be a few.
- Man Utd, Man City, Spurs
- QPR (6-4, Hills)
- Birmingham 0, Man Utd 2 (6-1, Ladbrokes)