Newcastle and Manchester City go head to head this weekend in one of the biggest games of the Premier League season in a contest neither team can afford to lose, as Ladbrokes offer free bets on Super Sunday and have Roberto Mancini’s men as odds on favourites.
The home side are chasing Champions League qualification of course, while City are after the biggest prize in English football – the Premier League title.
Roberto Mancini’s men know that two wins in their final two games will more than likely hand them the title and this means the pressure is on. It was of course on during their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Monday, but they were underdogs for the title at this stage.
They will be feeling a different type of pressure now though as everyone expects them to win the league. They are leading the way with two games to go and all of a sudden, it is theirs to throw away.
The Citizens are in a decent run of form though – they have won four games in succession since losing at Arsenal – and this is what they should focus on. The phrase ‘one game at a time’ has never been more appropriate.
As for Newcastle, they are well in the mix for third position this season and they deserve massive credit for this. It certainly seems hard to believe that they were a Championship team two years ago.
Now, after winning 2-0 at Chelsea to move to within a point of Arsenal, people are saying they are only three top quality players away from challenging at the very top of English football on a consistent basis.
They will not be looking that far ahead for now though and instead Alan Pardew’s men will be targeting six points from their remaining two games to give themselves a chance of automatic Champions League qualification.
This weekend’s clash is a tough test for them of course, but they have faced many this season and come out on top. Who is going to rule out in-form striker Papiss Cisse firing the home side to yet another famous victory?
There is so much at stake and this one gets underway at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon.