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Open thread: how do you think tonight’s crucial Manchester derby will go?

City can go top of the Premier League with two games to go if they beat their local rivals United. Who do you fancy?

Face off: Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini.
Face off: Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini.
Image: Pa images

GARY NEVILLE CALLED it the biggest game in Premier League history yesterday. And he’s only slightly exaggerating.

Manchester City host their bitter rivals United at Eastlands tonight with — more or less — the title on the line.

Chasing their 20th top-flight crown, Alex Ferguson’s side lead their ‘noisy neighbours’ by three points but the Blues can return to the top with a victory this evening.

The title race looked over on 8 April of course, when United defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-0 and City lost at the Emirates Stadium, going down 1-0 to Arsenal. That meant the champions led by eight points with just six matches of the season left.

Enter Wigan Athletic.

Roberto Martinez’s strugglers pulled off a surprise 1-0 win over Manchester United on 11 April at the DW Stadium. On the same night, City put West Brom to the sword, winning 4-0. The gap was back to five points and City had some hope.

The blue side of Manchester had been desperately clinging to the chance they would win tonight’s derby showdown, but even then, the gap between the two sides would be two points. That was until David Moyes’ Everton came from 4-2 down to grab a stunning 4-4 draw at Old Trafford last Sunday.

Just hours later, goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasir gave City a 2-0 win at Wolves which relegated the losers. A Manchester derby is always an enticing prospect but Everton’s comeback has made this fixture season-defining for both clubs.

So, who do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments section below?

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