It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that one more slip-up could end Manchester City’s title challenge.
It’s certainly difficult to foresee Manchester United throwing away a big lead for the second season in a row.
Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment at Southampton was intriguing. He has shown since that he doesn’t lack confidence when he played four attackers at Old Trafford. Last Weekend, only Shaun Maloney’s late strike denied him what would’ve been an impressive win at Wigan.
Still, they have hauled themselves out of the relegation zone following a run of just one defeat in seven league games.
City have less points, less goals and a worse goal difference than they had at this stage last season. And while they haven’t lost since Dec 26th, two successive draws have given Manchester United what could be a decisive nine-point lead at the top.
The absence of Vincent Kompany, Edin Dzeko’s potential selection instead of Carlos Tevez, and young Luke Shaw’s battle with James Milner are some of the key battles to look at in the build-up to Saturday evening’s game.