Another fine guess, Ollie?
- Sun 06 May 2012, 9:09AM
- Posted by David Clayton
There are plenty of opinions on who will go into the final Premier League weekend in pole position in Sunday's Press coverage.
Roberto Mancini has warned repeatedly that City’s final two games are tougher than United’s, and until the final whistle has blown at the Sports Direct Arena and Old Trafford, we won’t know if he was right or not.
That, of course, hasn’t stopped pundits and journalists speculating on what they believe will happen.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has a regular column in the Independent on Sunday, but despite a detailed breakdown of both Manchester clubs’ title credentials, Ollie is sitting on the fence.
Comparing Mancini with Sir Alex Ferguson, he says : “This is too hard to call because you can’t knock what Mancini has done. I love him. He looks the part for starters with his expensive coats and beautiful hair.
When we played City last season he looked like an Armani model. I looked like a plonker from Bristol
Ollie believes both teams will win their final two games, but also says United will eat into the Blues’ goal difference advantage without tipping either team in his summing up.
Staying with the same paper, Martin Hardy concentrates on Newcastle’s fine end to the season and interviews Magpies’ boss Alan Pardew at length.
With the Toon aiming for an incredible third-placed finish, Pardew believes his team have what it takes to gate-crash the usual domain of the ‘Big Four’ - three of whom could miss out on a top four finish depending on results this and next weekend.
Pointing out his side’s impressive defensive record, Pardew says: “We have got 15 clean sheets so far, that is the best ever for Newcastle in 38-game season. That has gone unnoticed with all the Papiss Cisse goals. It speaks volumes for the work-rate of this team.
“I know it is going to be electric on Sunday. I know Manchester City have been applauded for the atmosphere they have had this season. Well they ain’t seen nothing yet. Of course I’m excited. My players are excited.
“The motivation for this game for me is that I don’t have to do anything. What we have to get right is the call at half-time and the call on substitutions. That could be significant.”