Shipped from Abroad, England: Slim odds were still odds for Manchester City


Manchester United fans may spend the next week consoling themselves that, despite their club’s English Premier League lead having dwindled to three points, the venerable wizard at the team’s helm has navigated these storms before. Yeah, Manchester City can now take control of league with a win in next Monday’s derby at East-tihad Stadium, but how many times has Alex Ferguson been through this? And how many times has he won the title? Surely, as United fans might claim, this is just an unfortunate but not entirely foreign part of another title campaign.

It’s a view Ferguson didn’t share moments after his team gave up a late, two-goal lead on Sunday as Manchester United were by Everton, 4-4.

“A throw away, an absolute giveaway,” Ferguson said, his club having taken a 4-2 lead into the 83rd minute. “I can’t believe it.”

It was only the third time in the Premier League era Manchester United had conceded four times at home. And it’s not like Everton’s attack rivals Man City’s or Arsenal’s. Coming into the match, the Toffees had registered 38 goals in 33 games, only 17 of those scores coming away from Goodison. As much as you want to credit Everton for another spirited late-season performance, Manchester United’s defending was the main culprit.

Now the team’s in line to face the league’s best attack, on the road, in a match Ferguson confesses is both title-decider and biggest Manchester Derby of his 25-year tenure at United’s helm. And perhaps most important: Manchester City’s actually good again.

Two weeks ago, that wasn’t the case. With a pathetic performance in a 1-0 loss at Arsenal, City finished a five-match run claiming only four points. Conversely, Manchester United had won four matches in a row, but after City confirmed Wolves’ relegation with their 2-0 victory at the Molineux, the tables have turned. Manchester City have won three in a row, outscoring their opponents 12-1 in the process. United, despite scoring nine times, have a loss and a draw in their last three matches.

It’s all made people like me look like idiots (not a bad thing). The Premier League title race was considered “dormant” (if I can quote myself), with three things needing to happen in order for it to be resuscitated: Manchester City would need to be perfect; Manchester United would have to stumble, probably three times; and the changes would need to happen with then-immediate effect. Given the trajectories each club was traveling, the odds were very slim.

But they were still odds, and here we are: Seven days from one of the biggest Mondays in Premier League history. If the last two weeks have taught us anything, predictions are useless. Who knows which City, which United will show up on Monday, but with David Silva, Samir Nasri and Carlos Tévez all coming good, Manchester United fans should be as worried as their club’s manager.

Elsewhere in England

All results
Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Norwich City
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Swansea City
Fulham 2-1 Wigan Athletic
Newcastle United 3-0 Stoke City
Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 4-4 Everton
Liverpool 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Champions League: Manchester United (83 pts/35 gp), Manchester City (80/35), Arsenal (65/35), Newcastle (62/34)
Europa League: Tottenham (59/34), Chelsea (58/34) [Liverpool already qualified]

Stuff that suck out:

  • Even if Manchester United claims the title, I can’t argue with anybody who wants to place David Moyes’ season above Alex Ferguson’s. With West Brom winning at Anfield on Sunday, Everton looks an even better bet to finish above Liverpool.
  • Even when he’s coaching the opposition, Liverpool’s players can’t seem to put in a good performance for Roy Hodgson. The former Reds boss won his return to Anfield, re-igniting skepticism of Kenny Dalglish’s future.
  • After five straight losses, Blackburn woke up. They beat visiting Norwich to climb into 18th place, three points back of 17th Wigan. QPR, another relegation-battler, got a shock win over Tottenham to climb to 34. Just a guess, but it looks like 36 points could keep you up, this year.
  • At the other end of the table, Newcastle’s chances of qualifying for 2012-13’s Champions League have gone from “yeah, that’d be cool” to “this is happening” thanks to Harry Redknapp. The Magpies deserve credit, having won six in a row since losing at the Emirates in mid-March, but Tottenham’s slide since the England manager’s job opened up has been enough to make The FA reconsider Redknapp. With only two league wins in the last two months, Redknapp seems to be endorsing Roy Hodgson for the England job.
  • But while we’re talking about managers, let’s stop to give some credit to Martin Jol. The Fulham boss started slowly as his team struggled to adjust to a new style. The former Spurs’ boss’s insistence that the Cottagers play the ball out of the back created a lot of awkward moments. Fulham, however, have adjusted, and thanks to strong seasons from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembélé, sit on 46 points (in ninth place) after their Saturday win over Wigan. If he can keep the team together, you’d expect Jol to challenge at the edges of Europe next season.

Up next: Monday’s Manchester Derby will overshadow the Premier League week, which includes Bolton’s Tuesday visit to Villa Park, making up a game cancelled in the wake of Fabrice Muamba’s White Hart Lane collapse.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

[ LIVE: Manchester City vs Inter Milan ]

The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

Dates: 3pm ET June 10, 2023
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How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+

What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


Champions League Final odds (Betting odds provided by our partner, BetMGM )

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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


UEFA Champions League Final: Key battles for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Manchester City’s quest for the treble hits its final obstacle when Inter Milan goes toe-to-toe with the Premier League and FA Cup champions in Istanbul at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Pep Guardiola’s weren’t at their very best against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final and still walked away with its second trophy of the season.

But City’s final two Premier League matches saw dropped points. The stakes were non-existent and the team quite changed by Guardiola, who’s known to fancy a tactical wrinkle. How will things change this weekend?

[ MORE: Man City vs Inter Milan preview, watch info ]

It would be stunning if Inter boss Simone Inzaghi came out in anything but a 3-5-2, which has been his go-to formation for Inter Milan this season regardless of opponent.

But might Inzaghi have something up his sleeve?

Inter’s only losses in the Champions League came in the group stage versus Bayern Munich. Add in their setbacks in Serie A and there’s still been no standard recipe for beating Inter. There isn’t one for Man City, either, of course.

Kevin De Bruyne vs Marcelo Brozovic

If there’s a single player capable of messing with Pep Guardiola’s plan to control the game and get the ball to his creators in dangerous spots, it’s Croatian veteran Marcelo Brozovic. The 30-year-old is a force who can both be the club’s metronome and break up the opposition’s best attacks. There are few players in the world like De Bruyne, but he needs to be found in space and City needs the ball to do that. Brozovic can be a big part of limiting both of those things.

Erling Haaland vs Francesco Acerbi

Maybe the two names need to be switched in order, because Acerbi is going to have his hands full with Haaland. The question is whether the 35-year-old Acerbi, still very good but no longer in his prime, can use his nous and vast experience to limit Haaland’s chances to do the exceptional. Haaland, meanwhile, just has to be himself. Ask yourself who’s being asked more.

Andre Onana vs Man City’s attack

Picking one player, even Haaland or De Bruyne, for this battle is unfair to the exercise because let’s be real. There is no chance that Inter Milan wins this game without a supreme moment or two from its goalkeeper. Andre Onana has played every Champions League match for Inter and has had his fair share of outstanding performances. He’s outperformed expected goals on target by 6.7 goals over the course of the tournament.

UEFA Champions League odds, predictions for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Erling Haaland to score a goal at -165? Man City to win at -200?

Yep, Manchester City are the clear favorites to win the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul on Saturday, and the oddsmakers are daring prognosticators to select Inter Milan as treble-ruining upstarts.

In fact, Haaland’s odds to bag a brace, at +350, are better than most players’ odds of scoring at all, with the Norwegian forward’s running mates all around him.

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The only Inter Milan player inside the top ten best odds to score on Saturday is Lautaro Martinez, with “no goal scorer” appearing before the next Inter player’s name arrives on the list (Romelu Lukaku).

How about a correct score? The most likely outcomes are, in order according to BetMGM, 1-0 Man City, 2-0 Man City, and 1-1 after 120 minutes.

And if Inter wins, the odds suggest that 1-0 is the likeliest finish (although 0-0 has better odds).

Champions League Final odds

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Inter Milan (+500) vs Man City (-200) | Draw (+333)

Over/under: Over 3.5 goals (+200). Under 3.5 goals (-275)

Man City to lift the trophy (-450)

Inter to lift the trophy (+275)

Both teams to score (-110)

Champions League Final predictions

Inter Milan is going to surprise many with its quality of play and may even get on the board, but it’s difficult to predict anything but a Manchester City win, isn’t it? Let’s call it a fitting three goals for the treble winners, with Inter nabbing one to keep it interesting in Istanbul.