Belfast Telegraph

The Punter: Manchester City give punters the blues

Manchester City's defensive frailties came back to haunt them at Craven Cottage and manager Roberto Mancini must take the blame for the Citizens losing a 2-0 lead by making a silly substitution with City up 2-1.

David Silva was City's best player and controlling the midfield only for Mancini to revert to type in trying to hold what he had. It back-fired and had ‘acca' punters up and down the country cursing at Mancini's folly.

One McClean's customer wasn't though as he celebrated his 10-team accumulator which reaped in just over £34,000 for a £10 stake. He wisely avoided City.

The other half of Manchester was celebrating United's best ever start in the Premier League, even though they did have a touch of luck in their 3-1 win over Chelsea who showed they'll still be a threat to United, despite the Red Devils being cut to 4-5 to retain their title.

A cracking match highlighted by Wayne Rooney's penalty miss and Fernando Torres fluffing an open goal which would have made it a grandstand finish.

United are rated 10-1 to go through the Premier League unbeaten and 7-2 to match last season's undefeated run at Old Trafford. The latter is superb value. Chelsea have eased to 6-1 for the title while City are out to 11-4.

In the race for the Golden Boot Sergio Aguero's two at Fulham took him to eight and he's 7-2 to win outright with Rooney, on nine, heading the market at 9-4

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