Journal

The Manchester Derby

The battle of the two Manchester clubs

At the time of writing Manchester City’s grip on the top spot in the Premier League seems to be beyond challenge. After 30 games this season they have amassed 81 points from a possible 90 and there are only 4 teams who could possibly catch them should the leaders form be dramatically reversed. With one Premier League record already in the bag (18 consecutive wins), there are 9 more that they could break or equal over the course of the next 10 games. Our favourite scenario would be City arriving at Old Trafford on the 7th of April all set to take the record for the earliest Premier League title win away from the current holders. United won the 2000-01 season with 5 games remaining. City could do it this season with 6 games still to play. It’s worth noting that you can get odds of 250/1 on MUFC winning the league while to win £1 on the back of City topping the table would you need to invest £2000 with bet365 (other online bookmakers are available). Comparing the situation at the top of the Sportstar Influencer Premier League list we see a similar picture of dominance but with the roles reversed. We have Manchester United out in front with Manchester City in a respectable but still quite distant second place. We’re not ignoring City’s remarkable run of form this season, the sheer level of excitement and interest generated by this outstanding performance has helped them overtake Chelsea who, with a social fanbase of over 70 million, might expect to wield more influence than City. When it comes to clout however United are still the social media monsters of the premier league. Their consistent emphasis on brand engagement has won them over 100 million fans putting them in a very select group of clubs. It’s possible that City will go on to break all those records this season and maybe that will generate sufficient buzz for our algorithms to move them up to the number one spot for influence within the league but I’m not sure I’d bet on it.