Martinez - Title race too close to call

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez
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ROBERTO Martinez insists the Premier League title race remains too close to call heading in to the penultimate weekend of the campaign.

Manchester City took over at the top on goal difference after beating neighbours United 1-0 on Monday night.

And the title will be theirs for the first time since 1968 if they win their last two games at Newcastle and at home to QPR.

United, though, appear to have the easier run-in, entertaining Swansea this weekend before travelling to Sunderland.

And the Wigan boss is adamant there’s still time for either side to deliver the knockout blow. “I wouldn’t say either side has the advantage going into the last two games of the season,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“Manchester City have a vastly superior goal difference, but look at what happened last weekend with ourselves and QPR – things can change very quickly.

“Manchester United have been in this situation many, many times before, and they are playing at home this weekend. They will be looking to give their goal difference a big boost against Swansea, and then they have Sunderland away on the last day which they’ll feel is very winnable.

“On the other hand, Manchester City have got by far the more difficult run-in – Newcastle away, which is a very hard game, and QPR at home.

“Overall, all things considered, I feel the race for the title is still very open, and it should be exciting for the neutrals to see who comes out on top.”

City have been slashed to 1/2 favourites on the back of Vincent Kompany’s winning goal on Monday. But the Martinez pound will be staying firmly in his pocket for now.

“You could make a good case for both teams to be favourites at this moment in time,” he acknowledged.

“On Manchester United’s side is the more winnable fixtures, plus the experience and the know-how of having been there and having done it so many times before.

“If you are in Manchester City’s camp, you’d be pointing to the momentum and the positive feelings generated on Monday night, and the fact they end the season with a home game.

“If you are thinking of having a bet either way, I would say you have a real chance of losing your money whichever team you are thinking of betting on – because it’s too close to call.

“I think if Manchester United had won on Monday, they would have gone on to win the league, without question.

“But now you can forget about what has happened during the previous 36 weeks.

“It’s a new league now of two teams and two games – and both teams have a good chance of coming put on top.”