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A supreme shoot-out

Ed and Gary ready to bring you the MNF show of the season

Ed Chamberlin - Ed Chamberlin Posted 26th April 2012 view comments

What a day Monday promises to be! As the Sky Sports promo says, it's "unmissable".

It doesn't get much bigger or better than a title shoot-out in a Manchester derby on the Monday Night Football - Manchester City against Manchester United.

This will be by far the biggest show I've presented and I hope you'll be able to join Gary Neville and I from 7pm on Sky Sports 1HD - the game will also be shown in Sky 3D.

Rivalries renewed: Rooney and Tevez tussle in 2010. Who will come out on top this time?

Rivalries renewed: Rooney and Tevez tussle in 2010. Who will come out on top this time?

There will be so much to discuss with Gary in that first hour. Where will the game be won and lost, the key areas and players? We'll look back on previous meetings and that incredible derby in October and analyse both teams' current form.

Absorbing

For Sky Bet the game will not just be the highest turnover game of the season but the biggest single game in the history of the company. Sky Bet alone expect turnover to hit a million pounds for the first time ever on an individual match. This promises to be the biggest single betting game in the history of the Premier League.

Sky Bet alone expect turnover to hit a million pounds for the first time ever on an individual match. This promises to be the biggest single betting game in the history of the Premier League.

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Man City v Man Utd
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Sky Bet's odds on the match are fascinating with Manchester City the favourites at 6/5, United at 15/8 and the draw a 5/2 shot. Sky Bet have 51 other markets to get your teeth in to. For example, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney are all joint-favourites to score the game's first goal at 11/2, it's 14/1 that there will be no goal-scorer, and 11/10 that there will be more than 2.5 goals.

The title odds reflect what an absorbing and unpredictable title race this has been. The biggest price Manchester United have been was 3/1 on the 11th January, the shortest was 1/40 only a couple of weeks ago. Now it's all change again and game on after the dramas of Super Sunday with Sky Bet chalking up United at 4/9 and City at 7/4. That's sure to change at 10pm on Monday.

Highlight

Before we get to the big game on Monday I've got a busy schedule. I'll be hosting the end of season awards at Sandown Park on Saturday alongside Racing UK's Nick Luck.

It will be fun to celebrate what has been a brilliant season over the jumps and I'm particularly looking forward to giving AP McCoy the trophy for his 17th jockey's title. That is one of THE great achievements in sport.

Synchronised gave him the high point and low point of the season but his ride in the Gold Cup was my highlight of the season by some distance. Three leading ladies - Dame Judi Dench, Jenny Agutter and Dame Kelly Holmes - will be joining me for the awards so it should be a lot of fun. After that I'll be racing down to what 'might' be a promotion party at St Mary's....

Super Sunday comes from White Hart Lane this week and we've got two really good games on the show with the focus on Champions League qualification and the battle to avoid relegation.

First up it's Chelsea (1/3) against Queens Park Rangers (7/1), where I hope the headlines will be made by the football not handshakes or confrontation. Chelsea are in the middle of a brutal set of fixtures and how on earth do they pick themselves up after that herculean effort in Barcelona? I can see money coming for QPR at 7/1.

Tottenham (4/11 to win on Sunday) now know that fourth place in the league may not be good enough to qualify for the Champions League. They need to turn their form around against a Blackburn (7/1) side that is scrapping for its Premier League life.

History is on Tottenham's side as they look for their 50th win against Blackburn in all competitions. Spurs have won the last five meetings and won the last three at White Hart Lane, scoring seven goals in the last two but would you take 4/11 about Tottenham in their current form?

After Super Sunday it will be a night in London and then time to prepare for the Monday Night Football. Don't miss it.

Super 6

Everton 2-0 Fulham - Everton have never lost at home to Fulham in the League

Stoke 0-3 Arsenal - Stoke with little to play for

Sunderland 1-0 Bolton - Sunderland have won the last 3 meetings at the Stadium of Light

Swansea 3-1 Wolves - more misery for Wolves

WBA 2-1 Aston Villa - worrying times for Villa

Wigan 2-0 Newcastle - Wigan have won 4 of the 5 PL meetings at the DW Stadium

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