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After winning the league last season in the most dramatic of fashions, Manchester City now find themselves nine points behind neighbours and arch-rivals Manchester United, who also have home field advantage when City make the short trip across Manchester to Old Trafford in April.

As a fan who was present at the Etihad when Sergio Aguero’s right boot made history, I want to feel the euphoria I felt on that eventful day many more times in the future, and even as soon as May of this year, and I believe I may well do. Be assure City fans, this title race is not over yet.

3. Leads Can Slip

After Manchester City’s abysmal away performance against Arsenal which saw them lose 1-0 and have the polarizing Mario Balotelli sent off, United extended their lead at the top of the table to 8 points, the same tally they once led by earlier in the season. It appeared that the title was headed to Old Trafford for a second year in succession, however after a few freak results which saw United let slip a 2 goal lead at home to Everton to draw, and lose at Wigan, the title race was back on, re-enforced even further by City’s tying of the points tally with a win over the Red Devils.

City and United both went on to win their final two games of the season, with United beating Swansea and Sunderland, and City grinding out two hard fought results against Newcastle penultimately and QPR finally with Sergio Aguero’s last gasp winner. Last season is all the evidence we need to know that the saying ‘it’s not over until the final whistle’ couldn’t be more true.

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This article was first posted on February 7, 2013