The Blades to cut City down to size
The title race may be over but there is still plenty to play for as Man City host Sheffield United. Can Chris Wilder’s side make a shock run at the top four? Have a read of our preview here:
City concede the title
"It is not realistic to think about catching Liverpool now," declared Guardiola after their shock defeat at Wolves. "I have been asked the question for a long time and it is the same answer.
"It is a really bad situation for us. A frustrating first half of the season. Nobody expected us to be this far away from Liverpool at this halfway point. We have to continue now. We know that winning the title is very complicated.
"Eighty minutes 10 against 11 is so tough, so demanding. We could not defend the result. We have to think of the next game and about winning our games."
It is the first time Guardiola has essentially admitted that there is no hope for City in catching Liverpool, but they have to be concerned about slipping further if anything.
Wolves have done the double over City this season and that defeat leaves them seven points ahead of fifth-place Man United – that gap no seems more important than the one at the top of the table.
Wilder at heart
The Blades have lost just once in the last 12 Premier League matches, an astounding effort when you consider the struggles of the sides that joined them in promotion last season.
Both Aston Villa and Norwich are entrenched in a relegation battle but Sheffield United have a realistic shot at finishing in the top four, although a European spot is more realistic. In truth, finishing in the top half would be a massive achievement but Chris Wilder has made his side so tough to beat that they have managed to pick up points in games where they looked dead and buried.
They sit just three points behind Chelsea as the race for a Champions League place remains wide open, largely thanks to Frank Lampard’s men current slump in form.
The Blades will be tested as they face Man City twice, Liverpool and Arsenal in the next five games but they have proven a lot of people wrong already this season so the cannot be taken lightly.
Man City vs Sheffield United betting tip
The way City defended against Wolves and given Sheffield United’s relentless ability this season backing both teams to score at even odds with Betfair is a good shout here.