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Football: Punters in a rush to side with Sven's City.

Byline: By Dan Childs

HILLS have cut Manchester City from 7-2 to 3-1 to win Sunday's derby against Man United after reporting strong support for Sven- Goran Eriksson's men to claim a third successive victory.

City have won just one of the last ten clashes between the sides but there is a growing belief that they are starting to close the huge gap between themselves and their rivals.

Wednesday night's 1-0 victory over Derby ended a sequence of eight home league games without scoring and gave city keeper Kasper Schmeichel his second successive clean sheet.

Ladbrokes are betting on when City will concede their next goal and they make Sunday's derby clash the overwhelming 4-7 favourite.

United will be desperate to get their first victory of the season but Bet365 are offering odds of just 20-1 about them failing to win any of their next four league games.

United will have to turn things around without the help of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

Ronaldo's dismissal at Portsmouth suggests that he still has issues with his temperament and Betfred have made him just 11-10 to receive two more red cards during the remainder of the Premiership season.

Bet365 - Man Utd's first league win: 5-6 (a)Man City - Aug 19, 7-4 (h) Tottenham - Aug 26, 11-2 (h) Sunderland - Sep 1, 25 (a) Everton - Sep 15, 20 later.

Betfred - C Ronaldo league red cards between now and end of season: 4-6 one or less, 11-10 two-three, 20 four or more.

Hills - Man Utd's first league win: 5-6 (a) Man C - Aug 19, 15-8 (h) Tottenham - Aug 26, 9-2 (h) Sunderland - Sep 1, 33 (a) Everton - Sep 15, 80 (h) Chelsea - Sep 22, 100 (a) Birmingham - Sep 29, 100 later.

Ladbrokes - team to score first goal against Man City: 4-7 (h) Man U - Aug 19, 9-4 (a) Arsenal - Aug 25, 7 (a) Blackburn - Sep 2, 16 (a) A Villa - Sep 15.

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Man City players celebrate their winning goal against Derby on Wednesday, while Sir Alex Ferguson rues two more points dropped
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2007
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