Newcastle will be Man City’s biggest test in the title run-in

Sharethematch.com reckons Manchester City's trip to Newcastle United will be their toughest test in the run-in

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Manchester City make the trip to St James' Park on 6 May PA Photos

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Newcastle will be a bigger test for City than United

Sunday’s results blew the title race wide open and set up a mouth-watering clash between the two Manchester giants next Monday, but that game will mean nothing if City fail to concentrate for every second of their final three fixtures.

United were bound to slip up at some point, they have been below par for much of the season in terms of performance but still managed to grind out results yet City haven’t got it in the bag just yet.

The derby game will be a one-off, there’s no question City’s players will be up for it and will probably head into the game as favourites, but even a win wouldn’t guarantee the Premier League trophy making its way to the Etihad Stadium.

Newcastle United lie in wait and in their current form that is arguably a tougher task for Roberto Mancini’s troops – let their guard slip and the Magpies will pounce.

And even if they come through both of those games, Mark Hughes will be desperate to deny his former employers the glory he couldn’t achieve while also trying to keep his Queens Park Rangers side up on the final day of the season.

Walcott injury a blessing in disguise for England

Theo Walcott is apparently out for the rest of the season but will be fit for Euro 2012. What a shame.

Walcott is very hot and cold when playing for Arsenal, but seems to have been more cold than hot this season.

He will play no part in the Gunners’ search for Champions League football next year after picking up a hamstring injury in the goalless draw with Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger believes he will be back in time to travel with England to Euro 2012 but whoever is in charge should use Walcott’s injury as an excuse to leave him at home.

Except for his hat-trick performance against Croatia, Walcott has hardly lived up to expectations in a Three Lions shirt.

In fairness to the Arsenal winger, the England team hasn’t performed for some time but with this summer’s tournament on the horizon, Aaron Lennon is a better choice for the right midfield role.

Tottenham Hotspur are a far more dangerous side when Lennon is flying down the wing and they struggled while he was injured.

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