Mancini accepts for first time Man City are favourites to win Premier League title

London: Roberto Mancini has for the first time accepted that Manchester City are now favourites to win the Premier League title.

All City have to do now is avoid a “Devon Loch” moment by beating the fifth-from-bottom Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday.

“If we beat QPR, we are champions. It doesn``t depend on what Manchester United do any more, it depends on us,” Mancini said.

A month ago, City had been eight points behind and Mancini was talking about the league being finished, The Guardian reports.

Since then his team have won five successive matches, beating United in the process, The Guardian reports.

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping for an upset that would rival the 1956 Grand National, when Devon Loch famously stumbled in the final furlong.

“We``ll go to Sunderland to win, it``s our duty and responsibility. It could be like Devon Loch – stranger things have happened in football. We just have to keep going with the right spirit. We``ve won the title on three occasions on the last day and we don``t mind doing it again,” Ferguson said.