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City favourites in
rain-lashed Beijing

MANCHESTER CITY and Manchester United are due to meet at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing today but some Mancunian-style weather in China has cast doubt over whether the game goes ahead.

United manager Jose Mourinho was already concerned about the state of the pitch after heavy rain in Beijing and more downpours were forecast last night.

If the International Champions Cup clash survives the deluge then City can be backed at 29-20 to claim a fairly meaningless derby victory. United are 2-1 and the draw is a 12-5 chance.

The Citizens are 5-2 favourites for the Premier League but United, reportedly closing in on a huge deal for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, are hot on their heels at 7-2.

Sky Bet make Pogba 1-4 to be at Old Trafford by the end of the transfer window. The Frenchman is 5-1 to stay at Juve and the same price to move to European champions Real Madrid.

Steve Bruce’s departure from Premier League new boys Hull has produced a wide-open betting heat on the Tigers’ next permanent manager.

Bruce’s assistant Mike Phelan is the 5-1 joint-favourite with Ryan Giggs but Steve Evans (6-1), Steve McClaren (7-1) and 8-1 chance Neil Warnock are also in the frame.

Hull, the Sky Bet Championship playoff winners in May, are 5-6 to be relegated from the top flight this season and 16-5 with BoyleSports to finish bottom.

Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez is 5-4 with Sky Bet to be an Arsenal player by the end of the transfer window although Chelsea were slashed from 16-1 to 2-1 to sign the PFA Player of the Year yesterday.

Sky Bet make Mahrez 2-1 to remain at Leicester.