Only the most unlikely of turnarounds can now prevent Manchester City from beating Manchester United to the English Premier League title.

Even United manager Alex Ferguson says ''they probably have two hands on the trophy.''

City's 2-0 win at Champions League hopeful Newcastle means the league leader needs only to beat struggling Queens Park Rangers in Sunday's final round to clinch its first championship since 1968.

City has won 17 of its 18 home games and QPR has won just three of its 18 away games, so it's obvious why bookmakers now make the Blues a 1-9 favorite to hoist the trophy.

If City wins, United will need to at least match its 17-year-old Premier League record 9-0 victory to overturn City's superior goal difference.