THERE HAS TO BE NO BIGGER LOCAL DERBY THAN THIS!!!!
Manchester City who have been sensational this season can win their first Premier League title since 2014 at home against arch enemies and cross town rivals, Manchester United.
27 wins, three draws and one defeat have brought City to this championship point. With seven attempts available to get the title sealed, can they do it at first time of asking against arguably their most fierce competition yet?
Manchester City could name a weakened starting eleven, as Pep Guardiola prioritises Tuesday’s Champions League second leg at home to Liverpool.
Sergio Aguero is set to miss out again with a knee injury and may only make bench if declared fit.
Manchester United’s only absentee is keeper, Sergio Romero.
Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo could feature after resuming full training.
Daley Blind is back in training but is expected to not be involved.
Man City enter this clash off the back of a shock 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in midweek Champions League action.
League wise, the Citizens are on a eight match unbeaten run (W7 D1), conceding in four of those games whilst keeping clean sheets in the other four.
During that period, they netted 21 goals and conceded just four times.
United come here unbeaten in their last six domestic games across league and FA Cup.
Romelu Lukaku is currently in form, having scored seven goals in that period and netted a century of Premier League goals last time out at home to Swansea in a 2-0 win.
- This is 21st meeting between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho with the former leading the head to head 10-4.
- Throughout the 2010s, Manchester City have won eight times in this league fixture to United’s five whilst three were drawn 0-0.
- City’s longest unbeaten run in this fixture is seven games from November 1971 – September 1975 (W3 D4).
- In three away games against fellow big six rivals, Manchester United have picked up just four points this season and scored in just one of those games.
- Lukaku’s run of seven goals in last eight games is his best run since September across all competitions.
Where can game be won and lost?
|Per Game Average||Manchester City (home)||Manchester United (away)|
|Shots on Target||8.27||4.73|
|Goals per First Half %||29.4||44|
|Goals per Second Half %||70.6||56|
Manchester City will definitely fancy their chances of sealing the title here, looking at their superior figures compared to United.
Although the Red Devils are more clinical in converting their shots on target into goals, they are still outclassed by City who average three goals per home game.
If there’s any hope for United and Jose Mourinho, its that they score more in first half than their hosts.
Should they maximise that stat to their advantage and get two goals before half time, they might just have enough to weather a Citizens’ storm of attacks after the break.
With this being such a massive derby, for an one off new feature we decided to try and get views from a fan of both teams.
Despite several attempts, no Manchester United supporter group responded but we have the view of a Man City fan.
Man City fan, Paul Wheatcroft is being cautious about the game in fear that it could affect them going forward if look too far ahead, saying; “Yes it would be nice to win it against them but the danger is that we look beyond the next game.”
I can see Jose Mourinho getting his Red Devils to try and park the bus here but they are going to need to score in first half if are to do so.
Should they not then, I fancy City to nick it and the league title late on.
Prediction: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
Jake predicts: Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United
Result: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United