Manchester City vs Manchester United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 7 December 2019
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
City are lagging behind Liverpool by eleven points. The first phase of the season is almost over, and the Reds are not showing any signs of slowing down.
Pep Guardiola and his boys have no option but to win every game hereon if they are to have a shot at defending their title. But do note that this is the Manchester Derby.
Normal rules of form and momentum might not apply here.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, City won 0-2 on the road.
- In the last three years, the Red Devils have managed a single league win.
- United conceded two or more goals in the previous four encounters on the trot.
- The former two clashes at this venue had goals from both teams.
- The most recent battle at this stadium saw the home team winning 3-1.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Prediction
City were on the road the last match-day against Burnley. But they paid no heed to it and raced to a 0-4 scorecard by the 87th minute. The only blotch in their huge win might be the sole goal they conceded just one minute from full time.
In the meantime, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men defeated Spurs at the Old Trafford, with aid of two Marcus Rashford goals, the previous game week. Spurs’ new manager Jose Mourinho tried to make his comeback to the stadium a memorable one for his new club, but at the end, the Devils posted the three points on the board.
This weekend, one of the fiercest rivalries in modern English football will take place at the Etihad. The upper hand surely resides with Pep’s men. They do have the home advantage, and importantly, for the past three years, the level the Citizens have maintained is miles better than that of United.
In addition, City is desperate. They cannot take any more of their fixtures lightly. Liverpool are far ahead in terms of points, and if Pep hopes to catch them, a win is a must this weekend, as well as in the subsequent ones.
Moreover, form surely picks out the current EPL champions as the favorites for the day. They have lost just thrice in their last thirty-five games, and their sole loss since early October had come against Liverpool.
At home, they have been nearly unbeatable. In their previous 21 appearances here, the team has lost just once, and impressively, won 18 of these.
On the other hand, United were winless in three of their last four overall fixtures and were so in 14 of their preceding 19 on the road.
Most importantly, Pep’s men have been better in h2h clashes for quite some time. They won three of the last four games and had scored two or more goals in the prior four such fixtures.
Taking into account all these observations, expect Manchester City to sweat it out on the pitch, and secure a win against this opponent. Count on them to take no chances, and try and dominate proceedings all through the ninety minutes.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting Tips
Manchester City -1 Asian Handicap @ 1.40 (2/5)
To Score in First Half: Manchester City @ 1.40 (2/5).