Manchester City vs Sheffield United
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 29 December 2019
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
City are still playing catch-up with the unstoppable Liverpool, and as things stand, Pep Guardiola and his bunch of men might have to do this for the remainder of the season. This Sunday, owing to the game taking place at the Etihad, and Sheffield’s relative inexperience in the top flight, Manchester City get the tag of the favorites.
Manchester City vs Sheffield United Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Sheffield won 2-1 against City.
- However, two of the former three wins went to the Manchester outfit.
- At home, the Citizens are unbeaten against this opponent in the past 20 years.
- Sheffield are yet to score a goal here in the last two decades.
Manchester City vs Sheffield United Prediction
City had taken on the second-placed Leicester the last match-day, and had to effectively script a comeback win at the Etihad. With the aid of the home advantage, Pep Guardiola’s men scored three goals in return for the one Jamie Vardy had slotted in.
In the meantime, Sheffield were at home, and had locked horns with Watford. The low-scoring affair saw the teams sharing the spoils at the end of the match with a 1-1 scoreline.
This Sunday, the upper hand clearly goes to Manchester City. They are the two-time defending champions of the league, and have the home advantage on top of that.
On the other hand, Sheffield, who were promoted to this top flight just this last summer, have to deal with the away handicap against the desperate lot of Pep and his boys, who are chasing Liverpool.
Moreover, City have scored the most number of goals in the competition, and have conceded the second-least in front of the home crowd of all the teams in contention. In addition, they were unbeaten in 20 of their last 22 home games, and were so in 17 of their previous 20 in overall match-ups as well.
On the contrary, Sheffield have just five wins to show for, from their previous fourteen overall games, and just three from their prior ten on the road.
Most importantly, at home, the Manchester Blues hold a 100% unbeaten record in h2h clashes, and have not conceded a single goal as well, in the period.
Considering all these observations, expect Pep Guardiola’s men to give their utmost on the pitch to secure the three points – the failure of which would take Liverpool nearer to the league title.
As such, a bet backing Manchester City to deliver a crushing win should bring good returns this Sunday.
Manchester City vs Sheffield United Betting Tips
Manchester City -1, -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.40 (2/5)
Half Time Result: Manchester City @ 1.50 (1/2).