Manchester United vs Manchester City
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Old Trafford.
The Citizens were completely outclassed by Liverpool this season. As the campaign approaches its final stretch, Pep Guardiola and his boys will go all in for a victory in this derby, to hold their heads high.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Match Preview
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton on the road the last match-day. The dropped two points put them level with Wolves, and with the Citizens facing a ban in the next two seasons of the Champions League, the fifth spot is in high demand.
The Devils will have to face intense competition in the remaining ten match-days to keep their position safe. The likes of Spurs, the Blades, the Wanderers etc have smelt blood, and will not give up chase.
In the meantime, Guardiola’s men recorded a 0-1 win on the road against Leicester, in their latest league match-up. The Foxes have been the best side in the PL other than the two titans, and a win to nil against them, that too at the King Power Stadium, showed the quality of the defending champions.
Even though the PL crown appear to be lost for the Citizens, they are still very much alive in the CL and the FA Cup, and just had won the EFL Cup. This momentum will definitely help them in this final stages of the season.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Head-to-head (h2h)
- The previous eight games in row failed to return a draw.
- Five of the past seven fixtures had goals from both teams.
- At this venue, the guests are on a three-match winning run.
- Since 2011, the Devils have recorded a single league win at home.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Prediction
The Citizens seem simply unstoppable at the moment. They have just entered the FA Cup Quarter Final (and have a favorable tie there), defeated Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in their Round of 16 – first leg in the UCL, and defeated Aston Villa in the EFL Cup Final. And they did all this in the space of one week.
To top this all off, they could deliver a win in this fierce derby, and Pep would once again hold the respect, that he had had lost since Jurgen Klopp had started his unbelievable run.
It helps that the PL title-holders are on a three-game winning run at the Old Trafford, and since 2011, only once have they lost a league battle here. On the other hand, the Devils are yet to get back to their old level, and Ole still has a lot of job to do before they could compete for the major trophies.
As things stand, the guests Manchester City are expected to win this fiercely competitive encounter. However, the fact that it’s the Manchester Derby rules out a clear favorite. The Devils are at home, and they will be desperate to hold on to their CL ticket.
On top of that, their pride and honor is at stake, and we can count on them to fight tooth and nail for the win. Moreover, the Citizens had failed to keep clean sheets in 11 of their prior 15 away fixtures this season, and since 2001, only four times have they prevented the hosts from scoring at the Old Trafford.
As such, expect goals to come from both teams this Saturday, and make the affair supremely entertaining.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Manchester City to Win @ 1.60 (3/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.75 (3/4).