The Manchester Derby awaits us this Sunday afternoon. This time, City are the hosts, which means that the game takes place at the Etihad Stadium, where this team has won every single Premier League game since May. Can Mourinho and his boys change that? Read this Manchester City vs Manchester United prediction and betting tips to find out!
The bad news is that Kevin De Bruyne will not feature in this match due to an injury. But, the good news is that most other players are fit and ready for the big clash. In fact, not only are they ready for the Sunday’s duel but they also seem to be very much in the mood for playing football, something that they showed midweek in the Champions League, when they beat Shakhtar Donetsk 6:0.
And that was their second win in a row in which they scored 6 goals. The previous game was the one against Southampton in the Premier League. Speaking of their form, Manchester City have won 10 out of 11 previous games, allowing only two goals along the way. If you’re wondering how many goals they scored in those 11 matches, the number is 35!
Furthermore, the fact that this match is played at their ground means that have every right to be confident of a good result. They have won every single home match in the Premier League since May. It’s true that their score against the Red Devils isn’t impressive when it comes to the games played at the Etihad, but that also means that they’re motivated to set the things straight.
This Wednesday, Manchester United achieved a kind of success that they haven’t seen for a while – they beat Juventus in Turin 2:1. But, to be completely frank, they weren’t the better team in that match. In fact, Juventus had significantly more goal chances, but the lady luck was on the side of the Red Devils.
Can luck once again be on their side? I doubt it. In order to get a good result against their city rival, Man United will have to play much, much better than they’ve been this season. And they’ve been pretty awful this season, even though their current position on the Premier League table is not too low.
The good news for them ahead of the Manchester Derby is that most of their players are fit and ready for the game. This goes even for Lukaku, who was absent for a couple of weeks. But, even with all their men ready for the action, Manchester United are still the underdogs in this match.
Manchester City absentees:
- Kevin De Bruyne (injury)
- Claudio Bravo (injury)
- Elaquim Mangala (injury)
Manchester United absentees:
- Antonio Valencia (injury)
- Romelu Lukaku (doubtful)
Ederson – Stones, Laporte, Walker, Mendy – Fernandinho, David Silva, Bernardo Silva – Sterling, Sane, Aguero
De Gea – Smalling, Lindelof, Young, Shaw – Herrera, Matic, Lingard – Mata, Rashford, Martial
Manchester City vs Manchester United Prediction
Despite beating Juventus earlier this week, I doubt Manchester United have what it takes to keep the winning form going. In fact, I don’t believe they can win even a single point on Sunday. City are the better of the two Manchester giants and seem capable of cruising past their city rivals without any major problems.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting Tips
- Manchester City @1.38 (William Hill)
- Over 2.5 Goals @1.44 (William Hill)