Manchester City vs Manchester United. Probable Lineups, Fixtures, Predictions

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Etihad Stadium will see Manchester Derby this Sunday

The central match of the tour will be held at Etihad Stadium this Sunday, 22:00 IST.

The good ol` derby that will not leave us sleeping on couches. The matches between these teams are heated with emotions and, unfortunately, this one is to be played without any fans at the stadium, but you can be sure that spectators around the world will be holding their breath in expectation of the starting whistle.

Moreover, the two teams occupy the top of the table. The Citizens now have 65 points after 27 games, with a goal difference of 56-17. The gap to second-placed Manchester United is 14 points. Is anyone doubting that Man City will win the league trophy this season? Still, Manchester neighbors have a theoretical chance of thwarting Pep Guardiola’s team.

Manchester City News & Current Form:

Pep Guardiola came up with unrealistically cool tactics and also made changes to the squad he had. Ruben Dias has become a true defensive leader and his tandem with Stones is working perfectly. There’s not much to say about the flanks. Foden creates width, Jesus drops down for an aggravation, pulls the team together, Sterling and the second winger try to finish. What about Gundogan’s tap-ins, he is just great at finding areas to enter the penalty area! They easily break up the pressing and get out of it. And most importantly, for every episode of the game, whether they are defending or attacking, the Sky Blues are really unpredictable because of the constant rearrangement of the lines for every situation. Yes! 

That’s why the key to the neutralization of Manchester City is almost impossible to find, as the practice itself shows. It’s all for a reason! The club is morally driven to win. They are so confident that even with a draw, they calmly show their game and bring it to victory.

Manchester United News & Current Form:

Manchester United are not bad either. The club have not lost about 10 games in a row in all competitions, but are still unable to produce consistent “City level” football. Many say that more changes are needed. Are they really needed? Ole Gunnar Sulscher is not as much of a tactical genius as the Spaniard. They’ve stopped releasing Martial so often, which is a good sign. Cavani will already be back in the Devils’ camp, which is definitely a plus for the match. The Red Devils will be without the quartet of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Phil Jones and David De Gea. Dean Henderson is expected to start in goal as De Gea is back in Spain for personal reasons. Still, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have actually drawn each of their last three matches 0-0, while they have shared the points in four of their last five in England’s top flight, which has seen their title hopes evaporate.

Manchester City vs. Manchester United Head-To-Head Record: 

Man United lead the head-to-head record over Man City 76 wins to 55, while there have also been 53 draws between the two bitter rivals dating back to 1891.

Latest matches between Manchester City vs. Manchester United:

The two sides have faced off twice already this season. The league fixture between the two ended in a 0-0 draw. Meanwhile, Manchester City emerged victorious in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup in January.

Premier League form:

Manchester City form guide: W-W-W-W-W-W

Manchester United form guide: W-D-D-W-D-D

Manchester City vs. Manchester United Predicted XI:

Manchester City Probable XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Sterling, Bernardo.

Manchester United Probable XI (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.

Statistical preview of the match Manchester City vs. Manchester United (Premier League) :

  • Unbeaten away from home in the Premier League since January 2020, Solskjaer’s side are a team to be taken seriously on their travels, but they have drawn eight of their 14 away league games this term, including a stalemate at Chelsea last weekend.
  • Man City have won their last 15 matches.
  • Man Utd are undefeated in their last 21 away matches. 
  • Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches.

Manchester City vs. Manchester United Prediction: 

Manchester United have gone 0-0 in their last three matches in all competitions. This is clearly not the form you want to carry into a derby against a team that at the moment looks like unbeatable. It’s hard to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side scoring, let alone challenging for points at the Etihad. With a solid defense this time around, City will attack their arch-rivals with confidence that they can take the three points. Also, Manchester United’s defense has been reasonable but they might struggle to create openings if City dominate possession.

ParimatchNews staff prediction: Manchester City 2 – 0 Manchester United