Man City to halt United’s home run
This game is advertised as the most important
Manchester Derby in recent years. Manchester United will attempt to
slow the Manchester City freight train down without getting torn to pieces.
though I would love to, I, unfortunately, cannot make to Old Trafford on
Sunday evening because, amongst other things, I may not be able to afford
the trip. But, my eyes will be glued to the television set at 18h30
(Central African Time) for kick-off.
hope Jose Mourinho is good at maths because he has the task of figuring out a
formula of how to beat Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's team is sweeping aside
teams while playing the best football in Europe this season. At the end of 90
minutes which Manchester club will be satisfied with the result?
Mourinho's Manchester United started off the season on fire winning four out
their first five Premier League games and scoring 16 goals.
form started to tail off due to the injury to Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku
reverting back to his big-chance-missing self again. But, the Red Devils have
maintained 40 matches without defeat at home, and have also still kept within touching distance of red-hot
Mourinho rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic for United's Tuesday
night win over CSKA Moscow in the
Champions League. He will, however, be without his best midfield
player Paul Pogba because of the red card he received against Arsenal last
City have won 14 and drawn one from their opening 15 league matches, opening up
an eight-point gap in the Premier League table ahead of their second-placed
has somehow transformed Kevin De Bruyne from a pale-faced, average,
Chelsea reject to a top-five player in Europe. He has also incredibly transformed Raheem Sterling
from a 'somebody-please-tell-why-is-this-guy-getting-paid-to-play-football'
type of player to an actual real-life soccer player with goals and
everything. Pep Guardiola is a football
United last 10 games in all competitions
(80% WIN PERCENTAGE)
City last 10 games in all competitions
Manchester City 1.10, 2.45 for a draw and
2.30 for a Manchester United win.
City’s winning run ended on Wednesday night with a loss to FC Shakhtar Donetsk
in the Champions League. Manchester City
were unbeaten for 227 days.
I said earlier Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 40 home games in
all competitions. The last team to beat United at home were, of course,
Manchester City on 10 September 2016.
Mourinho will set up in the 5-2-1-2 formation which he started with against
Arsenal. This is due to injuries to his two best defender in Phil Jones and
Eric Bailly and he doesn't trust any other pair of centre-backs. It didn't seem
work so well against Arsenal. Even though United got the win, David De Gea had
more saves than an evangelical priest.
United need the win but Mourinho will choose his moments to attack,
probably at the beginning of the game and if they don't get a goal, they will
lay off, soak the pressure and give it another go later on in the match.
crystal ball is telling me that Manchester City will play their
normal attacking game and if they score early this game will be won
easily. If, however, Manchester United keep it at draw till around the
hour mark they will be more offensive to attempt to nick one goal.