- Etihad Stadium
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- United have scored in all of their away trips in the league this term
- United’s last six away games have seen both teams score
- City have scored 34 times in their last 11 home matches
- De Bruyne has scored five goals in his last five home league games
Can City end hoodoo?
Manchester City are hoping to complete the league double over United for just the second time under manager Pep Guardiola, which is an incredible statistic given their domestic dominance in that time.
For all the praise heaped on him, Guardiola could never handle meetings with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils have won four of the last seven meetings between the two sides, while United have won four of their last five trips to the Etihad.
Despite United’s recent inability to challenge City, in head-to-head clashes the Red Devils have the edge. Will that change under Ralf Rangnick? You can get 25/1 for City to turn things around, or 100/1 for United to continue their impressive Etihad run.
Dias blow hurts City
While the Premier League leaders have an excellent squad, the loss of Ruben Dias is a major blow to their defence. While John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are good players, they miss Dias’s leadership abilities.
City were exposed at the back in their last home game, a 3-2 defeat by Tottenham. While their defensive record overall is good, that result doesn’t bode well ahead of their next big test, especially given United’s scoring record on the road.
Another high-scoring trip for United
United haven’t failed to score in an away game in the league this term, averaging 1.77 goals per trip. They’ve scored in 20 straight trips in all competitions, while each of their last six on the road have seen both teams score.
Manchester City have scored in 17 consecutive Premier League games, while they’ve scored 34 goals across their last 11 at home in all competitions. City’s scoring form is helped by the return of Kevin De Bruyne, who has scored six times in the league at the Etihad despite only making seven starts. He’s scored five in his last five home league games, so back him to trouble United.
Given that the visitors also pack a punch, back both teams to score on Sunday. Meanwhile, United’s great record at the Etihad means I’m backing them to avoid defeat here. United are unbeaten in nine on the road, but five of those have been score draws. Given that, a 2-2 draw is my correct score prediction.
Manchester United predicted lineup: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Silva, Foden
Manchester City predicted lineup: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fernandes, McTominay, Pogba; Elanga, Ronaldo, Sancho
- Five of Manchester United’s last six Premier League games have had under 2.5 goals
- Two of Manchester City’s last three Premier League games have produced four or more goals
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- 5 Aug