Manchester United will visit the defending champions for the 1st Manchester Derby of this season. Both the Manchester clubs picked up crucial victories in mid-week. City came away with a convincing 4-1 win over Burnley on Tuesday, while United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to get one over their former manager. Both the teams go head-to-head tonight at Etihad which is expected to be a thrilling derby. Man city currently sit 3rd in the table fallen behind by a massive gap of 11 points from the table topper Liverpool. United are 6th in the table after the massive win over Spurs. Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will meet for the 2nd time tonight.
When and where –
- Venue – Etihad Stadium
- Time – 23:00 IST, 7th December
- Telecast – Hotstar, SSS HD 1
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Team News –
Manchester United –
Martial is not fully fit and may feature in later part of the game. Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo are out with injuries. Nemanja matic hopes to make a comeback after serving a long term injury.
Manchester City –
The champions will be without Sergio Aguero, Laporte and Sane tonight. Gundogan is back after serving a suspension during mid-week. No other fresh injuries as confirmed by Pep Guardiola.
Predicted XI –
Manchester United –
David De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, James, Lingard, Rashford, Greenwood.
Manchester city –
Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Stones, Mendy, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus.
Red Devils only lost one of their away league games against City. Man Utd have won only 1 game in their last 11 Premier League games. Citizens have managed to win their last 24 home games out of 27 and netting a total of 81 goals in that period. Pep Guardiola enjoys a healthy record against Manchester United as his side has won 4 out of 6 in this fixture.
Key Player: Manchester City –
David Silva to prove his quality once again, the Spanish veteran has always caused some trouble to the reds. He has provided 6 assists to his teammates and scored 3 goals this season. Creativity, Passing, Ball control and Improvisation make David Silva a midfield maestro.
Key Player: Manchester United –
We know that Marcus Rashford has already become a talismanic figure for Visitors, but we will focus on the speedy winger Daniel James. The 22 years old Welsh winger will cause problems down the right hand side and will be the man to go on counters. His crosses tonight will be a key factor tonight.
Manchester City 3 – 1 Manchester United
Despite a win in mid-week the Visitors may struggle to nullify the star studded City attack. There is a huge difference between the qualities in midfield. Champions’ defence have been exposed quite a few times this season and Utd will try to do the same tonight, but City hold the ability to score a few in quick successions.
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