THE MANCHESTER DERBY

Manchester derby

Match preview

With less than seven games to the end of the 2017/2018 season, the title looks secured for league leaders Manchester city. The Citizens are set to welcome the Red Devils to the Etihad stadium for a second bout this season. With a whopping 16-point lead, Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking for a win against united to confine the English premiership title at the Etihad, Manchester united likewise are expected to cement their 2nd spot on the table wading off the lingering eyes of Liverpool and Tottenham with a win at the Etihad stadium.
The citizens pose a threat despite suffering an embarrassing defeat in the UEFA Champions League at Anfield in midweek but the red devils remain ever gallant as the battle for Manchester looks fierce as ever. The Manchester derby remains one of the most watched sporting events globally as the rivalry dates back to time.
With seven games to go, the premier league looks secured for Manchester city. The citizens have maintained a very fine form in 2018 winning eight times in ten premier league outings, losing one at Anfield and a stalemate against Burnley. City has also maintained a 100% winning streak at home in 2018 scoring an accumulated number of 15 goals on home grounds. United also poses an impressive form winning eight games in ten league matches; losing away at Wembley and St. James Park. The Red devils have won three from five games wearing away outfits with a total tally of 6 goals outside the Old trafford.
Manchester city hitman Sergio Aguero will be a doubt as the striker picked up a knee injury in training that ruled him out for three weeks. Benjamin Mendy also is set to miss the derby due to lack of match fitness, his return date is said to be unknown. Sergio Romero and Daley blind are both unlikely to feature in the Manchester cracker as both players are out with knock injury.
With Sergio Aguero in doubt for the derby, Pep will have to settle for Gabriel Jesus for striking options with Raheem sterling and Leroy sane playing from the flanks as most likely options. This trio strike great fear to any defense in England as they have a combined tally of thirty four (34) goals and twenty nine (29) assists. Romelu lukaku is expected to play as a point-man against the noisy neighbours. The Belgium international has done well to silence his critics by maintaining an impressive form in the premiership bagging a total number of fifteen (15) goals and seven (7) assists in the English top flight. Mourinho will also have selection problems while choosing wingers from the likes of Alexis sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial.
With the win against Gunners late February and clinching the Carabao cup, Pep Guardiola is set to add the highly coveted premier league title to his list of achievements. The Spaniard who has conquered the Spainish and German top flight leagues is on the verge of adding the English premier league title to his spoils. Pep Guardiola has a good record against Jose Mourinho, as the Spaniard has encountered the Portuguese twenty times and won ten games with 6 ending in a stalemate.

Predicted line-up
Manchester city XI- Ederson, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo, Walker, De Bruyne, D Silva, Fernandinho, Sane, Jesus.


Manchester united XI- De Gea, Shaw, Smalling, Linderlorf, Valencia, Mc Tominay, Pogba, Rashford, Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku

Predicted scoreline
Manchester city 2-3 Manchester United

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