Premier League: Manchester United vs Manchester City preview

Premier League: Manchester United vs Manchester City preview

The fourth Manchester derby of the season will take place on Sunday at Old Trafford, Manchester United host rivals Manchester City for a Premier League match. The reverse fixture was played in December and Manchester United won it 2-1 with goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Then the two rivals met in the League Cup semi finals, Manchester City won the first leg 3-1 at Old Trafford and then the Red Devils won the second leg 1-0. Overall, the last six editions of the derby have produced three victories for each side. 

Manchester United are undefeated in their last nine matches in all competitions and they have won six of those nine, including this week's 3-0 triumph over Derby County in the FA Cup. Last week the Red Devils recorded a 1-1 draw at Everton in the Premier League, a result that left them fifth in the league table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. If Manchester City will eventually be banned from European football after the appeal, then that fifth place would ensure qualification for the UEFA Champions League, so it might become a lot more important than it usually is. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are injured and won't play in the derby, while Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are doubts. 

Manchester City have won their last five matches in all competitions, including their first trophy of the season last weekend as they defeated Aston Villa 2-1 in the League Cup final. This week they also advanced to the last eight of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, while their Champions League campaign is also on track after the 2-1 victory at Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-sixteen tie. Aymeric Laporte is ruled out for this match, Leroy Sane is lacking match fitness and might be included on the bench, while Kevin De Bruyne is an injury doubt. 

Probable line-ups: 

Man United: De Gea - Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw - McTominay, Matic, Fred - Fernandes - Martial, Greenwood

Man City: Ederson - Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy - B. Silva, Rodrigo, D. Silva - Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

My prediction: 

I expect a close game between two teams that have recorded good results lately, we might see a 2-2 draw here. 

Here are the odds for the match at NetBet

Man United win - 5.00

Draw - 4.33

Man City win - 1.62

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