The battle for Manchester.

Last updated: March 18, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDWLW
Away form: DLLWW
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

The Citizens seem to be in a better position before the match against The Red Devils. They progressed to the quarter-finals of The Champions League and are lying in fourth place of the standings with 51 points collected. In addition, they have already won a trophy this season – The Capital One Cup. So, they can be satisfied with their performance so far.

Just the opposite for – Manchester United they have performed at an average level for the entire season. The Red Devils were eliminated from The Champions League in the group stage and this week lost The Europa League battle against Liverpool. Manchester United are surely going to be more focused on The FA Cup, because that’s the only real opportunity for a trophy this season. Furthermore, van Gaal still has 7 injured players in his squad. The fans haven’t stopped criticizing the team’s performance and so on.

If we look at only the facts I told you earlier, it’s obvious Manchester City are going to win the match. But, this is The Premier League and you can’t be sure of anything until the final whistle!

Team News

Wayne Rooney is suffering from a knee injury and can’t take part in the game. He is expected to be fit for the game against Everton on 3rd April.

Phil Jones, Donald Love, Borthwick-Jackson and Ashley Young are also injured for Manchester United. Young has recorded 16 appearances in The Premier League this season.

Nicolas Otamendi received an injury in the match against Dynamo Kiev in The Champions League. Vincent Kompany is also sidelined for The Citizens.

Fabian Delph is the other main omission for Manchester City. The Englishman is suffering from achilles tendonitis and will surely miss the match.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “We have another 27 points to play for in the Premier League.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “We have to deliver. But in sport you can lose and you can win; that you have to accept. It’s very difficult but you have to accept that.”

Expected line-ups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Mangala, Demichelis, Fernando, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, Toure, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, Sagna, Navas, Bony, Clichy, Iheanacho, Celina.
Injured: Nasri, De Bruyne, Delph, Kompany, Otamendi.
Not available:
Man United (4-1-4-1): De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Varela, Carrick, Lingard, Fellaini, Mata, Martial, Rashford.
Subs Romero, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Darmian, Mata, Memphis, Schneiderlin.
Injured: Shaw, Love, Rooney, Keane, Borthwick-Jackson, Jones, Young.
Not available:

So far this season

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Manchester City this season Manchester United this season
4 League Position 6
10 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 8 (5)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Stoke, Everton and Sunderland
1 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (4)
4 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (6)
1-4 to Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Aguero (16) Top scorer Martial, Rooney (7)
Silva (10) Assist Leader Rooney (4)
Y48, R0 Discipline Y51, R1
7 Failures to score 9
13 Clean Sheets 13
14 Both Teams to Score Games 12
19 Over 2.5 Games 14
10 Under 2.5 Games 15
  • The stats in the Head to Head battle between these two teams at The Etihad Stadium are totally equal. The Citizens have won 25, while The Red Devils have recorded 26 victories. The number of draws is 23.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in 12 of Manchester City’s last 13 home Premier League games. The Citizens scored 4 or more goals on 5 occasions.
  • Manchester United won only 1 of their last 8 visits in The Premier League. The Red Devils have lost 6 matches away from Old Trafford this season.
  • The Citizens are on a run of two consecutive 0-0 draws in all tournaments. This result was enough for them against Dynamo Kiev to qualify for the quarter-finals of The Champions League.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/10/15 The Premier League Man United 0-0 Man City
12/04/15 The Premier League Man United 4-2 Man City S. Agüero 8′
02/11/14 The Premier League Man City 1-0 Man United S. Agüero 63′
25/03/14 The Premier League Man United 0-3 Man City E. Džeko 1′
22/09/13 The Premier League Man City 4-1 Man United S. Agüero 16′