Manchester City has a golden chance to cement their title race for the Premier League this weekend in the highly entertaining Manchester Derby as they welcome Manchester United. The match schedules for Sunday at Etihad Stadium with a kickoff at 7:30 pm.
Pep Guardiola’s men are currently on a 21 winning streak across all competitions and on top of the table. On the other hand, Ole Gunnar’s men are second on the table with 14 points adrift of leaders.
The Citizens continued their impressive run of form with a 4-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night. Gabriel Jesus scored a brace, and Riyadh Mahrez equalized a late strike to continue their winning streak.
It is an impressive display from Guardiola with 15 wins in the Premier League, which leaves them in a comfortable position at the top of the division. A win this weekend in the Manchester Derby will prove game over for the title race, mathematically speaking.
Manchester United was once seen as favourites to lift the Premier League trophy. However, a poor run of form and a series of draws leaves the Red Devils second best. Their 0-0 draw to Crystal Palace was the last nail on the coffin for them in their title race bid. The last three matches for Ole Gunnar ended with a 0-0 goal line.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Head to Head
Both sides have 38 matches against each other, with Manchester City taking home 16 wins while Manchester United with 18 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Manchester City 4-1 Wolves
Man City 2-1 West Ham
Borussia Gladbach 0-2 Man City
Arsenal 0-1 Man City
Everton 1-3 Man City
Crystal Palace 0-0 Man United
Chelsea 0-0 Man United
Man United 0-0 Real Sociedad
Man United 3-1 Newcastle
Real Sociedad 0-4 Man United
Manchester City Team News
Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad ahead of the derby with Nathan Ake recovering from a muscular problem. We expect wholesome changes to the starting XI that faced Wolves, with Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Zinchenko returning to the fold.
Manchester United Team News
Donny Van de Beek and Martial might come back to the starting XI after missing out in their draw to Palace. Pogba and Juan Mata remain out with respective injuries. Daniel James is likely to start on the right-wing side.
Prediction and Odds
Man United have a better record against City in their last six meetings, but we cannot throw away their opponents’ form.
Manchester City Win
Both Teams to Score
First Goal: City