The two most in-form teams in the Premier League turn their attention to the EFL Cup this week in a Manchester Derby. Manchester United welcome home rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday with kickoff at 1045 pm.
The local rivals are meeting at the semi-finals of the competition for the second year in a row. Both teams head into the contest on the back of notable weekend wins.
Manchester Derbies have always provided mouth-watering encounters over the recent past. However, Wednesday’s showdown is particularly promising, with a spot at Wembley up for grabs. It is a good note that both teams head into the clash being in-form.
Victories for Aston Villa and Chelsea over the weekend ramped up talks of possible title contenders for both sides. There is a lot of similarities between both sides, with underwhelming starts to the season.
Manchester United seems to make up for a lost time, with Man United taking 26 points from the last 30 on offer in the top flight. Their Friday night win over Aston Villa saw the side become level on points with leaders Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola showed the good side of a bolstered squad against Chelsea after a thrilling 3-1 win. With two games in hand, City look set to reclaim their title in the Big Two sides. A win this Wednesday will boost their chances.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City Head to Head
Both sides have 37 games against each other, with Manchester United taking 18 wins while Manchester City with 15 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa
Manchester United 1-0 Wolves
Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United
Everton 0-2 Manchester United
Manchester United 6-2 Leeds United
Chelsea 1-3 Man City
Man City 2-0 Newcastle United
Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City
Southampton 0-1 Man City
Man City 1-1 West Brom
Manchester United Team News
Firstly, Victor Lindelof remains a doubt, having missed the last two games with a back injury. Secondly, Edinson Cavani continues to serve his three-match ban for a cryptic social media post. Dean Henderson is expected to start between the sticks.
Manchester City Team News
There is a huge chunk of players unavailable for this clash due to coronavirus, including Ederson. Gabriel Jesus, Eric Garcia, Kyle Walker Ferran Torres, and Tommy Doyle. Jesus and Walker finished their 10-day isolation period and could be available.
Prediction and Odds
Firstly, it provides a difficult derby to call, especially with both sides becoming in-form this time at the league.
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