Manchester City is 19 points clear of archrivals ahead of this weekend’s derby. The Sky Blues are looking to retain the Premier League title under Guardiola in two seasons for a second time. Manchester City has won eight domestic trophies since United last lifted the Silver Cup, and a whopping 19 points separate the teams this season in the Premier League. Of course, title-chasing Manchester City has pretty much beaten their rivals in recent years. Still, United have definitely caused some surprises at Etihad of late, even though they lost heavily at Old Trafford in November.
Manchester United has had an impressive run at the Etihad Stadium of late, winning their last three visits. On a positive note for United fans, United have a good record at the Etihad Stadium in the Manchester derby. United has failed to score in 19% of their games this season, and Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored in 10 games in 2022. They have had good results away from home this season, playing football when they sit, inviting the hosts to take the lead and kick at half-time.
Manchester is divided into blue and red parts depending on the game day. The April 10 clash with Liverpool could be a critical factor in determining the outcome of the title race, even if Manchester City’s schedule looks better than Liverpool’s. This will happen again this season, and United’s game on Sunday could significantly impact whether the league title stays at Manchester City or travels to Merseyside.
This success at London Road extended City’s impressive record of 21 wins in their last 24 games in all competitions. City secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Peterborough United in the fifth round. Though City lost to Tottenham in February, they look strong with their players returning to the field; Jesus and Grealish played in the FA cup tie and displayed good performance.
With the likes of Mahrez, Silva, De Bruyne, Foden and Sterling, it will be a difficult task for the United defenders to stop them and that too at the Etihad. Though Manchester United has spoiled the party for City a lot of times, this game will be crucial in the League table for both teams. While City looks to acquire the fourth Premier League title under Pep, United are fighting for the fourth spot in the Premier League to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.
United have a good team, and they have shown their calibre in many matches this season; this away match will be a difficult task for them as City will come with all of their forces to maintain the lead at the top. I’m putting my money on City this Sunday and urge you all to do the same.