Manchester City & Manchester United meet on Match-day 9
Man City, currently sitting second in the League, will be hoping to secure all three points when they welcome Man U to the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City go into this game with 17 points secured
Time will tell, whether Man City’s recent run of poor form is about to change. However Pep Guardiola will be keen to turn his season around with this game, following the recent defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, which followed a disappointing 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.
Also, Man City keep finding ways to win, having secured five victories in their last seven meetings is astonishing this season, which has contributed significantly to their rise up the table. Now they have 5 matches won, 0 games lost and 2 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in second place, with a total of 17 points having won five games and drawn two fixtures.
Man City have won three games of their three League matches at home this season.
A win in this fixture, would take Manchester City’s points from 17 to 20, so far this season.
A solid defensive team
It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. Man City have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with six goals in their previous matches. Man City have impressed this season, in terms of goal scoring ability, with 23 (22 from open play and one penalty) so far. This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Erling Haaland (11), Ilkay Gundogan (2), and Julian Alvarez (2).
Injury and illness have depleted Pep Guardiola’s Man City and they will likely be missing one key personnel for Sunday’s match.
Manchester United arrive at this fixture, having secured 12 points so far this season
With a win in their previous game, (3-1) against Arsenal, Man U will likely be in a positive frame of mind.
Also, another fixture and another win for Man U, winning is becoming habitual for them and this is the mark of a team. With a fifth position in the league and 4 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws, they currently have 12 points in the League having won four games and lost two fixtures.
Man U have won two meetings and lost one game of their three League matches playing away this season.
Winning this fixture will see Manchester United on 15 points.
Erik ten Hag will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of four of his Man U players.
Manchester City v Manchester United – Head-to-Head.
Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Man U with a greater number of wins. In the last 59 meetings, they have enjoyed 30 victories, to Man City’s 21 wins. Additionally, Man U have seen victory seven meetings played at the Etihad Stadium against Man City. The last time both teams met in this competition was March 2022 and the score line ended up with a 4-1 win for Cityzens.
For Man City, Erling Haaland is one of the top performing players after having scored11 goals in seven League fixtures this campaign, while Marcus Rashford contributed withthree goals in six League games so far for Man U.