Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, EnglandWhen: Sunday, October 29, 4:30 pm CET
The Manchester Derby always attracts the attention of the fans, and that’s going to be the case now. The Red Devils didn’t start the season as planned. They struggle and have plenty of problems on and off the field. On the other side, we have the Citizens, who are playing solid football but still seem far away from their form. Of course, De Bruyne’s absence is the reason for that because the Belgian midfielder is one of the world’s best players and the team’s brain.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City Preview
A 1-2 win over Sheffield United didn’t satisfy the fans last weekend. United was once again without consistency; their game wasn’t fluid at all, and it was obvious that the chemistry was at a very low level. We don’t know what’s the situation in the locker room, but according to the results, it isn’t great.
The game at Bramall was the fourth in the last five with three or more goals, and the fourth consecutive in which the Red Devils allowed at least one hit. The defense is mediocre, which has been the case since the year began.
United has three losses at home in the past five appearances. That is across all the competitions. Also, they have only one clean sheet during that span.
A win over Brighton was significant for the Citizens. First of all, they needed to snap a negative streak, and recover from a couple of unexpected results, and second, they had to keep the pace with Tottenham and Arsenal.
Three losses in four games prior to the win over the Seagulls were too much, especially for Guardiola and his standards. A defeat to Arsenal was painful, which makes the triumph over Brighton even more valuable.
City’s recent road trips in England have been bad. First, they lost to Newcastle in the EFL Cup, then posted back-to-back failures in the Premiership to Wolves and Arsenal.
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Manchester United and Manchester City Possible Lineups
Manchester United: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Eriksen, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, Nunes, Grealish; Haaland
Manchester United vs. Manchester City Head to Head
City had more success last year in direct encounters. They trashed United at the Etihad, 6-3, then lost at Trafford, 2-1 (after controversial officiating) before defeating the big rivals in the FA Cup finals, 2-1.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City Predictions
The hosts have a terrible defense this year, which we can’t overlook despite having a home-field edge. These types of games are always tight and tough to predict, but we will take some risk and pick Manchester City to win.
Our verdict: Manchester City wins
Manchester United versus Manchester City Odds
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