Manchester United VS Manchester City Prediction
Sunday afternoon is the time, “Old Trafford” is set to be the place, where both Manchester giants will take part in the 169th edition of the “Manchester derby”. “The Red Devils” will host against their city rivals, who moved away from their chances to retain the Premier League trophy, as “The Citizens” lost from Crystal Palace in Monday evening, which started the new week in a pretty bad way for Manuel Pellegrini and his men, and we won’t be surprised if the Chilean manager of “City” losses his job at the end of the season, or even earlier, depends on the results in the upcoming derby and in the upcoming weeks as well.
“The Red Devils” will search their first win over the city rivals since the 3:2 success in December 2012, after which “The Sky Blues” have recorded 4 consecutive wins over “United”, and the last home win for Man United over “City” is even from a longer period – the 2:1 success in February 2011, when Wayne Rooney scored the stunning winner. However, the last few matches between both Manchester rivals are not something for which “The Red Devils” will want to remember and Louis van Gaal will be keen for ending this poor run, as the Dutch manager of “United” will chase his personal revenge from Pellegrini, as long as he is in charge of the city rival, for the 0:1 defeat earlier in the season. Now Manchester United will host in their “Theatre of Dreams”, where they have recorded some pretty disappointing result and certainly the most humiliating from them is the 1:6 defeat from October 2011, while the last time, when “United” hosted to their city rivals, the defeat was awful again – 0:3 in March last year. One year later “United’s” morale looks better and we won’t be surprised at all, if “United” finishes over “City” in the final Premier League table. Now, after round 31, the difference between both sides is quite thin and “The Red Devils” have 62 points, which is with 1 more than of their rivals, but we must mention that “The Citizens” were with 5 points over “United” only three rounds ago, in which Man City won only 1 out of 3, while “The Red Devils” achieved the maximum amount of points from their very tough challenges vs Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa. Everything started with the very convincing first half effort, in which “United” completely outplayed “Spurs” and the final 3:0 was formed until the 34th minute already. The great form continued with the 2:1 success over the rivals from Liverpool, where “The Red Devils” won at the hearth of the enemy – “Anfield”, in a game which both teams supporters will surely remember, but the good memories will be for the club from Manchester, and the hero of this match is surely the Spaniard Juan Mata, who scored two great strikes, especially the second goal, which was the winning goal.
Last round “United” had shown another promising effort, when “The Red Devils” of LVG secured another vital win, which moved them to 3rd place – 3:1 success against the struggling Aston Villa, where Rooney his scored his sixth goal in the last 8 games.
Manchester City will come after a defeat at “Selhurst Park” in London, where “Glaziers” were effective, while Manchester City failed to win even a point, despite their possessive football and domination by attempts and scoring chances. This defeat ended the title ambitions of “The Sky Blues” and the rumours for the great purge in “The Citizens” locker room are becoming with even greater dimension with every next week.
Manchester derby preview – balance in the meetings, betting tip for the upcoming derby and posisble lineups of “United” and “City” – 12.04.2015
The last time when both teams have met on 12 of April was back in 1972, when Manchester City won the clash at “Old Trafford” with 3:1, and this is one from the 49 victories of “The Sky Blues” over “The Red Devils”, with the last 4 consecutive wins as well. “The Red Devils” are the more successful club in the head-to-head history as they have 69 wins over their “City” rivals, while the draws are 50. The last draw was back in the goalless draw on “Etihad Stadium”, when in November 2010 both teams failed to score, which means that we have a winner in all from the last 11 meetings between both Manchester clubs.
Nowadays, after the winning streak of “City”, we believe that “The Red Devils” are the side with a better morale, and their playing style can do the work here. As we saw Manchester City have troubles, when they will play against a club, who can organize great counters, like Louis van Gaal’s men can certainly do, and the presence of few names will have beneficial role for our final suggestion. First of all we will start with the good form of Wayne Rooney, who contributes for the club’s success as he helps in all zones, where he is needed, and the main strength of “United” should come in the midfield, where Marouane Fellaini became leading figure with his ability to win almost every first ball, and to control the midfield in overall as well. These arguments, along with the superb condition of the Spanish duo in “Red Devils” midfield – Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, are enough for us to pick the great odds on Manchester United here. The possible return of Robin van Persie, because the Dutch striker stated that he is fit enough to be included in the squad, will add extra confidence for our bet, and for his club as well, and we believe that van Persie can be a great option for LVG if the game is not going like he wants. Our bet for the “Manchester derby” is on the hosts – Manchester United with Asian Handicap 0 on their side (draw no bet).
We believe that the better form and morale in “The Red Devils” locker room will secure them the final success in the Sunday derby. Possible win for “The Red Devils”, and a possible fail of Chelsea in their “West London derby“, may even add some extra ambitions for the club from Manchester, but we think that Louis van Gaal can realize his chances here well, and a Champions League return after one year break will be a great achievement for his first season at “Old Trafford”. One win in the “Manchester derby” can even reward him with some extra love from the supporters and with extra credits from Manchester’s board as well.
Possible starting XI:
Manchester United: De Gea – Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind – Carrick – Young, Herrera, Fellaini, Mata – Rooney. (4-1-4-1)
Missing players – Jonny Evans (suspended), Chris Smalling and James Wilson are questionable.
Manchester City: Hart – Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy – Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva – Dzeko, Agüero. (4-4-2)
Missing players – Wilfried Bony (doubtful).
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