Manchester C. vs Man. United by Rahul
Manchester City were contend to hold out for a 0-0 draw last week in their 2 games against Norwich and Kiev, progressing to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time. The only bad news from that encounter is that they lost Vincent Company through a hamstring injury. Otamendi also faced a dead leg, but will probably be fit to take part in this encounter. Man City had been going through a spell of bad form in the Premier League after losses to Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester City, but their recent turn in form should give them confidence. There is a good chance that City will start with both Bony and Aguero up front to take the attack to United with Navas, Toure, Fernandinho and Silva sitting in the midfield to give service to the 2 up front. City have won 3 out of the last 5games between the 2 sides, with their earlier match at Old Trafford remaining a stalemate back in October. City have won 3 out of the last 4 games at home against United, and will want to continue that form coming into this encounter.
United have struggled with injuries and have been conceding goals for fun in recent times as has been seen in their 2 games against Liverpool, as well as against West Ham, West Brom, Arsenal, Sunderland, Mitdjyland and Chelsea in their games faced since February. The struggles for United have come when teams take them on while counter attacking especially with their full backs playing high up the field in Rojo and Darmian. Man City have always known to take advantage of Man United in these encounters, and might feel a slight advantage taking on United in the same way. City have already lost at home to Tottenham, Leicester and Liverpool this season, so United might feel if they take the early attack to City, they might be able to score especially with the pace they have in Martial, Rashford and potentially Depay starting this encounter.
This game has known to be a fiesty one, with the last few games seeing a lot of cards and with Michael Oliver taking charge, he likes to maintain discipline and is known to hand out a lot of yellow cards and even red cards in some fiesty encounters recently in Everton-Chelsea, Tottenham-Arsenal, Liverpool-Man City, Tottenham-Chelsea to name a few of those that have seen over 6 cards.
Man City seem to have a bit of momentum going for them after progressing to the next round of the Champions League; and will have confidence running through their veins ahead of this Manchester Derby, and I expect them to steal a win in this encounter.
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