PREMIER LEAGUE

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STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Sat: Man United v Man City

The last Manchester Derby was a one-sided affair but this Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford should be a much closer encounter.

Erik Ten Hag’s side were crashed 6-3 in the first Derby of the season but since then they’ve won 15 of 18 matches in all competitions, pulling themselves right into the top four. United’s improvement appears to have gone almost unnoticed with other narratives grabbing the headlines, but their record speaks for itself.

United arrive here with eight straight wins under their belt, helped by Casemiro’s all round performances and a rejuvenated Marcus Rashford, who has scored in every single club game since the club season restarted.

Ten Hag’s side have quickly found and excellent balance between attack and defence – again with Casemiro at the heart of proceedings – whilst Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen provide plenty of creativity going forward, and their prospects for the rest of the season look bright.

Manchester United v Manchester City
Premier League
12.30pm BT Sport 1 HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD
(Maximum 10 matches)
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United
MAR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
NOV 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
MAR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 0-2 Manchester United
JAN 2021 EFL CUP Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City
MAR 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City
JAN 2020 EFL CUP Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
JAN 2020 EFL CUP Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United

Manchester City suffered a rare EFL Cup defeat when going down 2-0 at Southampton in midweek, but we can expect a changed team and a big response. Pep Guardiola’s side are perfectly poised to chase down Arsenal – they still have to play the Gunners twice and are only five points behind – but they can expect a serious test here.

The attacking story of their season has been the incredible story of Erling Haaland – who has 27 goals in all competitions, with an astonishing 21 of them coming in the Premier League – although the likes of Kevin de Bryune (nine Premier League assists, 50 chances created), and Bernardo Silva (five assists, 17 chances created) have also shone in midfield as expected.

City remain as strong as ever and are deserving of favouritism, but there’s good reason to suggest this will be their toughest test of the season. Pep Guardiola’s men have played just three games against sides currently in the top six – a 3-3 draw at Newcastle, the 6-3 thumping of United, and a 1-0 loss at Liverpool.

United are a much-improved outfit from the one that went down 6-3 at the Etihad, and if City are going to come out on top, one can expect a hard fought success. The 13/5 on them winning by one goal makes appeal, whilst the Draw/Manchester City option could also be value.

WILLIAM KEDJANYI


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