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STAR PREVIEW: Manchester United v Manchester City

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]erby Day really does live up the billing on this Super Snowy Sunday and there’s even more spice than usual with Man City bidding for a record 14 straight Premier League wins. They’ll need one more win though to break the top flight record which is currently held by the Gunners.

The earlier Merseyside Derby should surely go to Liverpool based on current form, so I have to really focus on the events at Old Trafford.

It couldn’t really have been scripted that Man City would seek to break the EPL record against their old adversaries but that fact that Man U are in seriously good form themselves, especially at home, makes this the match of the season so far for me.

Man U manager Jose Mourinho said: “I don’t need to know that a derby is something special for the people.

“For us, in the end, it’s three points but honestly, I think for the people born in the city and feeling the colours, it’s a good positive rivalry and a special match.

“For me, it’s one more big match against one of the best teams in the country. We are a better team than last year. I think City is also better than last season.”

City manager Pep Guardiola is set to make a late decision on the fitness of Vincent Kompany, after he withdrew from the squad to face Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Fabian Delph is also a doubt after illness.

Man Utd v Man City
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Premier / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Apr 2017 PREMIER Man City 0-0 Man Utd
Oct 2016 EFL CUP Man Utd 1-0 Man City
Sep 2016 PREMIER Man Utd 1-2 Man City
Mar 2016 PREMIER Man City 0-1 Man Utd
Oct 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 0-0 Man City
Apr 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 4-2 Man City
Nov 2014 PREMIER Man City 1-0 Man Utd
Mar 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 0-3 Man City
Sep 2013 PREMIER Man City 4-1 Man Utd
Apr 2013 PREMIER Man Utd 1-2 Man City

It’s set to be an explosive start but whether that converts to goals remains to be seen.

One sobering stat is that the last five times these two sides have met there have only been five goals.

On that basis alone ‘under 2.5 goals’ with Star Sports at around evens looks interesting in a game in which there could be plenty of two in-form sides cancelling each other out.


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