Big Match Preview - Man Utd vs Man City 11 Dec

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Dec 07, 2017, 07:38 PM Last Edit: Dec 07, 2017, 07:46 PM by Bensergi
Man Utd vs Man City
11 Dec, Monday, 00:30am

Big Match Preview:
It's the 175th Manchester derby, and one that could well decide the destiny of the 2017/18 EPL title race.

Man City are eight points clear at the top and that lead could move into double digits with a win at Old Trafford. No away side has scored more EPL goals at The Theatre of Dreams than Man City (27 - level with Chelsea).

But will Man Utd simply roll over? After all, they are riding on their longest unbeaten home run in the EPL with 14 wins and 10 draws. Their last defeat, incidentally, was administered by Man City in September 2016.

Should Pep Guardiola's side win this match then they will match the all-time English top-flight league record of 14 straight victories, set by the great Arsenal side between February and August 2002.

Man City have the league's most potent attack with 46 goals, and will give Man Utd custodian David de Gea a huge run for his money.

The Spaniard captivated the world last week with a virtuoso display at Arsenal, pulling off a string of 14 saves, helping Man Utd to a 3-1 win.

Man City, meanwhile, came from behind to beat West Ham 2-1, the third straight time they have prevailed by this scoreline in the league.

Big Team news:
Paul Pogba will sit out this derby after receiving his marching orders in the Arsenal win.

That is a massive blow to Man Utd although it has been cushioned by the good news that Nemanja Matic is set to play after recovering from a muscular problem.

Mourinho also said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has "a big chance" of featuring against City and Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini have "a chance" of being involved.

Eric Bailly and captain Michael Carrick are ruled out again. At the other camp, Spanish playmaker David Silva is doubtful for City, who could recall skipper Vincent Kompany and midfielder Fernandinho after the pair were rested last weekend.

Big Stats:
Big Stat 1: Man City have not scored in three of the past four Manchester derbies.

Big Stat 2: City's 2-1 victory in the corresponding fixture last season was Guardiola's eighth win over his old foe Mourinho.

Big Stat 3: Man Utd lead the head-to-head records with 72 wins and 52 draws. Man City won 51 times.

Fastgoal Prediction: Man Utd 2-2 Man City


Match Stats:

  • Man Utd 1-2 Man City
  • Shots: 8-14
  • Possession: 35%-65%
  • Corner kicks: 8-14

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side's title hopes are "probably" over because referee Michael Oliver failed to award them a penalty in their 2-1 loss to "lucky" Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's team stretched their lead at the top of the table to 11 points and became the first team to win 14 successive English top-flight games in a single season.

City took the lead their vast superiority deserved when man-of-the-match David Silva hooked home from close range after confusion at a corner on 42 minutes, only for United to be handed a lifeline in first-half stoppage time when poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph allowed Marcus Rashford to steal in for a composed finish.

Otamendi made amends nine minutes after the break when Romelu Lukaku - who had a poor game - lashed at a clearance in the area and the City defender pounced on the rebound to score.

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