Preview - Manchester City vs Manchester United 07 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Sunday, April 8th, 2018
01:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 2.84
Average goals against per match: 0.68
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (21)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.94
Average goals against per match: 0.74
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (15)

If you asked Man City fans at the start of the season what their dream scenario would be for clinching the league title, the most popular answer may well have been to do so in front of their own fans against their biggest rivals.

Match Day 33 in the Premier League sees City get the chance to do just that as Manchester United travel across town to the Etihad. Should City win they will be crowned League Champions for 2017/18 with six games to spare.

City's performance at Liverpool may well haven given Manchester United some cause for optimism though, with Pep Guardiola's men being dismantled by a rampant Liverpool side. Manchester United simply don't possess the same attacking weapons as Jurgen Klopp's men though, and City will be bolstered by the likely return to the starting line-up of Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling here.

Manchester United seem unlikely to roll over, and will likely be set up to be as tough to break down as possible by José Mourinho. Arriving just about fully fit and having won four of their past five games they will be hopeful of delaying the inevitable City title triumph by at least one week.

Overall though City are vastly superior to this United side, average close to three goals per game at home and will be massively motivated for this. We don't expect them to let their fans down

Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 1 Manchester United


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots: 20 - 5
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 65% - 35%

Plenty of goals and plenty of bookings here as referee Martin Atkinson reached for his pocket on no fewer than nine occasions. Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, Danilo, Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus were the men booked for City. Ander Herrera, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba being the United players to have their names taken.

Considering they were doing a decent job of containing City's slick passing at the time, it must have been particularly disappointing for Manchester United to concede from a set piece in the 25th minute. A corner from the left seeing Vincent Kompany get the better of Chris Smalling to thump a header home.

Five minutes later, United were two down, and this was more like a typical City goal. Good work between Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan in the box seeing Sterling play the ball in to the German who produced a sublime turn across his marker before finishing into the bottom corner.

By the time we reached the break City could really have been five or six up, such was their dominance. Sterling in particular was guilty of missing a couple of golden opportunities. Pep Guardiola's men were so far on top by this stage that it was hard to see these missed opportunities coming back to haunt them……

United got one back in the 53rd minute. Alexis Sanches beating his marker and crossing fro Anders Herrera to chest into the path of Paul Pogba to slot past Ederson.

By the 55th minute we were all square. Pogba again. Sanchez dipping the ball into the box from the right this time to find Pogba racing in to head home.

After the 69th minute what had looked impossible became reality. A free kick, again from Sanchez evading all bar Chris Smalling unmarked in the six yard box. 2-3. Comeback complete.

Manchester United are now red hot favourites for second spot. City's disappointing week continued although it remains only a matter of time until they are confirmed as champions.

If ever there was a game of two halves this was surely it. Seemingly cruising towards their dream scenario of beating their big rivals to lift the title at the break, it all fell apart for Manchester City in the second half.

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