Preview - Sheffield United vs Manchester City 22 January 20

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Match Day 23
Sheffield United vs. Manchester City
Wednesday, January 22nd 2020
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Bramall Lane

Sheffield United:
Last five matches form: D L L W D
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: John Fleck and Lys Mousset (5)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.78
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (5)

You have to wonder just a little how easy it is going to be for Manchester City to keep up their motivation levels now - at least in terms of the Premier League - with Liverpool now away and gone in the title race. Given the perfectionist that Pep Guardiola is though, they can probably still be relied upon to give it their all in the remainder of the season. Next up for second placed City it's this trip to Bramall Lane to take on seventh placed Sheffield United.

City picked up the points in the reverse of this fixture with a 2-0 success at the Etihad. The most recent clash between the sides here came in the FA Cup back in 2008 - Sheffield United winning that one 2-1.

No confirmed absentees for Sheffield United who look to be at full strength for this one. Leroy Sané and Aymeric Laporte are out for City.

Sheffield United continue in largely excellent form, with their only two defeats in their past eight coming in away trips to Liverpool and against todays opponents. They have won five of eleven at home, which is a solid enough record on their first season back in the top flight. Having conceded one or fewer goals in eight of those games, they are generally pretty tough to break down here.

City arrive on the back of a disappointing result having been held to a draw by Crystal Palace at home. They have won seven of eleven on the road, impressively scoring two or more goals in all bar one of those games - with that one exception coming at Liverpool.

As good as Sheffield United have been at the back, City's record would suggest that they will score at least twice here, and that may be enough to outgun their hosts.

Prediction: Sheffield United 1 - 2 Manchester City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 4 - 18
Shots on target: 1 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 13
Possession: 33% - 67%

Muhamed Besic, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck and Oliver McBurnie were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Lee Mason also taking the names of Fernandinho, Rodri and Sergio Agüero of the visitors.

Only a narrow victory for Manchester City, but a victory nonetheless, and there isn't really much of an argument that they didn't fully deserve it. Typically bossing possession and restricting the hosts to just the one shot on target, they overcame some stubborn resistance and a missed penalty to pick up the points.

City were making most of the early running and very nearly took the lead when pouncing on an error from the home side. Raheem Sterling to Riyad Mahrez on the right. Mahrez back inside to Sterling in the area and the England man only denied by a superb one-handed stop from home keeper Dean Henderson.

City were then rightly awarded a penalty in the 35th minute when Chris Basham sent Mahrez tumbling in the right of the area. Gabriel Jesus stepping up and going low to the left. Henderson was again up to the task though to palm away at full stretch. Goalless at the interval.

Cities winner arrived 17 minutes from time with what was just about a trademark goal from Pep Guardiola's men. Kevin De Bruyne on the ball towards the right corner of the eighteen-yard box and fizzing in an irresistible low ball to take the keeper and defence out of it. Sergio Agüero the man arriving to apply the finishing touch into the empty net from only a couple of yards.

No change for City who stay second and 13 points behind Liverpool having played two games more. Sheffield United remain in seventh spot.

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