Manchester City hosts Manchester United in round 28 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Sunday, March 6th at Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Manchester City tops the Premier League standings with 66 points after 27 rounds. Josep Guardiola’s team gained 21 victories and three draws and suffered three losses. The Citizens ended their 13-match unbeaten streak in all competitions after a 2-3 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. In the next two games, the Sky Blues managed to win but did not do it very confidently. In the Premier League match against Everton, they pulled out a victory in the 82nd minute (1-0). And they limited themselves to two goals scored in the FA Cup game against modest Peterborough United on March 1 (2-0).
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Manchester United is in fourth place in the standings with 47 points. The Red Devils have 13 victories, eight draws, and six defeats after 27 rounds. Under the management of Rangnick, they rarely lose to their opponents in the Premier League. The last loss took place on January 3 in a home match against Wolverhampton (0-1). In the next eight games, Manchester United avoided defeats but lost a lot of points due to five draws. One of them was recorded on February 26 in a home game against Watford (0-0). Despite the score, the Red Devils were active in attack but lacked luck and composure in the opponent’s penalty area.
There is an interesting trend in head-to-head confrontations on the Citizens’ pitch. Manchester United lost only one out of seven games at Etihad Stadium, gaining five victories and one draw. At the same time, the Red Devils looked faded at home. In the previous three matches in the Premier League and the League Cup, the hosts of Old Trafford did not win and did not even score against the Sky Blues. With all the problems after the appointment of Rangnick, Manchester United can spoil the mood of geographical neighbors in the upcoming game. As you understood, the Red Devils regularly score points at Etihad Stadium, and the bet on their victory with a +1.5 handicap brought profit in seven out of the last eight cases. Guardiola fielded a mixed lineup in the game against Peterborough, but the Citizens lost key defender Dias due to injury. The reigning champions of England are visibly exhausted because of the fight in the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League. This could play in favor of Cristiano Ronaldo and company, who didn’t play in the midweek.