The eleventh day of the eleventh month is perfect for the biggest game in the Premier League this weekend.
The first Manchester derby sees Manchester City host Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.
Both sides will be going into the Super Sunday clash brimming with confidence.
During the week, both sides recorded morale-boosting wins in the UEFA Champions League. City, despite the leaks, put six past Shakhtar. United needed a late comeback against Juventus.
Which team will be victorious on Sunday?
After 11 league games, Manchester City currently sits atop the PL table. Pep Guardiola’s side has been ruthless up front. In their past 2 games in all competitions, they have scored 12 goals. In the league, they have scored 33 goals – an average of 3 goals per game.
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In the last 15 PL games they have played at home, City has scored 48 goals. They have made the Etihad Stadium a fortress. They have the best attack in the league. They’ve also got the best defence in the league.
Up against a Manchester United side that has conceded 18 goals, they will be looking to pile on the misery.
But it may not be as straight forward as expected.
United’s comeback against Juventus was the third time in a row the Red Devils have come from a losing position to win a game this season.
After conceding 2 goals in the first half against Newcastle, they went on to win the game. Despite conceding the first goal against Bournemouth, United won the game. It was the same narrative during their visit to Turin.
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This trend has left them chasing games most of the time. This derby is the perfect time to change strategy.
For Man. City to win, scoring first won’t be enough. They need to be as clinical as possible and make the most of their scoring chances. A wide margin early in the game can make all the difference.
Their defence will also have to find a way to stop a certain Anthony Martial who has now scored in four consecutive PL games for United.
For United to win this game, they have to play this derby like they did the last. The last time both sides met, Manchester United won the 5-goal thriller by the office goal. Ironically, it was a comeback win for United.
It’s been almost two years since City lost a home game in the Premier League. And the last time they lost? You’re right: it was a defeat at the hands of Man. United.
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will again share pleasantries on the touchline. The ‘noisy neighbors’ will welcome their cross town rivals to their turf. Who do you think will win the derby?
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