Manchester United v Manchester City Preview, Stats and Betting Tips, Sunday 10th December 2017, Old Trafford, Kick off: 16:30 GMT

Shortly after Sunday’s Merseyside derby we are treated to a hugely anticipated Manchester derby which sees league leaders City up against their nearest challengers, United. The Citizens are enjoying a comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League and a win for them here would see them go a huge 11 points clear, surely making them impossible to catch.

Man Utd v Man City Head to Head Record

  • Man City 0-0 Man Utd – 27th Apr 2017, Premier League
  • Man Utd 1-0 Man City – 26th Oct 2016, League Cup
  • Man Utd 1-2 Man City – 10th Sep 2016, Premier League
  • Man City 0-1 Man Utd – 20th Mar 2016, Premier League
  • Man Utd 0-0 Man City – 25th Oct 2015, Premier League

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Man Utd v Man City Preview

A mid-week Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk spelled the end to City’s 20 game winning streak across all competitions. There were mitigating circumstances for the loss though as not only did City have absolutely nothing to play for, having already won the group, but Pep Guardiola rested several key names. Perhaps having the weight of the streak off their shoulders may be of assistance too because City haven’t looked quite as dangerous in recent weeks.

Once a side who tore teams apart, their last four games prior to Wednesday’s defeat in Ukraine saw them win by just a one goal margin. Not only have recent victories been slender but they’ve all come thanks to a late goal, 83rd minute or later.

Do City’s recent scrappy victories suggest that they are running out of steam, that the opposition is wising up or is it simply a slight and temporary dip in form? It’s perhaps a little too early to tell but you could argue that being able to grind out a win is a useful trait for a team eyeing the league title. In a game tight-looking game like this, having this never say die attitude could well give the visitors a boost.

Also giving them a lift will be their hugely impressive away record. Pep Guardiola’s side haven’t dropped a single league point on the road and they boast the best defensive away record with just four goals conceded.

Relevant Stats, Injuries and Suspensions

Man City may be the only side who remain unbeaten in the Premier League but United have won every single game at Old Trafford this season. Maintaining this winning run will be made harder by the host side’s list of injuries and suspensions. Paul Pogba saw red last weekend against Arsenal for his challenge on Hector Bellerin so the Frenchman is ruled out for this one. Also sitting out the game will be the injured Eric Bailly and midfielder Michael Carrick. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic are not quite fully fit but both are expected to play some part in Sunday’s clash. The involvement of Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini is far more uncertain though with Jose Mourinho simply saying the pair have a chance of playing.

As for Pep Guardiola, he has two major injury concerns that will be making him sweat. One serious doubt is David Silva who felt some discomfort after scoring the winner against West Ham last weekend. The 31-year-old has featured in every league game for his side this season and his absence would be a big blow.

Vincent Kompany would also be a huge loss if he’s not declared fit for this game. The Belgian centre back travelled to Ukraine mid-week but was pulled from the match-day squad due to a slight complaint. With John Stones and Benjamin Mendy also missing from the City defence, another big name loss at the back could prove decisive.

Man Utd v Man City Tips

Jose Mourinho will know all about City’s attacking abilities so he’ll no doubt be looking to keep things tight at the back as he often does so well. No side has scored more Premier League goals than City this year but recently they’ve lost a little of that cutting edge. Up against a side that has conceded just one league goal at home this season, this could spell trouble for the visitors.

This contest has often lacked goals lately and things are shaping up to be a low scoring affair once again, making under 2.5 goals at 1/1 with Betfair a tempting wager. In the win market, it’s a tricky one to call but United at odds of 12/5 with Coral are worth taking a punt on. They’ve got an excellent home record and look capable of taking advantage of City side who haven’t been playing their best stuff of late.