The Manchester Derby for Bragging Rights
First and foremost, this is one of the biggest derbies in world football and for both sets of fans. There is no greater feeling than seeing your team come out victorious at the end of a Manchester derby.
Pre-match build by the fans
After dominating the league last year, Manchester City fans will taunt the United fans with songs and a feel of superiority. This may come back to them as last year United came from 2-0 at half time to win 2-3 at the final whistle. The blues fans were at the end of the banter that night.
With this match being on Sunday afternoon, the pre-match hype will be growing throughout the weekend and will reach a crescendo come kick-off at 8:00 PM local time.
The ‘Injury’ Derby
There’s one thing in common both teams have faced in 2019: injuries to key players.
From the blue side, Sane didn’t even play a single minute in the Premier League this season, with an injury at the community shield. A more crucial injury was the centre half Aymeric Laporte on August 31st against Brighton.
The Citizens conceded 17 goals this season, compared to 6 last season after 16 matches. They are also trailing the leaders Liverpool by 11 points. Adding the fresh injury of their prolific scorer Aguero, the key injuries might play a significant role against the Red Devils.
From the red side, the story isn’t better at all. The most noticeable injury is Pogba, who only has 5 appearances the entire season. There are some unconfirmed rumours he’ll play against City, but chances are slim. Another possible injury is Martial.
He was injured vs Tottenham (United won 2-1), but before he returned against Norwich, United struggled upfront. If Martial is healthy, this will free Rashford who’s in fine form the last 7 matches.
A Desperate Title Challenge Against a Desperate Champions League Spot
When 2019-2020 season began, neither teams expected to be where they are in the table. City are in 3rd place 11 points adrift from Liverpool, a team that only lost 2 points the entire season. United are in 6th place, 8 points from the revived Chelsea sitting in 4th place. Any points lost for each side might be devastating. Beyond each team’s ambition, though, colouring the city red or blue will always deliver a unique experience.
My Tip for a Flutter
City found their goals vs Burnley, but their defence has been shaky all season. The last time City had a clean sheet was against Aston Villa on October 26th. Even without Aguero, they always have at least a goal in Manchester City.
I see United exploiting the gaps in City will give them, with James and Rashford’s fast play on the counter. United is haven’t lost a match against the top 6 all season, and like their previous manager Mourinho said, ‘they prefer to play against top teams’. Therefore, my verdict for the match is: 2-2.
Which player and manager will have the final say on the 7th December 2019?