The central match of the upcoming Sunday in Europe without any doubt will be the Mancunian derby, United will host City at Old Trafford. Despite the field factor, the devils in this couple are clear outsiders, partially it is due to the Citizens’ great shape, who already forgot, when they lost points in the EPL, and partially it is due to the squad problems of United. Anyway, the action line looks more favorable for City.
Bailly, Matic and Carrick will not be able to play for Man Utd in the upcoming game due to injuries and Pogba because of a disqualification. Fellaini and Jones’ participation is also in question, i.e. there are clear problems in defense and midfield. It will be very hard for Mourinho to compensate the absence of the players, but the native supporters should help the Portuguese.
Manchester City lost for the first time in 20 matches in the last mid-week, but it is important to note, that the secondary squad performed in Kharkiv against Shakhtar. Guardiola let many leaders rest. As for the tournament situation, it is strategically important for Manchester City not to lose, the gap between the opponents is eight points, and it is better to be kept like this, but the Citizens don’t need the victory that desperately.
Manchester City are showing great results in the EPL, but they haven’t had extraordinary 5:0 victories for quite some time. The Eagles have bigger density of the matches and the games themselves are quite intensive, therefore there are some trouble with physical shape. Man Utd also play in a dense schedule, but the field factor must help the devils.
Prediction for the match: Manchester United not to lose