Manchester City vs Manchester United FA Cup Preview Jan 8th

by Punter's Hero on January 8, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Man City vs Man United – FA Cup – Jan 8th

The biggest game in the third round of the English FA Cup this weekend will feature the nation’s top two teams as Manchester City and Manchester United are set to face off against each other at City’s home ground Etihad Stadium.

City sits on top of the table in the English Premier League with 48 points while United is three behind them with 45 after losing their last two league games and allowing six goals in the process. While this game has nothing at all to do with the EPL, United and their fans definitely won’t forget the 6-1 beating that City laid on them at Old Trafford in a league game back in October.

With both of these teams crashing out of the European Champions League, the FA Cup will suddenly become important to them. With their two losses in a row, 3-2 at home to Blackburn and 3-0 in Newcastle, United comes into the game in poor form while City beat Liverpool 3-0 in their last game, but lost 1-0 in Sunderland in the match before that. In fact if United lose this game it’ll be the first time they’ve lost three in a row in more than 10 years.

United will be looking to get a bit of revenge for their league loss to City, but will be without a few players due to injury. Captain Nemanja Vidic is out for the season while striker Michael Owen is still hurt along with Darren Fletcher, Fabio, and Tom Cleverly. Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling will be game time decisions.

City may show up for the game without Yaya and Kolo Toure as well as Gareth Barry and Mario Balotelli. However, that remains to be seen until game time. The Toure brothers are supposed to be heading home to Ivory Coast to prepare for the African Cup of Nations, but might still be able to play before leaving.

United has been struggling defensively, especially when the ineffective Rio Ferdinand plays. They’ve also experienced some trouble in the goaltending department over the last two games. Spaniard David De Gea gave up three goals at home to Blackburn and had a poor game while Sweden’s Anders Lindegaard let in three against Newcastle. However, these were the first league goals Lindegaard has let in all season. With Joe Hart tending goal for City, the home team will definitely have the advantage between the posts.

Betting odds for Man City vs Man Utd

Until losing two in a row, United had won five straight games. City has won three, drawn one and lost one in their last five matches. Both of these teams boast enough firepower to run up the scoreboard, as witnessed in City’s 6-1 win in October, but this game should be a lot closer. It’s possible that it could end in a draw, forcing a replay. This game will tell how much character the United players have as they should want to give it their all to avenge their previous loss to City.

The current odds of a City win at sportsbook William Hill are listed at 11/10 with a United win at 13/5 and a draw at 11/5. Click on the banner up top to receive free bets.

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