Manchester City’s last stand could come on April 30th at home at Etihad Stadium when they host Manchester United in the city’s local derby. City’s only realistic hopes of winning the English Premier League title this season rely on winning this game and taking over first place by goal difference.
United is currently leading the league table with 83 points while City is just three behind them at 80. However, City’s goal difference is 60 while United’s is 54. A win here will put City on top with just two games to go in the season for each team. A United win will more or less guarantee them first place while a draw will make for an interesting end to the campaign. See our free live bet offer for City v United.
United has beaten City twice already this year with a 3-2 wins in the FA Cup and Community Shield, but suffered a humiliating 6-1 loss at home to them in the league. City hasn’t lost at home all season in EPL play with 16 victories and a draw, but United’s FA Cup win over them came at the Etihad.
City manager Roberto Mancini said a few weeks ago that United would win the league and the title race was over. However, United then lost 1-0 to Wigan and then dropped two more points with a 4-4 draw against Everton last weekend at home. City managed to beat Wolves last weekend and has won three in a row. The race is definitely back on.
United’s draw against Everton cost them dearly especially considering they held a 4-2 lead late in the game, but allowed Everton to score twice in the final seven minutes. The defending was atrocious on the goals, thanks to the poor performances of Rio Ferdinand, Johnny Evans, and Rafael. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson may decide to make some changes in the back four and could install Phil Jones and/or Chris Smalling.
United will have to play without midfielders Anderson, Paul Pogba, and Darren Fletcher, as well as goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, forwards Federico Macheda, and Michael Owen and captain Nemanja Vidic. For Manchester City, striker Mario Balotelli will return to the squad after serving a suspension due to his red card earlier in the month at Arsenal. Defender Micah Richards should also be in the line-up after missing last week’s win at Wolves.
The two teams have met at Manchester City 14 times in the EPL with United winning eight times, City winning four games and the other two being draws. United has also outscored them in the process 19 to 16. United is undefeated on their least three trips to Etihad Stadium.
City vs United Predictions
Of course, this is a huge game and the title rests on it. However, each goal is crucial too in case the league comes down to a draw on points at the end of the season and is decided on goal difference. That’s why this game could be a relatively low-scoring affair. Look for a cautious game with long periods of inactivity. However, there will be some scoring chances carved out and City might do enough to draw even in the title race with a 2-1 win. Andre Marriner will referee the match.
Sportsbook William Hill shows the current odds of a Manchester City victory at 5/4 with a Manchester United win at 5/2 and a draw at 2/1.