When Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho arrived in Manchester last summer, the expectation was of an all-Manchester title race. However, with 6 games left, the coveted trophy is guaranteed to be returning to London, and these 2 giants of the game must now battle to ensure their place in the Champions League next term.
The last 5 Premier League Manchester derbies at The Etihad have ended with 2 wins for City, 2 wins for United and 1 draw, but who will come out on top in a clash with so much more than local pride at stake?
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) suggests that it’s Mourinho’s side that has the edge heading into the fixture, with the Reds topping their cross-city rivals in 8 out of 15 key statistical areas over their last 10 respective outings.
City have won just 2 of their last 6 in the Premier League, whilst United are on a 23 game unbeaten run. Both sides have suffered from too many draws this term, but José’s side certainly looks the more resilient.
Despite a wealth of attacking talent, both sides are currently struggling for goals with averages of just 1.5 and 1.6 per game. This means that defensive solidity has become even more important, and it’s United who are by far the stronger here.
David de Gea & co have conceded just 5 in their last 10, and are currently keeping clean sheets in 50% of their matches. City, meanwhile, are allowing a staggering 17% of shots taken on their goal to find the back of their net.
Manchester derbies are always tense affairs and this one will be no different, but as debut seasons draw to a close it’s United who look the stronger. It’s a close call, but the smart money is on Mourinho’s men to grab a huge result tomorrow night.
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