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MANCHESTER CITY V SHEFFIELD UNITED MATCH/BETTING PREVIEW

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It’s now curtains to any lingering hopes Manchester City were harbouring about wresting their crown from Liverpool but they can salvage some pride from the visit of Sheffield United.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday, 29th December
Kick-off: 19: 00
Venue: Etihad Stadium
TV Channel: Amazon Prime

Manchester City surprisingly threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 versus Wolves last time out, an uncharacteristic capitualation which was made even worse following Ederson Moraes early sending off.

The Citizens are now 14 points off the pace setters who have a game in hand, so it is even better they turn attentions to clinching a Champions League place sooner rather than later. With Leicester City pulling further away from their reach after winning yesterday, and their Manchester counterparts, United equally picking up maximum points, Pep Guardiola’s team know they need not slip up again.

Sheffield United have been impressive in the top-flight this season, and are pushing for European football qualification. They are placed eighth and even stand a chance of ending the year in the top four with an unlikely victory here. City are a class apart them, but they will more than fancy their chances against a team undergoing tough times.

Significantly, the Blades are unbeaten on their travels so far this season in the Premier League (W3, D6) but you have to go as far back as 1987 to the last time they managed a victory away to Manchester City in any competition.

Team news

Manchester City

Ederson is ruled out of this clash following his red card against Wolves.

Gabriel Jesus and David Silva are doubts for the hosts.

Sheffield United

Simon Moore is the only injury concern for Chris Wilder coming into this one.

Head to Head

There have been 117th competitive meetings between these two sides in history, with City managing 46 wins to United’s 37. 34 games have ended as draws.

Match stats

Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in their last seven home league matches against Sheffield United.

Sheffield are unbeaten in their last nine league away games.

Manchester City have scored at least twice in six of their last seven league matches.

Team form

Manchester City will be hurting after the disappointing result versus Wolves last time out and will, no doubt want to make amends with a rousing performance in this one. Manchester City’s last five games in all competitions (WWWWL)

Sheffield United come into this one after drawing with Watford on Boxing Day. They remain unbeaten in their last four. Sheffield’s last five games in all competitions (LWWWD)

Betting preview

This one signals a tight game, with fatigue fast taking it’s toll on players no thanks to the busy schedule they have had to contend with. Sheffield have one of the division’s best defensive stats away from home, letting in just seven goals in their last nine travels, so it will take some time for City to break them down.

Under 2.5 match goals then comes to mind and at odds of 15/8 might be of appeal in this game of few value options.

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