The biggest game of the weekend in the English top flight will see United and City go toe to toe in the Manchester derby on Sunday, with the hosts aiming to complete the double over their rivals, for the first time since 2010.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 8th, March
Venue: Old Trafford
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Manchester United have already beaten City twice in three meetings this season, and look yet in the best of form for this one following an impressive run of nine unbeaten games.
The Reds passed their prep test for this encounter in midweek when they brushed aside Derby County 3-0 in the FA Cup to move into the quarterfinals, and thus set themselves up nicely for this clash against a rival who they trail by 15 points on the league standings.
Even more heartwarming is their newly found resolve in defence: Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team have kept six clean sheets in their last seven at Old Trafford, and City will have to work their socks off here if they will enjoy any good fortunes for this one.
The Citizens also progressed to the next round of the FA Cup when beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 on Wednesday, extending their winning streak in all competitions to five.
They won 3-1 here in the EFL Cup earlier this season, and can open up a ten-point gap from Leicester City in third with a third successive league win over United at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah remains out.
Aymeric Laporte is a longer-term injury absentee for City. Kevin De Bruyne is also expected to sit out this one.
Head to Head
In 180 competitive meetings, Manchester United have won 74 games to City’s 52. 54 games have been drawn.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in five of Manchester United’s last six league games.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Manchester City’s last four league games.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 home league games.
Manchester United have now won two of their last two home games, scoring eight goals and conceding none. Manchester United’s last five league games(LDWWD)
Manchester City have also been decent recently, winning each of their last five in all competitions. City’s last five league games (DWLWW)
The complexion of this game might not be the one that necessarily lends itself to goals, with both sides likely to set-up in a risk-free, and keep things simple for long periods. An Under 2.5 goals market (13/10) pick thus looks the perfect fit for this game, and is the value pick for punters.