Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Manchester United V Manchester City

TheHardTackle
Overview

With both team winning in their Champions League tie, they will be looking to fight it all out in the Manchester Derby. Rooney with 2 goals against Otelul Galati from the spot, and Aguero grabbing a late winning against Villareal. Both striking department doesn't seems to have a problems finding a winner.

With United dropping points against Liverpool last week, City will be looking to widen the gap by continuing with their great form. Free-scoring City have notched an amazing 27 goals in 8 games(average 3.38goals/game), and conceding just 6, but 5 of those were conceded away from Etihad Stadium.
On the other hand, United look determined to get all 3 points and get ahead of their rivals to regain their top spot. Fergie's side with 25 goals in 8 games (average 3.13goals/game) and conceding 6 goals too. But remember the 8-2 win against Arsenal and 0-5 win against Bolton Wanderers, bring their goal average higher. They have just been scoring 1 or 2 in the last few weeks.

The past 4 matches between the teams playing at Old Trafford yield a whopping total of 19 goals, so you can expect lots of goal scoring opportunities on 23 Oct. Another interesting fact is that City have not won United at Old Trafford in the last 5 heads up. City won United only in the 2007/2008, the year which they won the UEFA Cup.

Both teams have huge squad depth and I can see both managers experimenting their players in the past few games. I will give a rough prediction of the starting line up.

United - De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Nani, Fletcher, Giggs, Young, Welbeck, Rooney
City - Hart, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Barry, Yaya Toure, De Jong, Nasir, Da Silva, Dzeko


Verdict 
The whole of Manchester would be watching the game as well as their rivals. It will definitely be a free flowing, open attacking style of football from both sides. This by far the most exciting Manchester derby.
Despite being a United fan, I love to see United edging one over their rivals, but City are really strong this season. A draw would be favourable result for United.




Prediction
Manchester United 2 - 2 Manchester City  

1 comment:

Football365Mo said...

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Later,
Mo