Competition – Barclays Premier League – Manchester United vs. Manchester City
Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, October 25 – 14:05 GMT – (10:05 ET)
Match Odds: Manchester United 6/4 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester City 13/8
This is a huge fixture for both sides even this early into the season. Manchester United sit third in the Premier League, on 19 points, trailing their opponents by two points.
Louis Van Gaal’s side have won four of their last five domestic games but come into this one off the back of a tough, well earned draw in Moscow in the Champions League in midweek.
Last weekend Manchester United thumped Everton 3-0, and they look like they mean business. Picking up points in games like these have huge implications on the title race.
Manchester City will be looking to continue their great run of form against their rivals. They have won four of the last five meetings between the sides.
City have been in great domestic form, winning 13 of their last 15 Premier League games, but have lost two in their last five. They have scored 11 in their last two domestic games.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side come into this one off the back of thumping Bournemouth 5-1, where Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick. Wilfred Bony impressed, stepping in for the injured Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City have some injury problems with key players missing, but will be more than up for the task of taking points from United this weekend. They scored a late winner to take all three points against Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, thanks again to Kevin De Bruyne.
Manchester United have four injury concerns. Luke Shaw remains out as he recovers from his broken leg. Ashley Young, James Wilson and Paddy McNair are all doubts.
Manchester City’s injury woes continue. They’ll be without key players Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and summer signing Fabian Delph.
Manchester United’s Form: W/W/W/L/W
Manchester City’s Form: W/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: City have won four of the last five in the Manchester Derby.
Key Player: Juan Mata – The Spaniard has been in excellent form so far this season and he will be looking to pick holes in the City defence.
Manchester United 2-2 Manchester City – The sides to share the points in a game full of action.