December 16, 2017

Manchester Derby – Battle For Champions League

Manchester Derby – Battle For Champions League

Premier League presents another great spectacle as Manchester Derby is played on a fine Thursday evening. Today’s Manchester Derby is hosted by the blue team on their Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City vs Manchester United

The city of Manchester is currently painted blue. City took the spoils in the first encounter at United’s Old Trafford in September, but the red team were the victors last time the teams met. It was on October EFL Cup game, which United won 1-0 at home. Today is a whole different story. This time the Manchester Derby is all-important for both teams – and not only because of the bragging rights.

City is currently standing fourth in the Premier League, chased by United only one point behind. With six games to go, battle is fierce to reach the top-4 to qualify for Champions League – which is the minimum goal for all the big teams.

Manchester United has found a completely new form after a difficult start of the season. They have not lost in their last 23 games of Premier League, previous loss dating back to 23rd October when Chelsea bested United 4-0.

While City’s record from the same period is not as impressive, their only blemish at home has been in the hands of league leading Chelsea. On the road City has lost a couple, but in Manchester Derby the home advantage plays even a bigger role.

Last round Manchester United impressed by beating Chelsea 2-0 at home. City manager Pep Guardiola has had a full day’s work in analyzing how to stop Jose Mourinho’s tactically sound machine. Many times though, in Manchester Derby the tactics’ sheets are thrown out the window and it becomes a players’ game.

Stakes are as high as ever it’s likely to be an exciting matchup both on and off the pitch!

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