England – Premier League
Match start: 21:00 (GMT+1)
8,5 months ago just at the beginning of the current football season the new teams of José Mourinho and Josep Guardiola were waiting for two main table positions at EPL. And two calendar meetings of these clubs from Manchester were called English El Clàssic hinting at recent struggle of two coaches of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The teams are really struggling but not for the champions’ title but for the 4th final position. And now in the forthcoming 174 derby in their history (+50=51-72) the cost of 3 points is extremely high both for hosts and for guests.
Table position of the leaders
Chelsea – 75 (32), Tottenham – 71 (32), Liverpool – 66 (34), Manchester City – 64 (32), MU - 63 (32), Everton – 58 (34), Arsenal – 57 (31)…
To great satisfaction of the fans of English football we are now facing very interesting ending of calendar season.
It is clear that Chelsea and Tottenham will continue their struggle for the champions’ title. But here is the question: who will take the 3rd and the 4th lines? After the fiasco of Liverpool during the home match with Crystal Palace (1:2) two main challengers for two left vacant berths became two football clubs from Manchester. As both City and United while compared with the team of Jürgen Klopp have two more matches to play…
So, all attention is paid at Manchester arena Etihad Stadium:
April 30, 2012 – 1:0 (Kompany);
December 9, 2012 – 2:3 (Touré, Zabaleta- Rooney 2, Robin van Persie);
September 22, 2013 – 4:1 (Agüero 2, Touré, Nasri- Rooney);
November 2, 2014 – 1:0 (Agüero);
March 20, 2016 – 0:1 (Rashford);
Significant squad losses of the guests
As we see during 5 last calendar matches at home arena football players of MU were celebrating success for 2 times. But this time it won’t be easy for the team of José Mourinho to win due to obvious lack of necessary points.
MU has lost Zlatan Ibrahimović during the match with Anderlecht. The injury is so serious that surgical intervention is necessary. The football player is on his way to Pittsburgh where he will wait for an operation in the clinic of famous American surgeon Freddie Fu. It is quite possible that the famous goal scorer would be able to play only in January 2018.
Except Zlatan Ibrahimović the coaches can’t rely on such football players as Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Christopher Smalling, Philip Jones, Antonio Valencia – the quintet of football players from first XI.
But the losses of the hosts of Etihad Stadium are minimal and all key players headed by Vincent Kompany, Yaya Touré, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Leonel Agüero are at the disposal of Josep Guardiola. And of course, the bet on City to win is obvious in this situation.
Manchester City – 1,90, draw – 3,75, Manchester United – 4,20;
Our tip: Manchester City to win - odds 1,91 Bet365