Manchester City v Manchester United
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
KO: 20:00 (GMT), Monday 30th April 2012
Referee: Andre Marriner
By Paul Bienkowski
The Manchester derby, tipped as the biggest derby ever by both Sir Alex Fergusson and Roberto Mancini, and also by the glorious British press!! This last week has been hell for me. The build up to the derby started as soon as the final whistle blew in the rather infuriating 4-4 draw with Everton, in which was stated Manchester United threw the league title away and City were now the favourites.
I had never heard such rubbish in my life. United threw the game away but it only merely opened the door for City as they were still 3 points behind with 3 games to go.
I have been confident all week and still am. The squad know what the fans expect and what Sir Alex expects from them. A win will effectively kill off City’s challenge this season, a draw would see us needing a win against Swansea and at least a draw at Sunderland to secure the title and a loss would mean 2 wins would be necessary for United and City would need to slip up at least once against either Newcastle or Queens Park Rangers.
The ball clearly lies in United’s court and the glorious 20th league title is theirs to win or lose. I expect a match similar to the one played at the Etihad in January in the FA Cup. United will be fired up and so will City!
I think Antonio Valencia and Nani will be the main problem causers for City and David Silva will be the problem for United. I am sure our back 4 should have learnt from their mistakes against Everton and I hope they hit the ground running. Whether Rafael will play RB or not is another story. We might see Chris Smalling at RB with Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans as CB’s with Evra at LB, who knows, apart from Sir Alex anyway!
Here’s to a great result for United tomorrow night, resulting with them 6 points clear with 2 games to go, it would certainly make my week and yours most probably!!
Match Facts – Manchester United
- Last 10 league game form – DWLWWWWWWW
- Last 5 league away game form – LWWWW
- Last 5 away games they have taken 12 points out of 15
- Scored 25 goals in their last 10 league games, conceding 7
- Top scorer in the league is Wayne Rooney on 26 goals
- Top assists in the league is Antonio Valencia on 13
- Have good form in the Premier League against City, playing a total of 29 games, winning 17, drawing 6 and losing 6; scoring 48 goals, conceding 34 and keeping a clean sheet 12 times
- Eric Cantona scored 7 goals in Manchester derbies, followed by Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes, both on 5 goals
- 6 clean sheets in their last 10 league games
- Score an average of 2.46 goals per game and concede 0.91 goals per game
- Achieved a clean sheet in 51% of their games
- David De Gea has had 12 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season
- 1st in the Barclays Premier League with 83 points
Match Facts – Manchester City
- Last 10 league game form – WWWLDDWLWW
- Last 5 league home game form – WDWWW
- Last 5 home games they have taken 13 points out of 15
- Scored 21 goals in their last 10 league games & conceded 8
- Top scorer in the league is Sergio Agüero on 22 goals
- Top assists in the league is David Silva on 13
- Beaten Manchester United 6 times in the Premier League
- 3 clean sheets in their last 10 league games
- Score an average of 2.49 goals per game and concede 0.77 goals per game
- Have achieved a clean sheet in 43% of their games
- Joe Hart has had 15 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season
- 2nd in the Barclays Premier League table with 80 points
Team News – Manchester United
De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio, Evra, Valencia, Nani, Park, Scholes, Cleverley, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez, Berbatov, Owen
Injuries/Doubts: Vidic, Pogba, Anderson, Fletcher, Lindegaard
Star Man: Antonio Valencia
Team News – Manchester City
Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Savic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Johnson, Nasri, De Jong, Barry, Y Toure, Pizarro, Silva, Balotelli, Agüero, Tevez, Dzeko
Star Man: David Silva
Match Prediction: Manchester City 1 – 3 Manchester United
By Paul Bienkowski