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It’s the showdown many people have been waiting for. Manchester United will be taking on Manchester City this weekend in the Old Trafford.
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Manchester City is coming into this game as a slight favorite. Pep Guardiola’s team has been playing a nearly perfect Premier League thus far. They have won 14 out of their past 15 matches and split points with Everton at home in their single draw of the season. City is obviously absolutely dominating the league right now and is scoring more than 3 goals on average per game.
Manchester United has also heavily improved compared to the previous season. They are currently taking the second spot in the Premier League, 8 points behind Man City. Jose Mourinho is obviously eager in his approach to play football and therefore it is no surprise that United is not playing in the same flashy way as City. Man Utd is keen on keeping a clean sheet and often time tends to play a more destructive style of football. Even though many people may criticize that approach, it is exactly what made Mourinho a successful coach in the past couple of decades.
Coming into this match, there are some key aspects to be taken into consideration. Man Utd is going to be missing some of their key players in this game. Eric Bailly will be sitting out due to an injury, Paul Pogba will miss the game due to a red card, and Nemanja Matić is also still hurt. Without those key midfielders it will be way more difficult to establish a solid defense against the fast and skillful Manchester City squad.
I expect Manchester City to dominate this match in terms of attack and ball possession and see them going for the win in Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho will probably go into this matchup with a defense-first approach and focus on quick counter attacks. However, we should keep in mind that if Manchester United loses this game, they would already be 11 points behind Manchester City which is a huge gap. It’s a really tough match for United and I am excited to see what Mourinho can do.
This could be one of the most entertaining matches of the season with a lot of goals. Both teams have fantastic players on offense. City especially makes it look it easy when they are scoring goals basically anytime they want. Therefore I am leaning heavily towards the over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.89 @ Pinnacle.
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