Man City vs Man Utd: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on April 30, 2012

Etihad Stadium Man City

Manchester City welcome rivals Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium for what could prove to be a title-deciding game.

Victory for Roberto Mancini’s men will move them top of the league on goal difference, but if Sir Alex Ferguson’s side can avoid defeat they will maintain their three-point lead heading in to the last two games of the season.

However, should United run out winners tonight they would only need one more point from their last two fixtures to secure title number 20.

Man Utd will be looking to avenge the humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of City in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, but go into the game off the back of last weeks 4-4 draw with Everton. The Toffees scored two late goals to rescue a point and give City a huge boost going in tonights game.

Team News

City are able to welcome back Micah Richards after the defender recovered from injury in time to make the squad. Controversial striker Mario Balotteli is also in contention after completing his three-match suspension.

However, the Italian may have to settle for a place on the bench with Roberto Mancini expected to continue with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero up top.

Fergie is sweating on the fitness of Nani and Jonny Evans, who are both doubts for the game, but it’s expected the duo will be fit for the game.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are in contention for a recall in place of Rafael da Silva at right back. Long term injury victims Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher and Anderson all remain on the sidelines.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Man City have a formidable home record this season, having won 21 of their 22 games so far, but haven’t scored at home against the champions for almost five years. United would surely take a draw before the game to keep the destiny of the title in their own hands, and we can see the game ending a stalemate tonight. Man City 1-1 Man Utd.

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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41 Comments

  1. Kheirow ali

    April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    The best result city cn get is 3-0 an unted wl take the trophy

  2. Kheirow ali

    April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    United 3-0 city

  3. Tijani saheed

    April 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I knw that man utd is the Favourite

  4. Akwari Humphrey

    April 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Man utd and man city wil be a very tough game be man utd wil win if only sir alex ferguson wil play a very good formation.And again we need the lights of nani ad young with rooney ad welbeck forward

  5. Michael Nnaemeka Junior N.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Man united most win tonight …..we believe ourselfs that we can do ondo. Up man u ? Pls this my number 07066267953: 2go is Michjew & facebook is Micheal Nnaemeka….thanks all fans.

  6. yene angel

    April 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    what a football between
    man utd/man city, d downfall of man u is sir alex ferguson bcos d features of d match was too pure bcos he would ve feature valicia/ashley young he went nd put nani gies for d first harf i was disapointed today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hamza

      May 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      I really wodner if ppl make some comments based on single game!!Some retards they are!JM .thanx 4 the comment dude!We won 6 nil .over a pathetic ManCity team!!It was a good game and all of a sudden u post that ?>!@$(0 up there!Be happy that the team won!Cuz on another day we wont beat city 6:0PS. dnt get carried away with all this revolution talk!Grant has been in charge for 3 weeks or so!!!And you’ve seen a a totally new Chelsea style??? PatheticIf i were Grant id be really concerned!!!the true test of a manger .is not to entertain througt 6:0 victories !!It’s creating tactics that will cause a team to win with their backs against the wall, even when it sometimes seems all hope is gone!!Not saying am talking about scraping victories!!But when we are down and thru the genius of Grant, Chelsea find a way out .thru the full length of a season then i’ll be more gracious with Grant!Some of the comments make ya’ll sound like Gummers fans! Yaay we are playin entertaining football! Focus on the premiership in its entirity and stop getting acrried away!Celebrate each win as a win not like we have won the premeirship already! 11

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