Man City vs Man Utd Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on November 1, 2014

Etihad Stadium Man City

Manchester City entertain rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon with both teams looking to kick start their stuttering seasons.

City were dumped out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night after losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle United with that result coming just says after a disappointing 2-1 defeat to West Ham in the league at Upton Park, so it’s safe to say it’s not been a good week for the Citizens.

And with league leaders Chelsea winning 2-1 against QPR this afternoon it leaves City nine points adrift so they’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways tomorrow in order to keep in touch at the top of the table.

United come into the game in slightly better form with Robin van Persie netting a stoppage time strike to earn a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford last Sunday.

However, despite that morale-boosting point, the 20-time champions sit down in eighth place in the table after enduring their worst start to a Premier League season so Louis van Gaal will be keen to build some momentum after a frustrating opening few months at the club.

Team news

City will be without David Silva after the playmaker was ruled out for up to a month with a knee injury picked up against Newcastle in midweek.

Samir Nasri made a successful comeback off the bench on Wednesday so the Frenchman should come back into the starting eleven tomorrow.

Yaya Toure is expected to shake off a minor groin problem to start in midfield but Frank Lampard is out with a thigh injury.

United welcome back Wayne Rooney after he served his three-match ban and van Gaal has laughed off suggestions his skipper is carrying a knock.

However, Radamel Falcao misses out once again after failing to recover from a calf injury that saw him miss last weeks draw with Chelsea.

Michael Carrick is pushing to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from an ankle injury while Ander Herrera is expected to come back in to the side after being left out last week.

Jonny Evans is edging closer to making his playing return from an ankle problem while Antonio Valencia is fit again after a hamstring issue.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Angel Di Maria: The Argentine wasn’t at his best against Chelsea but it was a rare blip in what’s otherwise been an impressive start to life at Old Trafford. City are certainly going to want to keep a close eye on him in this game as if they give him too much room, he’ll cause them problems.

Predicted Score

Man City 1-1 Man Utd: Both sides are yet to find their stride this season but I can see United causing City a few problems tomorrow and taking something away from the Etihad.

What team would you select and whats your predicted score for the game?

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9 Comments

  1. kazeem

    November 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    mancity will win

  2. DavidKing

    November 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I think Man United will win this one 2-1 and it will be the start for Us getting our form back . I brand this season “The Rise Of The Red Devils” ( who knows Rooney and Di Maria might score)… Go Go ManU!!

  3. Ichado Godwin Chris

    November 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Glory Glory Man United… 3pts For Man United@D Etihad… To Kick Start Our Season… N Create A Few Records… 1st Away Win… N Van Gaal’s 1st Derby N 1st Win. Lets Go 1 Chester U4Life. GOD Bless Man United,AMEN In JESUS NAME.

  4. stetomolfc

    November 2, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I think it will be a close one this time but gonna still go with City and say 2-1

  5. oluwafemi fakayode

    November 2, 2014 at 5:27 am

    it will b a gr8 win,if mam utd win did match in othet 4 we to redeem our image frm manchesta deby

  6. frank malebeto

    November 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Man city will win 3-2

  7. Gift mendulo

    November 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Man u win win win in the name of jesus

  8. George Oyoo

    November 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

    In case Rooney scores before RVP then the result will be 3-1 in favour of Man utd. GGMU

  9. Tersoo peter

    November 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Man city 2 man u 1.up city,go for goal.

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