Manchester City will go into their 183rd Manchester Derby this weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s side making their way to Old Trafford for their first match-up of the season.
City will be going into the game with a great run of form behind them and a point to prove after losing their last two Manchester derbies in all competitions, with the most recent being the 2-0 loss in March last season at Old Trafford.
Pep’s side are unbeaten in their last five games with four wins and a draw, keeping a clean sheet in all five games – whilst United recently tasted defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday against RB Leipzig losing 3-2, being condemned to the Europa League.
A convincing 3-0 win over Marseille has set City up well for an all-important contest this Saturday, with. The club no doubt hoping to climb their way back to the top spot to win their third title under Guardiola since joining the club in 2016.
The Derby has changed in many ways over recent years, with the fixture previously being seen as a lesser challenge for United but has gone on to become a key fixture in the calendar for both clubs.
Sir Alex Ferguson once described the Blues as their ‘noisey neighbours’ – something that I am sure the Scotsman lived to regret, with those noisey neighbours now becoming the landlords of the City, making United pay for their years of torment and mockery.
With the past decade proving an important time in the history of football in this country and City growing to become the team to beat over recent years – it is evident that the aforementioned powershift has had a big impact on United.
City will be wanting to right their wrongs of last season having missed out on their third Premier League title in a row after Liverpool cruised to victory over the rest of the league – and will aim to prevent the Reds from winning back-to-back titles this campaign.
Despite the recent form in the derby between the two sides, City are still favourites to win this Saturday with Betway, whilst United are the underdogs to secure three points this weekend. I am going for a 3-1 win in Pep’s favour, with the Blues stronger on paper than Solskjaer’s United at the moment.