Manchester City vs Manchester United – Premier League: Derby in Manchester with
a special taste, since it has little to no impact for one of the clubs, while it might be vital for the interests of the other.
José Mourinho might take advantage of the fact that the focus of their opponent is on another competition, to win this derby that might give them some hopes about the future, but that won’t say much about the present.
Let’s start by the team that plays at home. Manchester City was completely dominated, surprised and run over by Liverpool on the 1st half of this Wednesday’s match, counting towards the Champions League.
They’ve conceded 3 goals, they were exposed defensively, and they never managed to find a way to have the ball and find the space to do what they’re used to do.
Pep Guardiola’s team managed to change the trend of the match at half-time, recovering their “senses” on the 2nd half, but they couldn’t get to the goal, which means that 0-3 loss on the 1st leg of the Champions League’s quarter-finals puts them, now, in the need of a miracle.
Since that match will be played already on the next Tuesday, there isn’t much room to leave the Champions League aside and putting a lot of importance on the Premier League’s match, since that, with a 16-points advantage, it’s only a matter of when they will clinch the title mathematically.
Even if there was a question of pride about winning this derby, on this situation, the reality should overcome that.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Betting Tip and Prediction:
There’s enough room, that way, for José Mourinho’s team to approach this match a bit more freely, with the objective of winning the derby.
United is far from having the 2nd place guaranteed and dropping points on this final stretch of the Premier League might mean they would lose their advantage on that position.
That’s another reason for us to expect a more offensive approach from United, more focused on winning this match than their rival. However, maybe that is expecting too much.
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