It’s evident there’s been a shift in Manchester in recent years, with the noisy neighbours proving they’re more than just that under Pep Guardiola, and the success speak for itself. However, head-to-head records in recent years show there’s very little to split the sides in one off matches.
Indeed, going back to the beginning of the 2014/15 season, these two sides have a balanced W8-D3-L8 record, with City’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford earlier in the season balancing that record up.
The majority of those Man United victories came under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and while the significance of the Manchester Derby won’t be lost on Ralph Rangnick, he can’t be expected to have the same affiliation with the fixture as his predecessor, and that will likely only serve to hinder his side on their visit to the Etihad on Sunday.
While United have come under some criticism under current management, they’ve been extremely difficult to beat with their only defeat over 90 minutes coming against Wolves, though draws to weaker sides have been the thorn in their side, with five in their last seven matches across all competitions.
Man City -1 Handicap Draw
Man City rarely see the spoils shared, with just one of their last 25 matches in all competitions finishing level, with 21 of those matches seeing them take the victory, highlighting their dominance this season. Despite that, the title certainly isn’t wrapped up with Liverpool hot on their heels, and anything other than three points here would see some serious doubts creep in.
In their seven matches against fellow top-six sides, only against Liverpool have they dropped points this season (W6-D1), with four of those six victories also coming to nil. However, they rarely put these sides to the sword.
When extending that bracket of top sides to the current top-nine in the t able, only twice have they won by more than a single strike, with one coming against Arsenal during their poor start.
United haven’t lost by more than that single goal margin since a 4-1 defeat to Watford which signalled the end for Solskjaer. It could be argued that their fixture list in recent times has been somewhat favourable, though draws with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid as well as victory over Arsenal in that time show they can avoid being rolled over by the bigger sides.
This will be Rangnick’s toughest challenge yet, though with the quality they have in their side we feel the value lies in them keeping this one tight, even if City do edge it.
MAN CITY -1 HANDICAP DRAW
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