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Man City are the team to beat having found their groove again and have now lost just once in 28 matches across all competitions since late September, winning each of the past 11 as even the swagger in attack returned away at West Brom last time out.
Sheffield Utd are the only side to sit beneath the Baggies in the table after collecting a measly eight points from 20 games, though they stunned Man Utd on Wednesday to continue their uptick in form.
The Blades have now won four of five outings in all competitions, though it should be noted that half of those successes came in the FA Cup over bottom-half League One sides Bristol Rovers and Plymouth.
The other victory was achieved at home to a Newcastle side in dire straights at present, with the Magpies taking just two points from their past nine league games now, while Sheffield Utd’s other game in this sequence saw them outclassed 3-1 by Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.
Man City And Under 3.5 Goals
Although handing themselves a glimmer of hope in their battle to beat the drop, Chris Wilder’s men can’t be expected to take anything from the Etihad.
The visitors have still lost 19 of 23 league games since mid-July, failing to score in 12 of those defeats, though they’ve rarely been thrashed as only seven of these games saw them beaten by more than a one-goal margin, while only two of these clashes saw them beaten by three clear strikes.
Having said that, it’s noticeable that the Blades have been more prone to wider defeats on their travels. Nine of their 14 losses away from home since being promoted have come by at minimum two-goal margin, and a Man City side in blistering form should cover the -1 handicap.
Man City have won by a minimum two-goal margin in nine of their last 10 appearances and even if this sample includes wins over lower-division sides Birmingham and Cheltenham in the FA Cup, it still also featured convincing triumphs over Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd.
Man City To Win 2-0
City have won each of the three head-to-heads since the start of last season either 1-0 or 2-0, but Sheffield Utd are a shadow of the force that finished in the top half on their return to the top-flight.
Meanwhile, City in their current vein of form are a different proposition to the side that won by a narrow margin back in October, though we’re not convinced they’ll exceed the two-goal margin of victory.
Pep Guardiola’s side have only scored more than twice in two of 10 home league outings this season, though they managed clean sheets in all but two of these matches.
That includes 2-0 victories over Fulham, Newcastle and Aston Villa from six games at the Etihad since December, and although perhaps a little worse for wear in the final third with Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne sidelined, they’re solid at the back with John Stones and Ruben Dias striking up an excellent partnership at the back.