This mouth watering clash between two of the city of Manchester best clubs will come on the 7th of March, 2021 at 4:30 GMT, 5:30 pm Nigerian time.

Champions-elect, Manchester City are just three-quarter of their way to a new win rate of 28 straight wins in professional football, and could go on to surpass their club record of 28 games unbeaten run by fulltime. Impressively, City’s average margin of victory across their current winning streak is 2.24, with two-thirds (14) of those 21 wins witnessing a halftime City lead.

The Cityzens have also beaten a second half handicap in seven of their last fourteen wins, in addition to winning all of the last 20 games to see them score first. City did both in the EFL Cup in January, but with the Cityzens’ last winning a home Head-to-Head after conceding first back in January 2010, shows there is a potential weak spot.

Manchester United are yet to concede over 1.5 goals on the road in the league since Boxing Day, the Red Devils also pursue a record. They are unbeaten in 21 Premier League away games (W13, D8), but of the draws came in the run’s last four games, and it is still six short of equaling Arsenal’s 27-game record.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Man United lead the top flight Head-to-Head record (W58, D48, L45), but they are currently just a goal ahead in that series (GF: 209, GA: 208). The Red Devils saw three consecutive of their decisive goals across the last four wins therein come between the 16th to the 30th minute. Curiously, the last two of those first-half deciders both came through their French striker, Anthony Martial.

Ilkay Gundogan has averaged one second half goal per Premier League game across City’s last four clean sheet home wins to yield 2+ goal margin. In red Manchester, Bruno Fernandes have netted 60% of United’s competitive away goals in February, and each of his last four converted penalties have come in victories producing over 2.5 total goals.

Pep Guardiola have only one injury concern in Nathan Ake who has a Muscle Injury and should miss the Red Devils visit.

For Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, he will be without Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba due to Thigh injuries while David De Gea is witnessing the birth of his daughter in Spain and will miss this encounter too. Anthony Martial and Donny Van de Beek will undergo a late fitness test to ascertain their readiness for this fixture.

This Manchester Derby at the Etihad will see Anthony Taylor as the centre referee. 


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