The Manchester Derby: Match Preview

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The Manchester Derby: Match Preview

Man City v Man Utd

Venue: Eastlands Date: Sunday, 30 November Kick-off: 1330 GMT


Man City: 11th 17 points

Man Utd: 3rd 25 points

After losing against our bitter rivals twice last year, United and City go head-to-head for the 150th time on Sunday.

Man City are flying after beating Arsenal 3-0 last week, then beating Schalke 2-0 in the Uefa Cup. Two great results for City, made even better by the news that Robinho will play in this tie.

Man Utd are on the back of two straight 0-0 draws against Aston Villa and Villarreal respectively, Man Utd will look to bounce back and close the gap on Chelsea and Liverpool and will be boosted by the return of Berbatov from injury.

Man City Probable Line Up:


Zabaleta -  Richards -  Dunne - Garrido


Wright-Phillips -  Ireland

Vassell - Benjani - Robinho


Man Utd Probable Line Up:

Van der Sar

Neville - Ferdinand  - Vidic - Evra

Ronaldo - Carrick - Giggs - Park

Berbatov - Rooney


The Managers:

Mark Hughes says that he will focus on beating old club United and stick to the blue half of Manchester:

“It is about my team and my club going up against the best side at this time. They are European champions, league champions and it is a huge test.

“As a professional manager you want to test yourself against the best. My players are professionals and they want to beat the best. When you go up against United that is what you have to do.

“If you get a positive result against the top sides from your own point of view, your professional pride is as high as it can be.

“We will try and give United a very difficult game and are very excited by the prospect of doing so.”

Sir Alex Ferguson talks about City’s position in the table:

“Where are they at the moment?

“Excuse me! At this moment in time, our threats are still Chelsea and Liverpool who are sitting above us, aren’t they?”

“Spending money is easier said than done. That’s when decision-making has to come into it and it is Mark who is left with that responsibility."

Last five league meetings:

2007-08: City 1, United 0
2006-07: City 0, United 1
2005-06: City 3, United 1
2004-05: City 0, United 2
2003-04: City 4, United 1

Prediction: 1-2 It will be a tight encounter with both teams have good chances. The quality of Man United will be too good for City, with Rooney getting his 100th goal for the club on Sunday.

Man City Statistics

Goals 29
Total shots 217
Shots on target 88
Shooting accuracy 53 %
Goal conversion 13 %
Goals conceded 22
Clean sheets 5
Passing percent 79 %
Total Accurate Passes 4651
Crossing accuracy 26 %
Tackle success 73 %
Total fouls conceded 214
Total fouls won 196
Total clearances 5

Man Utd Statistics

Goals 25
Total shots 257
Shots on target 86
Shooting accuracy 49 %
Goal conversion 10 %
Goals conceded 10
Clean sheets 7
Passing percent 83 %
Total Accurate Passes 5361
Crossing accuracy 25 %
Tackle success 68 %
Total fouls conceded 165
Total fouls won 174
Total clearances 425

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