Manchester City vs Manchester United Match Preview
By Paul Stewart, Mon 17 July 2017 16:50
Clubs prepare for the first ever Manchester derby to be staged outside of England
The Blues face their rivals in the NRG Stadium, Texas, for the first Manchester derby to be held outside England. All of the betting odds can be found here of a match that should prove to be very entertaining.
City will be the slight favourites as this tis their first friendly fixture of the summer while United have a very busy schedule ahead, facing Real Salt Lake 3 days before and Real Madrid 2 days after. Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, will have time to rest his players before they also face Real Madrid 6 days later. This will be Guardiola’s first chance to show off his new singings. New keeper from Benfica Enderson will likely be in goals, whilst Kyle Walker from Spurs could be right back for City with Bernardo Silva on the right wing. Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz won't feature, however, as a loan move to Girona is thought to be imminent. Victor Lindelöf, Manchester United’s new signing had an impressive season for Benfic, and could be a key player for the reds this season. Romelu Lukaku will hope to shine after a poor debut against LA Galaxy.
The last few Manchester derbys have not been particularly entertaining affairs. They drew 0-0 last April in the Premier League and United beat City 1-0 in the EFL Cup, where United went on the claim the trophy. Guardiola's side won the first league derby on the season, securing a well deserved 2-1 victory last September at Old Trafford. City scored a whopping 17 goals in their last 5 matches of the season, whislt United only managed 11.
City head to the game on the back of a six–match unbeaten run. They have won each of the last four and drawn the other in the last five, scoring 17 goals and conceding four. Just like United, City have two losses in their last 10 outings. United, on the other hand have won three, drawn and lost once each, in the last five matches. They have scored 10 goals in the process, an average of two goals per game, and conceded four. They have three clean sheets in those five matches and from their last 10 matches they have lost twice. City, on the other hand, head to the game on the back of a six – match unbeaten run. They have won each of the last four and drawn the other in the last five, scoring 17 goals and conceding four. Just like United, City have two losses in their last 10 outings. You can check all of the stats for the game and the best odds here.