Stadium: Etihad (Manchester)
Referee: Michael Oliver
06.03.2022 19:30 MSK
Manchester City will play host to Manchester United at home in the centrepiece of the 28th round of the English Championship. This will be the visitors' first severe test in the EPL. What are the expectations for the top-flight derby?Get Your Welcome Bonus!
Manchester City's last two EPL games didn't follow an ideal scenario. First, Guardiola's side lost 2:3 at home to Tottenham in a dramatic finish. Then, there was a challenging away game at Goodison Park against Everton. It was only in the game's closing stages that Manchester City won the game thanks to Foden's shot. The City continues to lead the EPL table with a six-point lead over Liverpool (but the reigning champions have one more game).
Manchester United has become more interesting under Ralf Rangnick, but they have failed to pick up points in the games in which they are regarded as favourites. Recent losses against Burnley, Southampton and Watford come to mind. Against the Hornets, United had a huge game advantage, but the Devils could never score. Despite these losses, United are still fourth in the English league table (47 points).
Expert Betting Tips
For Ralf Rangnick, the game against Manchester City will be a real test in the EPL. The Citizens have suffered two defeats in the last five rounds, so the reigning EPL champions no longer want to lose points and let Liverpool down. There is no doubt that the home side will be the better side of the game, while Manchester United will have to be patient and wait for their chances on the counterattack.
Such tactics could play a cruel trick on Rangnick if you look at the overall form of the defenders this season. Shaw and Dalot have failed to keep pace with their opponents' attacking flank players. Maguire and Varane have celebrated through the game by bringing in goals. Manchester City will be careful with their scoring opportunities, so we expect productive football at the Etihad. The 28th round of the current EPL campaign will break their losing streak in the Manchester derby.
We won't write United off, especially as they have had good performances at City's field in recent seasons, winning three in a row. The Red Devils' handicap could be a valid option for the upcoming game.