Manchester Derby 2014

This entry was posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Upside Down Worlds Collide

Despite being five places above their rivals ahead of Sunday’s showdown, it is Manchester City and their manager Manuel Pellegrini who head into this fixture under greater pressure. Has ever a statement been more emblematic of the swinging status-changes undergone by the two Mancunian clubs – City sweating blood for lying ‘only’ in third place, whilst United laze around in mid-table, having already written the season off as transition, the pressure off despite a monstrous summer spending spree. The stage is thus set for the game of the weekend, with all due disrespect to Leicester City vs West Bromwich Albion.

As Gary Neville ably demonstrated on Monday Night Football, Chelsea should have finished Manchester United off long before Robin van Persie’s Fergie Time equaliser last time out, and one senses City won’t make the same mistake. In Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, they have the two most consistent offensive players in the league, and United simply don’t have the midfield muscle (in spite of the returning Marouane Fellaini) or defensive nous (compatriot Marcos Rojo will have to use all the experience of his national team training sessions) to keep them quiet for 90 minutes.

We fancy a relatively routine City win, if such an expression is not a pure oxymoron, and are going to take the 2-0 on offer with our good friends at Paddy Power. And if David Silva is out injured, take the 13/5 on likely replacement Samir Nasri netting at anytime.

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