The ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City are unbeaten in 53 Premier League (PL) matches against sides starting the game outside the top four (W44, D9). Manchester United will look to spoil that record as they travel across the city for a potentially fiery derby affair.
Unbeaten this PL season (W9, D2), City have the league’s best home attack (24 goals scored), best attack overall (33), and best defence (four conceded). Strangely, three of those four conceded were scored by defenders, while the other was a penalty.
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At home, City have six wins from six, registering three clean sheets and conceding just three goals. In fact, City have lost only once in 37 PL home matches since December 15, 2016 – however that loss came against United.
The visitors remain unbeaten in four PL games (W3, D1) and have lost just once since the start of September (W5, D2, L1). However a leaky defence has resulted in 18 goals conceded already – only five teams have conceded more ahead of this round.
On the road, United have three wins in six PL trips (W3, D1, L2), scoring exactly two goals in five of those matches. They are seeking a second-successive PL win at City, for the first time since 2010.
Players to watch: Sergio Agüero (City) has 17 goals and five assists in his last 13 PL games at the Etihad, while Anthony Martial (United) has scored in each of his last four PL fixtures.
Stat attack: City have scored 48 goals in 15 PL home games in 2018, an average of 3.4 per game. They have failed to score just once.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in United’s last five PL matches, and in 21 of City’s last 24 top-flight home games.
United have kept just one PL clean sheet this season – that was at Burnley back in September.
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Referee: Taylor A. (Eng),
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
The referee of today’s match will be Anthony Taylor.
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