Manchester Derby will be played on Thursday 27th of April, at the Etihad stadium. Arguably one of the biggest, if not the absolute biggest Premier League match of the season.
Manchester Derby, just like El Clasico at the weekend, has something extra this time around. El Clasico had the la liga title at stake. Manchester Derby has the TOP 4 position, or in other words; UEFA Champions League qualification position at stake.
There is a “catch-up” midweek round on Premier League. Meaning, not all the teams feature now, but mainly the teams that has had League Cup/FA Cup matches and their PL matches has been postponed. In addition to Manchester Derby there are 3 other matches, here are the kick-off times:
- Arsenal 1-0 Leicester
- Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland
- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham
- Manchester City vs Manchester United – 20.00, Thursday 27th of April
The extra motivation for Manchester Derby is hardly ever needed, both teams get fired up to face their city rival. Manchester Derby has also gathered mighty world-wide audience in recent years, as Manchester City has risen up to the competition in recent years. Manchester United is maybe the most/best marketed club throughout the world. Making the world-wide audience battle that of El Clasico(650million).
One point separates the sides in the Premier League table after 32 rounds. Making this match the possible tie-breaker in terms of who finishes in the TOP4 and gets to the qualifying round of Champions League. I would think it’s safe to say that neither team has any chance whatsoever to claim the Premier League trophy as the gap to Chelsea is 11 and 12 points respectively. BUT the 3rd position is up for grabs for both teams, as Liverpool surprising defeat to Crystal Palace over the weekend left them hanging just 2 points ahead of MCFC and 3 points ahead of MUFC. Both Manchester side’s has played 2 matches less than Liverpool.
Manchester Derby teams news ahead of the match:
Manchester United lost two players for unforeseeable future, as both Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered knee ligament injuries on their Europa League quarterfinal victory again Anderlecht on Thursday. On Zlatan’s case there has even been speculation of the threat that his career might be over due to the injury. Personally i hope that is not true, as Zaltan is one of the best players for the last 10 years running. He’s always entertaining no matter where he plays. Paul Pogba also wobbled off late in the Sunday’s Premier League victory against Burnley, but he should be ok to start the match on Thursday. Update, Wednesday 22.00: Paul Pogba will miss the match with injury, along with Zlatan, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
Manchester City defender Bakary Sagna will likely miss the match, but Gabriel Jesus should be able to play in the Manchester Derby after missing out due to late fitness test on the FA Cup semifinal. Update, Wednesday 22.00: City will be without lorm term absentees Bakary Sagna and Gundogan. David Silva, John Stones and Fernandinho face a late fitness check. Sergio Aguero AND Gabriel Jesus are deemed fit to play.
Manchester City lost their FA Cup semifinal vs Arsenal on Sunday, due to extra time goal by Alexis Sanches. That basically means that Manchester City’s first season under Pep Guardiola will finish without a title. That might be the first time it happens for Pep Guardiola, a season WITHOUT a title in his top-flight manager career (his previous teams were 2 of the best 3 teams in world, Barcelona and Bayern, that partially explains why this is a first).
Manchester Derby pre-match commesnts by Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola:
“This match is not about Pep Guardiola, not about Manchester City. This match is about objectives, we want to play in the Champions League. We still have two doors open. It is important for us to play in the Champions League, this club wants trophies. We Cant give the club Premier League, we have a 25% chance to win the Europa League and we HAVE to put everything on it. I will rotate players again, i will rest some players again. At least in terms of expectation for the game, the emotions, it is a better derby with one point difference than with four.“
“They (Manchester United) are a good team. Good quality, and a long run in the Premier League without a defeat. We will improve next season and be stronger.”
“(When asked about the FA Cup semifinal) We arrived at Wembley and we competed, created more chances than Arsenal, hit the post, it was little bit similar to what happened in the season. The teams do not need to do a lot of things to score goals against us. We have some problems to score goals, but we play like we want.“
Manchester Derby statistics and odds comparison
Manchester Derby statistics:
- Historical H2H statistics; Out of 149 matches, Manchester City has won 44, Manchester United has won 59 and 46 of the matches has ended as a draw.
- Premier League era H2H statistics; Out of 39 matches, Manchester City has won 12, Manchester United has won 20 and 7 of the matches has ended as a draw.
- H2H of last 5 premier League meetings; MCFC 2 wins, MUFC 2 wins and 1 match has ended as a draw.
- First encounter of the season ended 1-2, Manchester City winning away at Old Trafford.
- Form of last 5 Premier League matches, Manchester City; 2W, 1L, 2D.
- Form of last 5 Premier League matches, Manchester United; 3W, 2D.
- Manchester United are closing in on their personal best run of 24 matches unbeaten in Premier League (2010-2011), 23 matches unbeaten before the Manchester Derby.
- It’s been 23 years, since Manchester Derby was last played on Thursday!
- Manchester City has 4th best offensive record in Premier League, they have scored 63 goals in 32 matches (shared 4th place with Arsenal), that’s an average of 1,97 goals scored per match.
- Manchester United has the 7th best offensive record in Premier League, they have scored 50 goals in 32 matches, that’s an average of 1,56 goals scored per match.
- Manchester City has the 4th best defensive record in Premier League, they have conceded 35 goals in 32 matches, that’s an average of 1,09 goals conceded per match.
- Manchester United has the 2nd best defensive record in Premier League, they have conceded just 24 goals in 32 matches, that’s an average of 0,75 goals conceded per match.
- Manchester Derby kick-off is 20.00 on Thursday 27th of April.
Manchester Derby odds comparison:
- Bet365 odds: Manchester City 10/11, Draw 11/4, Manchester United 16/5
- Betfair odds: Manchester City 17/20, Draw 13/5, Manchester United 17/5
- Ladbrokes odds: Manchester City 10/11, Draw 27/10, Manchester United 16/5
- Unibet odds: Manchester City 9/10, Draw 11/4, Manchester United 100/30
- William Hill odds: Manchester City 17/20, Draw 11/4, Manchester United 3/1
Manchester Derby best odds at the time of writing; Best odds for MCFC victory are offered by Bet365 and Ladbrokes. Best odds for a draw are offered by Bet365, Unibet and William Hill. Best odds for MUFC victory are offered by Betfair. Check out the ranked list of TOP 5 betting site sign-up bonuses, if you don’t already have an account on the bookie of your choise, or if you want to take advantage of some of the better sign-up bonuses.
The great FA Cup Semifinal promotion by Ladbrokes has been extended for Manchester Derby as well. Vastly improved odds for either side winning; Manchester City to win 10/1 and Manchester United to win 16/1 (VALID FOR NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY). Terms and conditions apply: Max bet is £5, winning bets will be paid as free bets within 24hours, lost bets will be refunded as a free bet, promotion is valid for new customers only and until the kick-off.
Manchester Derby could already define how the last Premier League stretch plays out for the TOP 4 competitors. MCFC vs MUFC should be one of the best Premier League matches of the season, even without the injured King of Manchester. Without a doubt top 3 matches of the 24 huge football matches in April list. Other big matches of the midweek are Bayern Munich vs BVB in German Cup semifinal, and selected La Liga midweek matches, which can be found from the El clasico review post. Will Manchester be sky-blue or red? We will know on Thursday night, after the Manchester Derby.