About the Match
The iconic Manchester United is gearing up to clash with their city rivals, Manchester City, in what promises to be a pulsating Manchester Derby. The stage is set at the historic Old Trafford on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 15:30 UTC. This clash is a part of the Premier League’s 10th round.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the predicted lineups, which will be released a few days prior to the game. The confirmed lineups will be announced roughly an hour before the whistle blows.
Historically, these two giants have given fans nail-biting encounters. Manchester United boasts 14 wins, while Manchester City has a slight edge with 17 victories. They’ve also played to a draw on four occasions.
For those who don’t want to miss a second of this electrifying Premier League face-off, it will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports Main Events, Sky Sports Ultra HD, Sky Go Extra, and Sky Sports Premier League.
Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s manager, has labeled the upcoming Manchester derby as a global spectacle. He exudes confidence in his team’s ability to triumph, especially after their recent Champions League win against Copenhagen. With Manchester City leading the Premier League table, Ten Hag’s men have a six-point deficit to bridge. The manager also addressed various team updates, including Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s return and Cássio’s recovery. Amidst a racial accusation controversy involving Garnacho, Ten Hag confirmed discussions with the English Football Association and emphasized team unity.
Injury and Suspension Updates
Both teams face challenges with key players either injured or suspended, potentially influencing the starting XI.
- Tyrell Malacia: Injured, return expected late November 2023
- Luke Shaw: Muscle injury, return expected late November 2023
- Lisandro Martinez: Foot injury, return date uncertain
- Kobbie Mainoo: Ankle injury, participation doubtful
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Hamstring injury, return expected mid-November 2023
- Manuel Akanji: Serving a suspension
- Zack Steffen: Injured, expected to be fit soon
- Kevin De Bruyne: Hamstring injury, return expected mid-December 2023
Previous Derby Recap
The last time these two titans met was in the FA Cup final on June 3, 2023. Manchester City emerged victorious with a 2-1 scoreline, thanks to Ilkay Gündoğan’s stellar performance.
The Manchester derby has a rich history dating back to 1881. In their 190 encounters, Manchester United has won 78 times, Manchester City 59, with 53 matches ending in a draw.
Manchester United recently edged past FC Copenhagen 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League and Sheffield United 2-1 in the Premier League.
On the other hand, Manchester City defeated Young Boys 3-1 in the Champions League and Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the Premier League.
The Manchester derby is historically a goal fest. Given the current form of both teams, especially United’s goalkeeper and City’s in-form duo, Haaland and Alvarez, betting on over 1.5 goals seems promising. Other good options include both teams to score, City to either win or draw, and either Haaland or Alvarez to find the net.
- over 1.5
- over 2
- both team to score
- City to win or draw
- Haaland or Alvarez to score ( risk )