Manchester City look to clinch title in derby clash


Manchester City will look to wrap up the Premier League title when they host derby rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, 7 April 2018, kick-off at 18h30 CAT.

City’s dominance of the English top flight has been such that a victory over the Red Devils this weekend will mathematically secure the championship with no less than six games to spare.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last five Premier League games on the bounce, culminating in a 3-1 away victory over Everton last weekend in which Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling scored for the visitors.

Jose Mourinho and his side have relinquished any hope of chasing down the Citizens, but will be determined to avoid defeat in this clash – as much to delay their arch rivals’ celebrations for at least one more week, as to keep up their push to clinch second place ahead of Liverpool.

The Red Devils, who beat Swansea City 2-0 last weekend to rack up a fourth straight league win, have one significant advantage in that they were not in action in midweek and will in theory be more fresh than their hosts, who had a draining UEFA Champions League match at Anfield on Wednesday.

In head-to-head stats, City and United have met in 151 matches across all competitions. The Red Devils have claimed 59 wins compared to 45 for the Citizens, while 47 games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting was a Premier League clash at Old Trafford in December 2017 which ended in a 2-1 win for City, thanks to goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi. The last six matches between the sides have produced two wins apiece and two draws.

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*Stats and Odds correct at time of publishing

Recent form, league only, latest results first

City W W W W W
United W W W W L

Head-to-head, league only

Matches played 151

City wins 45

United wins 59

Draws 47

City goals 208

United goals 212