Everything on the Line in Today's Manchester DerbyPublished March 20, 2016 by Florin P
The Derby of Manchester turns the city into a raging volcano (4:00 p.m UK Time).
Manchester City advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals after winning the first leg against Dynamo Kiev and drawing at home. The second leg was one of the worst they played the entire season and the hosts will need to step up their game if they are to defeat their city rivals. Manchester United faces elimination from all competitions after losing the first leg against Liverpool in Europa League.
Back-To-Back Scoreless Draws
Manchester City has emerged as a pragmatic team but these new changes in strategy can cost them dearly. They are yet to face serious competition in the Champions League and following their elimination from the FA Cup, their Premier League goals are also fading. A realistic approach should prompt them to focus on securing the fourth place, but they are entitled to dream about a podium finish.
The home side is hoping to leapfrog Arsenal to avoid playing qualifiers for the most important European competition. Right now they need to defend their position as both West Ham and Manchester United try to unseat them. The Red Devils have a chance on Sunday afternoon as they pay a visit to Etihad Stadium.
Fewer Absentees for Manchester United
The visitors will be playing without six footballers, but this is actually good news for a team that was without no fewer than 12 players in early March. Fatigue is taking its toll and the second leg played against Liverpool didn’t allow Van Gaal to rest any of the key footballers.
Manchester United was on the verge of being eliminated from the FA Cup after West Ham scored early on, but they managed to level the score in the final minutes of the game. Their mission will be far more complicated on Sunday, and the odds of 9/10 offered by bet365 Sports on a home win are justified.