By the looks of the remaining fixtures for Liverpool and City, this could be the game to decide the title and who better to face for City than their arch local rivals, United.
In the 3 most recent meetings there’s been goals galore, boasting an average of 4 goals a game with City scoring 2 or more in each of them. Sergio Aguero is currently joint top scorer with 19 goals which puts him one goal away from reaching a fifth season in a row scoring 20 goals or more. The Argentinian has been in blistering form but has only managed 1 goal in his last 6 PL starts, then again, he does seem to just turn on the quality whenever he pleases.
United are going through a horrendous run of form with 6 losses in their last 8 fixtures but with only 1 of them being a home game. The usual defensive strength and goalkeeping stability has gone completely out of the window though with 2 clean sheets in their 16 home fixtures in the league this season, with the mere positive coming from the fact one of them was against Liverpool.
The Red Devils disappointing season has also seen them concede 48 goals in 34 games (1.4 goals a game), which is the most they’ve conceded in one season since 1978.
Amongst the disappointment, Paul Pogba has been contributing a lot more since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In the first 17 PL game weeks he scored 3 goals and assisted a further 3 but in the last 17 with Ole at the wheel, he’s scored 10 and assisted 7 meaning he’s gone from 0.35 goal contributions a game to exactly 1.
Kevin De Bruyne heads the injury concerns for either team tonight with another injury adding to his riddled season. United should see the return of Luke Shaw from his ban but Phil Jones and Ander Herrera are unlikely with recent knocks they’ll be trying to overcome.
It’s very rare I’ll go against stats but there’s always drama in a derby. Pogba loves scoring big goals and it’d be a classic scene to see a player with such controversy surrounding him sticking a spanner in the works of City’s title charge.
It’s only going to be big odds in games like this.
Pogba to score, United or Draw and over 4.5 Cards is a generous 20/1.