Man City vs Sheff Utd preview, team news, prediction, stats, kick-off time
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Thanks to their 5-0 win over West Brom on Tuesday, Man City finished a day top of the Premier League for the first time this season, leapfrogging rivals Manchester United. Pep Guardiola’s side were ruthless in their win at the Hawthorns, putting in performance indicative of the progress they have made over the past few months.
Although they haven’t suffered many lows, Man City were already being ruled out of the Premier League title race by some early in the season, dropping as low as ninth on two separate occasions. However, since a disappointing 1-1 draws with West Brom in mid-December, Man City have gone on an 11-game winning run across all competitions, including seven in the Premier League to take their place top of the table with a game in hand.
The other reason Man City are still top of the league going into this weekend’s game is that Man Utd dropped points the following day, losing to Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United. It was a result no one expected to come, as most fans were watching and waiting for the Red Devils to return to the top of the table, but it was a stellar performance from the Blades.
Sheffield United’s recent record now reads two wins in their past three Premier League games, having finally got off the mark two weeks ago against Newcastle United, and they have now been saved from infamy, moving clear of Derby’s league-low record of one victory in a season. The next goal will be to move past Derby’s worst points record of 11 points, which would be another step towards safety, though Sheffield United are still 10 points away from 17th-placed Brighton, according to squawka.
Date, kick-off time, and venue
Man City vs Sheff Utd is scheduled on Saturday 30 January and the match kicks-off at 15:00 (UK).
The game will be played behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium.
How to watch Man City vs Sheff Utd
In the UK the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and fans living abroad can check out our global TV listings at the foot of the page to find out how they can tune in, cited mancity.
Star Sports will be broadcasting this match in India, while fans also have the option of streaming the game on Disney+ Hotstar, from 2030 IST.
Man City vs Sheff Utd Head To Head Record
Manchester City have won 52 out of 124 previous games against Sheffield United, losing only 38 of those. There have been 32 draws between these two teams.
In the reverse fixture at Bramall Lane earlier this season, Manchester City beat Sheffield United 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kyle Walker.
Man City vs Sheff Utd 5 latest matches results
21.01.20: Sheffield Utd - Manchester City 0 : 127.01.08: Sheffield Utd - Manchester City 2: 1
29.12.19: Manchester City - Sheffield Utd 2 : 0
26.12.06: Sheffield Utd - Manchester City 0 : 1
14.10.06: Manchester City - Sheffield Utd 0 : 0
Sheff Utd: 1 Feb v Crystal Palace (A)
Man City: 2 Feb v Spurs (A)
Man City Team News
Manchester City will be without their Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne, who has a hamstring injury. He is likely to be sidelined for around a month.
Nathan Ake also remains a doubt, with injury having kept him out for the past eight games, whilst it remains to be seen whether Sergio Aguero will be able to return following his positive COVID-19 test.
The Dutch defender who can play both at center-back and left-back is on the sidelines with a muscle injury, reported alleysport.
Injured: Kevin De Bruyne, Nathan Ake
Unavailable: Sergio Aguero
Sheffield United have a long list of absentees and will also have to deal with a tough trip to Old Trafford against Manchester United, before traveling cross-town to take on City.
Key players Oliver McBurnie and Lys Mousset are doubtful for the clash due to knocks, while Sander Berge is out until late March with a hamstring problem. The injury list also includes center-back Jack O’Connell who is out for the remainder of this season with a knee injury.
Enda Stevens, Ben Osborn, Jack Robinson are all out with injury problems, according to sportskeeda.
City are in fine form heading into this game, having won 11 games in a row as part of an 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
We have taken three points in each of our last three Premier League meetings with Sheffield United.
The Blades are currently bottom of the table, with only two wins to their name this season, but come into the game on the back of a morale-boosting victory of Manchester United in midweek.
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Sheffield United Premier League form: LLLWLW
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Man City vs Sheff Utd predicted lineups
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson Moraes; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling
Sheffield United (3-5-2): Aaron Ramsdale; Chris Basham, John Egan, Ethan Ampadu; George Baldock, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, John Lundstram, Max Lowe; David McGoldrick, Oliver Burke
Man City vs Sheff Utd Score Prediction
SportMole predicted Manchester City 3-0 Sheffield United.
Guardiola's men were indebted to the Blades in midweek, but any lasting affection between the two parties will cease to exist once the first whistle is blown at the Etihad. City will play Sheffield United the respect that they deserve, but the hosts will simply be focused on the task at hand and this will probably be a step too far for Wilder's men, so a routine home win is the only outcome that we can envisage.
On the other hand, Alleysport predicts a 4-0 win for the Guardiola’s side. City are clear favourites to win this heavily one-sided contest. However, Sheffield United are capable of stunning the league leaders on their day.
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