In the championship match in England on December 28, the “Peacocks” will be tested by the “citizens”. Do the hosts have a chance and what is the best bet?
After a long break, the reigning English champion returned to action in the English League Cup match, where the team defeated a tough rival and winner of this trophy, Liverpool. This success proved that the Citizens were able to recover from a shocking defeat to Brentford (1-2) before the start of the World Cup. Currently, the visitors have 10 wins and two draws, corresponding to 32 points and the second position in the standings.
It is impossible not to mention the best indicator in the league in terms of quality of attack, which differed 40 times. Pep Guardiola’s team is five points behind the Canaries, who are sitting at the top, with City having everything they need to close the gap. What’s more, the Sky have lost only 1 of their last 24 away games in the APL. What’s more, last season, the visitors completed an impressive double in face-to-face meetings when they outplayed the Peacocks 7-0 and 4-0.
Mendy and Walker, who has a muscular injury, will not be able to play today.
Despite a six-week break, today’s hosts were never able to recover from their last loss in the Premier League, when the team lost 3-4 to Tottenham. This resulted in the Peacocks becoming the first team to lead in an APL match by such a margin and failing to win for the first time since Boxing Day 2012. Jesse Marsch must set up his charges in an unbelievable way to play the English champion, as the fight to retain their place in the elite league has begun.
In the 14 rounds of this season, the Whites have four wins and three peaceful outcomes to their credit – that’s 15 points and 15th place in the standings. The attacking line looks good – 22 times, while conceding almost two goals on average. In addition, United have conceded just twice in their last 19 home games. Gray, Forshaw, Sinisterra, Dallas and Bamford, who is out injured, will not play tonight.
In this match, we are on the side of the visitors – Man City proved their strength last week in the game with the Mercisites, which only confirms the soundness and good physical and mental state of the team. Most likely, in this game we will see full control of the ball by the reigning champion and a convincing win by the representatives of Manchester.
We assume that in this game the Peacocks will try to contain the onslaught of the favorite, but it is unlikely that they have a chance of success. Most likely, due to the class and level of performers, the Mancunians will be able to win with a comfortable score.