EPL: Stakes Are High In First Manchester Derby Of the 2017/2018 Season
There have been few Manchester derbies with as much on the line as Sunday’s meeting at Old Trafford of the top two teams in the Premier League – the most anticipated clash of the campaign so far.
Pep Guardiola’s City have built an eight-point lead following an unbeaten start to the season that has included 13 straight victories – equalling the record for the longest winning run in a single Premier League campaign.
Not to be completely outdone, however, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have equalled a historic club record by remaining unbeaten at Old Trafford for 40 matches in all competitions.
And with former Barcelona boss Guardiola and ex-Real Madrid manager Mourinho having developed a fierce rivalry during their time together in Spain, Sunday’s meeting promises to be one to savour.
The last team to beat United at home were City in September, 2016 and a repeat performance would leave the club, once derided as “noisy neighbours” by former United boss Alex Ferguson, 11 points clear at the summit.
City have been playing some exhilarating football this campaign with coach Guardiola’s style of play, which served him so well at his previous clubs, bringing the expected rewards after a disappointing lack of consistency last season.
Yet while United have suffered two defeats on the road – to Huddersfield Town and Chelsea – they too have looked like champions at home.
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West Ham v Chelsea – 2
Tottenham v Stoke City – 1
Burnley v Watford – 1X
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Huddersfield v West Brom – Over 1.5
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Liverpool v Everton – Over 2.5
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