Manchester United produced a fine home performance to collect a victory over Spurs at Old Trafford in midweek. They are the only side to have taken points of Liverpool as well in this campaign. So will they be able to stop Man City at the Etihad? There have been wobbles by Pep Guardiola’s men this season, but they were back on form in midweek with a thumping of Burnley. Read our Manchester City vs Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man City at 3/10
Man Utd 9/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 4th, 2019 at 11:18 a.m.)
Manchester City had a little hiccup with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle last weekend. But they showed their character and quality in midweek when they had to go to and face Burnley at Turf Moor. The Citizens romped to a 4-1 success there, looking far more like their usual selves. At home, this season City have won five of seven league games (D1 L1) and they have won each of their last three there. Their last home game saw them produce a 2-1 success over Chelsea after having fallen behind.
It is their scoring threat which is going to trouble Manchester United, who are poor at the back. The Citizens are averaging three goals per home fixture this season in the league and across their 7 home fixtures, have conceded just the 6 goals. So it hasn’t been dreadful defensively from them at home. 8 of City’s 10 league wins this season have been by a margin of at least two goals. They have also opened the scoring in 10 of 15 league fixtures, firing off at least two goals in each of their last three at the Etihad.
Man City won both league meetings last season by a 2 goal margin
Man Utd have lost only one of their last four trips to the Etihad (W2 D1 D1)
Both teams have scored in three of the last four league meetings
Manchester United actually put in a good, strong energetic performance to beat Spurs 2-1 at home in midweek. Where that commitment and intensity has been for the rest of the season is anyone’s guess. It is a four-match undefeated streak of form that they are now on and they have suffered one defeat in their last seven (W3 D3). So that is showing signs of consistency, but it’s not been good enough by their standards and they look weak in defence.
Away from home, it has been a really poor effort from them. It is a W1 D3 L3 record that they have taken on the road. The one win that they got away from Old Trafford was against Norwich, who are lodged in the relegation zone. That’s their only win in their last eleven road games in the EPL. Despite their lack of wins, this will be their first game away from home against one of the so-called Big Six in the Premier League this season. It has only been 8 goals in 7 away games from United. That’s not the strike rate to realistically challenge City. The Red Devils have not scored an away clean sheet in this campaign either.
You just don’t know what you are going to get from United. They have raised their game in some of their bigger games, but have fallen flat so many times with energy levels. There is going to be a lot of ball chasing in the game by them and they should fade away. Manchester City can get their three points thanks to their superior quality up front.
Manchester City were left facing more questions on the weekend after a failure to win away at Newcastle. The gap between them and league leaders widened out to eleven points on the weekend and this is turning out to be a tough season for the Citizens. However, even in the face of a failure on the weekend, the odds on Man City to beat Burnley have the visitors to Turf Moor as heavy odds-on favourites. Read our Burnley vs Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 1/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 30th, 2019 at 11:49 p.m.)
It was always going to be an ominously difficult thing for Manchester City to push for three straight league titles. It’s unlikely to happen after another slip up on the weekend, which saw them fall a further two points behind leaders Liverpool. The Citizens looked on track for a win at Newcastle on Saturday before conceding a late equaliser. That leaves them with no win in their last two road games, but how likely is it that they are going to be kept quiet for long? It is a W4 D1 L2 record that the Citizens have now banked on their travels.
Even though it has been just two wins in their last five league away games, they are running as clear favourites here. They have averaged over 2.5 goals per game on their travels and have secured victory by at least a two-goal margin in each of their four road successes. It’s that kind of scoring power that Burnley are unlikely to match. 76% of Manchester City’s road games have gone over the 3.5 goal line this season. The individual brilliance that they have on their side is likely to see them win the night at Turf Moor. Considering that 70% of their away goals have been conceded in the first half of games, they generally have time to work their way back into things.
Man City took two league wins and an FA Cup win over Burnley last season
City are unbeaten in their last three league visits to Turf Moor
Both teams have scored in two for the last three meetings at Turf Moor
Burnley are unless in eight in all competitions against Man City
There was a 2-0 home loss by Burnley on the weekend against Crystal Palace. That was a surprising outcome considering that had been a chance for the Clarets to make it three straight league wins. It leaves them with four defeats in their last six league games home and away (W2). Even though they may take a look at Newcastle’s efforts on the weekend in holding out for a point against the Citizens, there has been a trend of Burnley this season which is likely to hamper them. They haven’t beaten anyone, home or away, who are currently sitting in the top half of the table.
The home form Burnley is W4 L3. That’s not a bad return at all. But all four of those wins at Turf Moor (all to nil incidentally) have happened against teams who are currently 13th or lower in the table. That includes wins against three of the current bottom four. So they simply have not nailed it against any of the stronger sides. In fact, Burnley have conceded at least two goals in six of their seven games against anyone currently 11th or higher this season. Burnley have been losing at half time in three home games this season.
Burnley have yet to deliver a positive result against one of the better teams this season and that is likely to trip them up in this one. Manchester City are good enough to shake off that setback at Newcastle on the weekend and run to a victory. Away win & both teams to score.
Newcastle won’t be looking forward to this fixture. Manchester City pay a visit to the northeast looking for three points which would see them close the gap back to leaders Liverpool to six points, even if it’s temporarily. Newcastle had a poor defeat away at Aston Villa in the last round of action and the odds on Man City to beat Newcastle have the visitors as firm favourites in the eyes of the boomers. Read our Newcastle vs Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 1/6
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 27th, 2019 at 3:33 p.m.)
There may not have been a bigger surprise last season in the EPL than Man City’s loss at Newcastle. They look pretty good to be able to make amends for that blip. The Citizens bagged three points last weekend as they fought back from a goal behind at the Etihad against Chelsea. At one point there they were staring down the barrel of back to back league defeats having been beaten by Liverpool in their previous game. Away from home City are W4 L2 this season in the top flight.
They are likely to have the scoring power in them to bring down Newcastle. City have scored at least two goals in 12 of their last 14 EPL games. They are averaging over 2.5 goals out on the road too. Granted they have only taken two clean sheets on their travels, but they are facing a Newcastle side who don’t offer much in attack. City have won 23 of their last 27 top flight games and all of their road victories this season have been by a margin of at least two goals. 75% of the away goal that City have conceded have been in the second half of fixtures, but they have opened the scoring in four of their six road games.
The two traded 2-1 home success in the league last season
Man City have lost one of the last seven against the Magpies in all competitions
Both teams have scored in five of the last six league meetings
Newcastle are W1 D1 L1 in their last three at home against the Citizens
The 1-0 home win that Newclaste took last season against Manchester City was completely out of the left field. It was as unexpected as it could get at the time. Can they repeat? It was a 2-0 loss that they took last weekend at Aston Villa, snapping a good run of three matches without a loss (W2 D1). They are currently on a five-match unbeaten streak of form at St James’ Park in the league and have gone W2 D3 L1 at home this season.
But the problem with Newcastle is a lack of goals and they were really tame in their loss against Aston Villa. The Magpies have scored only five home goals this season. They have survived because of managing to keep things tight at the back, conceding only four. But they are taking on the league’s top scorers here and are most likely going to get picked apart at some point over the 90 minutes. They look as if they lack the goal-scoring output to bring City down in that case. But each of Newcastle’s last three against City have gone over 2.5 goals (all competitions).
The odds on Manchester City to beat Newcastle to nil are going to be worth a look for this one. City have the scoring power that the Magpies clearly lack and Pep Guardiola will have learned his lesson from last season’s visit to St James’ Park.
There is little doubt about the top game of the Premier League weekend. Manchester City will be looking to pick up the pieces of a loss away at title rivals Liverpool just before the international break. But even though they get a return to the Etihad, they will be facing Frank Lampard’s high-flying Chelsea. The Blues are in great form at the moment and Bet365 have 11/2 odds on Chelsea to beat Manchester City. Read our Manchester City vs Chelsea betting tips for more.
Manchester City 2/5
*(betting odds taken from bet365 on October 19th, 2019 at 3:12 pm)
Aside from Liverpool, there is not a team in current better Premier League form than Chelsea are. The Blues have put together an impressive six-match winning streak in the top flight and will have seen how well Liverpool dealt with Manchester City recently. Even though the Blues are out on the road in this one, they have put together a five-match winning streak on their top-flight travels. Bet365 offer 11/2 odds on Chelsea to beat Manchester City*(betting odds taken from bet365 on October 19th, 2019 at 3:12 pm) and to keep that winning streak going.
The incentive is there for the Blues because a win will solidify their top-three place and would open a four-point gap over the Citizens. Chelsea have rattled off an average of three goals per away game this season and with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic in great scoring form, then they do look likely to pose a threat to the Citizens. The one question mark would be over Chelsea’s defence which has yet to take a clean sheet away from home. But the Blues have plenty of goals in them and boast the second-best away record in this season’s top flight.
The Citizens have not had things all their own way on home soil this season. While they have won their last two games at the Etihad, the wins were against sides in the bottom four (Aston Villa and Southampton). City are W 4 D1 L1 at home this season in the top flight, with their loss coming in a 2-0 reverse against Wolves on October 6th. Granted that is only the third time in their last 26 league home matches that they have failed to win.
What hasn’t been expected from City is for them to have lost a quarter of their matches played so far this season. That’s a huge drop off in their standards. They will be feeling the pressure in this one after failing to lay a glove on Liverpool. The Citizens average over three goals per home game, so this looks like being a high-scoring fixture as opposed to the usual tight tussles between top teams.
Manchester City and Chelsea traded home league wins last season
The Citizens have won four of the last six meetings (all competitions) D1 L1
Chelsea have lost their last two league visits to the Etihad without scoring
Both teams have scored in only two of the last nine meetings
Things are going well for Chelsea at the moment after their sticky start to the new campaign. Consistency and belief have crept in. It is a six-match winning streak they are on at the moment, having scored at least two goals in four of those five wins. The Blues have scored a total of ten goals in their last three road games.
While they have been stacking up the clean sheets at home recently, Chelsea still have yet to earn one on their travels and have conceded at an average of two goals per away game. But they top that out with an average of three goals scored per road fixture. Christian Pulisic has scored 5 goals in Chelsea’s last three games, while Tammy Abraham is the second-highest scorer in this season’s top flight, behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy only.
*(betting odds taken from bet365 on October 19th, 2019 at 3:12 pm)
Chelsea’s high-pressing game could cause Manchester City some problems. There are weaknesses in the back line of City and after their failure at Anfield last time out, there could be some nerves there if Chelsea get at them early on. The defence of the Blues is vulnerable too, so an away win in a high-scoring, open game is not a bad proposition.
Manchester City will head to Anfield on Sunday for the biggest game of the Premier League season so far. The Citizens trail league leaders Liverpool by six points and Pep Guardiola’s men can’t afford to have that gap opened up any wider.
Will the visitors be able to produce a hugely important win in the context of the Premier League title race? Bet365 have odds of 13/8 on Manchester City to beat Liverpool* (betting odds taken from BEt365 on November 8th, 2019 at 10:18 pm)
The Citizens have taken a win in 22 of their last 25 league games. That’s an impressive return, but three of those matches without a victory have happened this season. That has left City trialling league leaders Liverpool by six points and so this is a game of huge importance for Man City.
A win and they close the gap to three points and can go into the international break feeling a little better. Defeat and that’s a nine-point gap that they would have to close when they return. That would be an unthinkable situation for the Citizens.
So can they rally themselves and get the victory at Anfield that they so badly need? City have won their last two league away games and they are averaging three goals per game on their travels this season. Their goal-scoring ability will give them hope against a Liverpool defence which has not earned a home clean sheet this season.
Liverpool then are perfect at home this season, but they have been severely tested. They had to mount a fightback at Anfield against Aston Villa last weekend for example, after having fallen behind. Their last two wins at home have come via the penalty spot, so they have come under some pressure. Liverpool have conceded the opening goal in each of their last three league games.
So there are cracks there for Manchester City’s formidable attack to expose. That goes without question. But this is not going to be an easy feat to pull off. No-one is expecting it to be. Liverpool are unbeaten in 43 league home games and they are unbeaten in their last 20 on home soil against the Citizens as well in competitions. So that is the weight of what is facing City at Anfield.
This is going to be a huge test for Pep Guardiola. Last season on the visit to Anfield there was a 0-0 draw in what was a really dour and cagey game. Manchester City, who have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 league games, are reliable in attack, they are no so much at the back. Ahead of this game, they have lost number one keeper Ederson as well which is a huge blow.
But things like that can actually strengthen a team. It may gel the defence of City to step it up an extra level to protect Claudio Bravo who comes in to substitute. This is going to be as big of a test of Guardiola’s tactical approach as it is of his players to execute it on the day. Can City get it everything right on the day to bag those precious three points?
City have a W4 L1 record on the road in the Premier League this season and they have been leading at the half time break in three of those five. Of the eight league wins that City have recorded this season, seven of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. So everything generally does come back around to City’s goal scoring form. That is where their power is.
Manchester City have scored in both halves in four of their five away games this season as well. Gabriel Jesus has opened the scoring in three of Manchester City’s five away games this season so that may be a trend worth having a look at as well.
No-one then, not ever Guardiola is going to expect this to be an easy game. But it should be intense, and all of the weight really is on the shoulders of the Citizens. How will the reigning champions respond? Bet365 have Man City are 13/8 to beat Liverpool* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 8th, 2019 at 6:19 p.m.)
The FA Cup Final, a fixture with so much history, rolls back around this weekend. On Saturday evening it will be Manchester City and Watford stepping out to face each other at Wembley. For Watford, this will be just their second ever FA Cup Final appearance, and they remain looking for their club’s first title. As for Manchester City, this is their chance to secure a domestic treble this season. The odds on Man City to beat Watford are as short as 1/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
Man City 1/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
After their tremendous Premier League title, Manchester City have one final challenge left in front of them this season. Are they going to be a relaxed unit when they step out at Wembley, that’s really the question? The chase of their title defence was mentally exhausting, but they handled it brilliantly winning their final fourteen games of the campaign.
So that pressure has been lifted, they have celebrated and now they have the chance to create even more history. Manchester City have won fifteen of their last sixteen games across all competitions (L1). It’s staggering form it really is. They have won 20 of their last 22 games in all competitions (D1 L1) when you look back a little bit further. The draw in that sequence was their EFL Cup penalty shootout success against Chelsea in February.
Manchester City are looking for their sixth FA Cup title. Surprisingly, for how much they have been at the forefront of English football. Their last FA Cup title was back in 2011 when they beat Stoke 1-0. That was their first FA Cup title since 1969.
That 2011 success over Stoke though was not their most recent FA Cup Final appearance. They went to Wembley as red hot favourites against Wigan in 2013. However, that game produced one of the biggest FA Cup final upsets for a long, long time as Wigan stunned them by coming up with a 1-0 win.
Manchester City took a 2-1 and a 3-1 win over Watford this season in the Premier League meetings. City’s dominance over the Hornets goes back much further than that though. The Citizens are on a ten-match winning streak against Watford in all competitions. That run started with a 3-0 FA Cup third round win over Watford in 2013. They met a year later in the fourth round, City banking a 4-2 win. From their six previous FA Cup meetings, Manchester City hold a W3 D2 L1 record.
The Hornets made their one and only appearance in the FA Cup final back in 1984. They went up against Everton on that occasion and suffered a 2-0 loss in the game. There was a bit of controversy there though. Everton’s second goal, scored by Andy Gray looked as if had been after a foul on the Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood, Gray heading the ball from his hands. After facing a winding-up petition in 2012, the club has come a long way since being saved.
The end of the season has not been a particularly easy one for Watford by any stretch of the imagination. They have won just one of their last six games in all competitions, losing four of those. They finished up the Premier League season with a three-match losing streak, conceding a total of nine goals in that sequence. Maybe they had one eye on their FA Cup because their struggles really started since their semi-final win over Wolves.
That semi-final was a thriller. They were 2-0 down at Wembley with just over ten minutes to go. A piece of individual brilliance from Gerard Deulofeu got them back in the game. Then their comeback took a step further as Troy Deeney converted a penalty in the 90th minute of the game. It was then Deulofeu who popped up with a winner in the 104th minute to complete the epic comeback which had looked so unlikely for so long in the game.
But can they shake off that slump in end of season form and find the right formula to find a way to stop Man City?