This Sunday Manchester City will host Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in a continuation of their long-running rivalry as the Premier League returns following the recent international break.

It’s the first fixture of what is set to be an action-packed schedule for both sides between now and the World Cup in late November.

Manchester City coming into the encounter after posting a 3-0 win versus Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

However, Manchester United last been in action in the Premier League in the 3-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford before their two English toplight fixtures were postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth.

IMPORTANT STATS:

MANCHESTER CITY 

Manchester City are one of just two teams left unbeaten in the Premier League this season with five wins and two draws from their opening 7 matches.

Pep Guardiola’s men are looking to win 3 consecutive Premier League games against Manchester United for the first time since a run of four between April 2013 and November 2014. 

Manchester City have won their last 7 Premier League home games, scoring at least three goals each time as Cityzen will hope to equalled Spurs as the only team to win eight successive top-flight home games while scoring three or more goals between March and September 1965.

Cityzen have scored more Premier League goals in both the first half (10) and second half (13) of games this season than their oppponent.

Erling Haaland has scored a hat-trick in each of his last two Premier League home games for Manchester City with no player has scored a hat-trick in three consecutive Premier League home games before.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne ranks first in the Premier League this season with 6 assists as the Belgian midfielder has been directly involved in 30 goals in his last 30 starts in the competition (16 goals and 14 assists).

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have lost 17 Premier League games against Manchester City, only losing more against Liverpool (18) and Chelsea (18) in the history of the competition.

In Premier League matches between Manchester City and Manchester United, the away team has triumphed 21 times; there has never been a match when the visitors have triumphed more frequently.

Manchester United have won their last 4 Premier League games, having lost four in a row before that with Red Devils last won five consecutive league games in April 2021 under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

This will be Erik Ten Hag’s first Manchester derby with last coach to claimed three points in first match incharge was Alex Ferguson happen in March 1987.

The previous five Red Devils managers of David Moyes, Luios Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ralf Rangnick suffered defeat in their first Manchester Derby.

Antony scored on his Premier League debut in Manchester United’s 3-1 win against Arsenal last time out  and the only Brazilian player to score in both of his first two Premier League appearances was Robinho in September 2008.

FCNAIJA PREDICTION:

Manchester City win or 2.5 goals

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