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Sheffield United FC vs Manchester City FC, free match prediction 31 Oct 2020

31 Oct 2020 | 18:00 | South Yorkshire, Bramall Lane
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Stuttering City need a lift against Sheffield United to kickstart their season

  • City sit in 13th position and have suffered from mixed fortunes so far
  • Injuries and form to key players have all taken their toll
  • Sheffield United have been poor and should represent three points for Pep’s men

Manchester City to win 3-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: South Yorkshire, Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED FC vs MANCHESTER CITY FC Match Preview & Analysis

Even with all the shock results flying around already this season, to look at the Premier League table and find Manchester City lurking down in 13th place is surprising to say the least.

Many are saying that this could be Pep Guardiola’s toughest challenge he’s faced during his managerial career to date. It’s early in this season, but two years without a Premier League title could spell the end of his reign.

Injuries to key strikers, mixed form of his usually excellent star players as well as a quiet transfer window by City’s standards have led to a less than happy start to the season. 

Having said that, Sheffield United’s has surely been worse. Sitting in 19th place, only off the bottom on goal difference, Chris Wilder’s men have been a shadow of themselves compared to last season. Their only point this season came against bottom side Fulham.

City should see this as a route back to winning ways.

Teams Preview

Sheffield United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLLDL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Looked spirited in their defeat against Liverpool

     Have scored in their last three matches

Reasons to be fearful:

     Haven’t kept a clean sheet all season

     Man City will be out to prove a point

Things do not get any easier for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United.

In the past month they have faced both Arsenal and Liverpool, both of which they tasted a 2-1 defeat. After Manchester City this weekend, they meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a week’s time. 

Just when The Blades need something to break their way, they are staring down the barrel of several tough fixtures which could keep them in the relegation zone for some time to come.

That said, there was cause for positivity in the defeat against Liverpool. They scored first, and for much of the game showed the kind of spirit which served them well last season. 

They’ve now scored in all of their last three matches, something which new signing Rhian Brewster has helped with. 

It’s unlikely they’ll take anything off City this weekend, but they could give them a good run for their money.

Star Man – Rhian Brewster

Struggled against Liverpool, though the youngster has the energy to trouble City’s defence

Manchester City FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): DWWDW

Reasons to be cheerful

     Have bounced back well since Leicester defeat

     Will take confidence from European victories

Reasons to be fearful 

     Injury list is not getting better

     Inconsistency over results will trouble their manager

Like their rivals from across Manchester, City have looked better in their European outings this season than at home in the league.

City sit level with Manchester United on points, in 13th and 14th places respectively, but both have won their opening two Champions League fixtures. City’s 3-0 win over Marseille in midweek will give them confidence.

Unfortunately for Pep Guardiola, their injury list is still significant, with key strikers Aguero and Gabriel Jesus out for the near future.

Positively, their defence issues have eased slightly, with new defender Ruben Dias slotting well into the backline in his first few matches.

Despite their injury woes, City must see this as a big opportunity to win three points and close the gap between them and Everton and Liverpool at the top of the table.

Star Man – Kevin De Bruyne

Was outstanding in midweek with two assists, he is one consistently brilliant performer for City

SHEFFIELD UNITED FC vs MANCHESTER CITY FC Winning Prediction

     City will control possession but could find it tough to break United down

     The Blues likely to play Sterling in a central role again

     Sheffield United have the ability to find a goal of their own

City are rightly favourites for this one, but with the way results have been going this season, it’s not a foregone conclusion.

Even with injuries they have the players to see this one out, though if The Blades keep it tight at the back, they may have to be patient and wait for their chances.

Manchester City to win 3-1

Author: Ross B.