Stats Favour City in Manchester Derby

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United's Wayne Rooney is coming off a brace against West Ham. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au

Manchester City’s bid for the EPL title continues with a clash against neighbour United  at Old Trafford on Wednesday morning (AEST). City is just six points behind Chelsea with three games in hand and this midweek match is vital for its championship hopes.

The Blues only defeat in the past four months came at the hands of competition leader Chelsea at the beginning February. Other than that 1-0  loss, City has enjoyed 14 wins and two draws since late November. In the same period, United has suffered six defeats, been held to four draws and had nine victories. 

With their title defence all but mathematically over, the Red Devils are hoping for a late surge to at least push for a top four spot, even though they’re 11 points adrift of Arsenal (4th). They've copped plenty of criticism for an ageing roster and there have been constant calls for manager David Moyes to be sacked. Other than a 1-0 win over Arsenal early in the season, United hasn’t beaten a top six side this campaign. At least it takes winning form into the ‘Mancurian match-up’, having beaten West Ham 2-0  at Boleyn, thanks to a Wayne Rooney double in the first half.

Unbeaten in their last eight road trips, Manuel Pellegrini’s men latest outing was a stroll in the park. It was a ‘Citizens arrest’ thumping bottom side Fulham 5-0 . Yaya Toure found the net three times to take his personal goal tally this season to 20. City’s attackers have been ruthless of late, having slotted eight goals in three games. But the defence has been rock solid too, with four consecutive clean sheets. 

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