Manchester City v Sheffield United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, December 29, 2019


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Manchester City start this game as huge favorites and there is little value in backing an outright win. With both teams likely to attack and City usually being dominant at home, we feel the over 10 corners market is well priced at 4/5 with Bet365. City tend to dominate the corner count and as they know they cannot afford any further slip ups will look to start on the front foot and establish control early on. We feel there will also be a high card count given the quality on display and will be backing the over 3.5 cards market at evens with the same bookmaker.

Manchester City welcome Sheffield United to the Etihad in a huge game for both sides as they battle for a top four finish. The champions will still harbour faint hopes of challenging for the title while Sheffield United are dreaming of a league finish that could give them European football next season. Will City maintain their title push or will Sheffield United put a huge dent in their title challenge and cut the gap on the opponents to just six points?

Manchester City come into this game off the back of a defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite going a man down after just 12 minutes, the champions had gone 2-0 up courtesy of a brace from Raheem Sterling. However Wolves improved in the second half and the toll of having to play the game for almost 80 minutes with 10 men had an effect and Adama Traore lashed in an effort to bring Wolves back into it. Then Traore turned provider, bundling Mendy off the ball and squaring it for Raul Jimenez to equalise before Matt Doherty latched onto a Jimenez pass to skip past the City defence and crash the ball past Bravo. The result leaves the champions 14 points behind Liverpool who have a game in hand. Amazingly City may need to keep up their standards to ensure they finish in the top four and this game will be crucial as Sheffield United are one of those hoping to break through and Pep Guardiola knows that his makeshift defence could struggle against an industrious opponent.

Sheffield United start the game just three points off the Champions League places and will be confident mood having lost just once in their last 12 games. Three wins on the bounce against Norwich, Aston Villa and Brighton helped solidify their place in the top half of the table and their 1-1 draw against Watford means they are undefeated in the festive period thus far. Much of their foundations have been built on a rock solid defence which has conceded just two goals in their last four games and the front players have linked up well to deliver the goals. It will be interesting to see if Chris Wilder does any business in January as his players must be feeling the effects of a competitive season and maintaining their fitness and freshness will be key in the second half of the season.

In team news Manchester City will be without goalkeeper Ederson who was sent off in the game against Wolves. Claudio Bravo is likely to step right in with Sergio Aguero pushing to start again after he was sacrificed against Wolves. However David Silva, Gabriel Jesus and John Stones will all be assessed closer to the game as they look to shake off their respective knocks.

Chris Wilder is likely to rotate his squad after he claimed that “There’s a couple we’ll look at from a fatigue point of view.” He may look to make the changes in midfield and up front as the defence has benefitted from playing consistently and he may avoid making changes in that department.

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly Manchester City start this game as huge favorites and there is little value in backing an outright win. With both teams likely to attack and City usually being dominant at home, we feel the over 10 corners market is well priced at 4/5 with Bet365. City tend to dominate the corner count and as they know they cannot afford any further slip ups will look to start on the front foot and establish control early on. We feel there will also be a high card count given the quality on display and will be backing the over 3.5 cards market at evens with the same bookmaker.

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