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Man City v Man Utd preview: betting acca tips, team news and predictions

By Ben Green

Published: 15:18, 28 September 2022 | Updated: 13:49, 1 October 2022

The Premier League returns with a selection of mouthwatering fixtures this weekend to really whet the appetite, not least Sunday’s local derby between rivals Manchester City and Manchester United (2pm kick-off, UK time).

The first international break of the season has come and gone, meaning all eyes refocus on club football, and there are some real barnburners this weekend. On Saturday, Arsenal and Tottenham compete in the first North London derby of the season, while on Monday there’s the East Midlands derby between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest. Completing the hat-trick, Man City v Man Utd is sandwiched between those two hot-tempered affairs.

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The Premier League is moving at a relentless pace, owing largely to the schedule-disrupting winter World Cup, but it certainly aligns with the turbo-charged tempo of the division. This weekend represents another matchday of potential barnstormers.

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Man City team news

It was not a stress free international break for Pep Guardiola, but that’s the double-edged sword of having so many top-class players, most if not all represent their nations. John Stones went off feeling his hamstring in England’s 3-3 draw with Germany on Monday night, though the extent of his injury is yet to be revealed, rendering him a significant doubt for Sunday.

Aymeric Laporte also remains doubtful despite returning to training just before the international break. Guardiola will be careful to ease the convalescing defender back to full fitness after he underwent surgery on a knee issue in the summer. The only other major concern for the City boss is Kalvin Phillips, who is not expected back until November with a shoulder complication.

Man Utd team news

Erik ten Hag would also have been sweating this past fortnight, with many of his players away on international duty. Stones was not the only casualty from Monday’s battle at Wembley. It was revealed post-match by both Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate that Harry Maguire picked up and played through a slight hamstring strain towards the latter stages of the match. He is now expected to occupy the treatment tables for a few weeks.

Marcus Rashford has been struggling with a thigh issue and missed an England call-up as a result. He is nearing a return to full fitness but faces a race against the clock to be ready for this weekend. Anthony Martial, meanwhile, is expected to be unavailable, with his Achilles agitation proving more difficult to shake off than was originally anticipated.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be raring to go after two full matches for Portugal in the Nations League, though he has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford. The ageing superstar was believed to have been pushing for an exit in the summer after Man Utd failed to qualify for the Champions League. Many clubs were thought to have been considering a move for the Portuguese, and one of has since been confirmed as Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

The club’s president, Fahad ben Nafel, recently revealed a mega offer was tabled for Ronaldo, and talks between both parties were progressing well — with Ronaldo seemingly open to the move — but the deal ultimately failed to materialise due to a transfer ban.

Speaking on the Thamanya YouTube channel, he said: “Yes, we negotiated with Ronaldo. The problem was not in the money or the principle.

“Al-Hilal is able to bring in the stars of the world, but it was in the decision of the Sports Arbitration Center that prevented us from registering the players.

“We did not stop negotiating with the players despite the decision to ban, but we were delaying entering the final stage of the negotiations until the ban was lifted.”

A transfer ban was imposed on Al-Hilal back in May after the club’s midfielder Mohamed Kanno opted out of a move to Al-Nassr at the Eleventh Hour, despite a contract having already been signed by both clubs.

Scoreline prediction: Man City 2-1 Man Utd