Manchester City vs Sheffield United betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Manchester City vs Sheffield United prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Sheffield United

Manchester City’s title hopes appear to be all but over at the halfway mark following their fifth defeat of the campaign.

By contrast, confidence in the Sheffield United camp will be sky-high. Remarkably, Sheffield United are yet to lose a match away from home.

The Blades could end the calendar year inside the top four if results go their way.

Manchester City vs Sheffield United: Who will win?

Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 37 Premier League home matches against promoted sides.

Manchester City are 1/5 favourites to win the match while a Sheffield United win is priced at 13/1. The draw can be backed at 6/1.

There have been over three or more goals scored in each of Manchester City’s last 10 Premier League matches. Bet on over 2.5 goals at 4/9.

Raheem Sterling scored two on Friday to take his goal tally for the season to 20. Sterling is 15/4 to open the scoring and 5/6 to score anytime.

Manchester City vs Sheffield United Premier League match preview

The final Premier League match of the decade sees defending champions Manchester City host Sheffield United at the Etihad on Sunday night.

Manchester City suffered their fifth loss of the campaign on Friday night, losing 3-2 at Wolves. City went into the break 1-0 up following an action-packed first half which saw a red card, missed penalties and VAR controversy.

Raheem Sterling scored his second goal of the night shortly after the restart as City appeared to be cruising to three points.

Adama Traore had other ideas and halved the deficit five minutes later. Two Wolves goals in the final eight minutes completed the turnaround for the home side.

If City’s title hopes weren’t already over, they certainly are now. Pep Guardiola’s side find themselves in third, 14 points behind leaders Liverpool at the halfway stage of the season. Not to mention the fact that Liverpool still have a game in hand over everyone else.

City have lost two and drawn one of their nine home matches this season – a poor record by their own high standards. They do have a solid defensive record at the Etihad, however. Only Newcastle (7) have conceded fewer goals than Manchester City have at home this season.

Sheffield United’s winning streak came to an end last time out, but the Blades still managed to pick up a valuable point at home to Watford on Boxing Day. After going behind, Oliver Norwood equalised from the penalty spot.

Sheffield United fans will be in dreamland. Their side remain 7th in the table (before the gameweek started), level on 29 points with Tottenham, and above the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. If their first half of the season is anything to go by, the Blades are genuinely challenging for a European spot.

The Blades have the fifth-best away record in the league, winning three and drawing six of their nine matches on the road.

Sunday’s clash will be the first meeting between the sides since their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Bramall Lane in January 2008. Sheffield United won that match 2-1, with substitute Daniel Sturridge netting a consolation goal for City.

Man City have never lost to Sheffield United in six previous Premier League matches, winning three and drawing three. City were 1-0 winners the last time they faced the Blades in the top flight on Boxing Day 2006.

Manchester City team news vs Sheffield United

Ederson serves a one-match suspension following his early red card at Molineux. Claudio Bravo will start in goal for the hosts.

Sergio Aguero was the man to make way for Bravo, so the Argentine will be relatively fresh. Riyad Mahrez only played the first half on Friday and is also expected to start.

Gabriel Jesus missed Friday night’s defeat through illness and could come back into contention if he recovers in time.

With a number of tired legs in the City camp, Guardiola may be forced to make some changes. Ilkay Gundogan should start following his cameo off the bench. Joao Cancelo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Phil Foden were unused substitutes at Wolves and could benefit from any rotation.

David Silva is still doubtful and faces a late fitness test. John Stones has a slim chance of recovering from a hamstring problem before the new year.

Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane remain sidelined with long-term knee injuries.

Kyle Walker will face his first professional club if he starts on Sunday.

Sheffield United team news vs Manchester City

Chris Wilder has no injury concerns, aside from back-up goalkeeper Simon Moore who has a groin problem.

Wilder is unlikely to make wholesale changes but there could be one up front. Lys Mousset is expected to rotate with one of Oliver McBurnie or David McGoldrick.

Defender Kean Bryan is a graduate of Man City’s academy but he is yet to feature in the league this season.

Manchester City predicted line-up vs Sheffield United

Predicted Manchester City XI vs Sheffield United

Predicted Manchester City XI vs Sheffield United

Sheffield United predicted line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Sheffield United XI vs Manchester City

Predicted Sheffield United XI vs Manchester City

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