It’s been a tough autumn for the two Manchester clubs in the Premier League. No team has won in Manchester in the Premier League since September 24, with Manchester City and Manchester United involved in seven draws between them. Is this just a quirk of statistics or is something seriously wrong which will affect Premier League bets strategy?
Manchester United Free Tips and Analysis
Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled at home in the Premier League, drawing four times consecutively at Old Trafford for the first time since 1980. Outside of the Premier League they’ve done fine, smashing four goals past both Fenerbache and Feyenoord in the Europa League and beating Man City and West Ham in the League Cup.
Chief among their problems has been their wastefulness in front of goal. In four league games at Old Trafford, Man Utd have managed a decent 91 shots on goal. The conversion rate has been abysmal though, with Mourinho’s side scoring just three of those chances. Compare that to their opponents, who have created just 26 chances and scored three.
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were two of the main culprits in Man Utd’s last league fixture against West Ham, although Darren Randolph was in inspired form in the Hammers’ goal. Playing in the League Cup against the same opponents, Manchester United converted four of 18 chances – albeit against a different keeper.
The difference could be Armenian skipper Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The former Borussia Dortmund man has been imperious form since coming into the side and his addition to the middle could improve on the quality of chances Manchester United create.
Manchester City Free Tips and Analysis
Pep Guardiola is known for his perfectionism and as such it’s unsurprising that Manchester City are a side in transition at the moment under him. While their front line has been on fire at times, they’ve struggled in defence.
With the departure of Joe Hart on loan to Torino and Claudio Bravo was installed as number one, the Man City defence have had to adapt to a different style of keeper. Bravo is very much of the “sweeper keeper” mould and that has potentially caused issues for the defence as they adapt to that.
The lack of consistency in the back four that has been picked hasn’t helped. Guardiola has yet to pick the same back four two matches in a row and that consistent chopping and changing has caused some uncertainty. While John Stones is undoubtedly one of the most promising centre-backs in England he still has much room for improvement. Without a steady partner – let alone the leadership of someone like Vincent Kompany – next to him he’s found it tough.
Best Premier League Tips for the weekend
Will the sequence end this weekend? Can Man City beat Chelsea or will Antonio Conte be the first manager to win a Premier League game in Manchester this Autumn? Find the best free tips for this game and many more right here at ProTipster.