For the first time in this Premier League season, Manchester City find themselves under a little bit of pressure. The results on Saturday mean the Blues have a five-point lead over Manchester United, and City must beat Huddersfield Town on Sunday to stay eight points ahead of their rivals and maintain their unbeaten record this season.
But it will not be easy. Huddersfield are playing their first ever season in the Premier League and are doing quite well, sitting exactly in midtable with 15 points from their first 12 matches. The Terriers did lose 4-0 to 10-man Bournemouth last week, but that was simply an outlier in what has been a very solid season so far.
The highlight of the campaign for David Wagner’s men was a win at home against Manchester United in which Huddersfield conceded possession, absorbed pressure and scored two goals on mistakes by the United defense to get the win. Wagner will no doubt have a similar gameplay to face the Blues, and he’s already proven he can beat anyone in the league.
This will be very difficult, and it’ll be interesting to see how City deal with the pressure of United’s win. Can they get the job done?
MATCH INFO, TV/STREAMING
Date/Time: Sunday, November 26, 2017, 4pm GMT (UK), 5pm WAT (Nigeria), 11am ET, 8am PT (USA), 9:30pm IST (India)
Venue: John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, England
Television: Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBCSN (USA), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria), Sportsnet World (Canada), Star Sports Select 1 (India)
Online streaming: Sky GO (UK), NBC Sports Live (USA), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
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Pep Guardiola rested most of his superstars in the Champions League game against Feyenoord, and while the 1-0 win wasn’t the most exciting ever, it was a victory anyway and a lot of important players got a night off. Those players will no doubt return this weekend, including captain Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, David Silva and Leroy Sané. The team is definitely stronger with these five players, and if they’re up to their usual standards a win is very likely.
Manchester City (4-3-3)
Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané
Huddersfield Town (4-3-3)
Lössl; Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Löwe; Williams, Hogg, Mooy; Kachunga, Depoitre, Ince
This will be very, very tough, but we can definitely win it: 3-1 to the Blues.