Competition/Round: 2019/20 English Premier League Season – Matchday 24
Venue: Bramhall Lane, Sheffield, England, UK
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Simon Long, Nick Hopton
Fourth official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Andy Madley
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann
TV Info: NBC Sports Network (USA), DAZN (Canada)
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City head to Bramhall Lane, eager to put the disappointment of a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace fully behind them. The blues came from behind to score to goals in five minutes that looked like securing three points, until Fernandinho put through his own goal to gift a point to the visitors.
It was another two points dropped in what is looking ever more like a very disappointing league campaign for the blues, who now look to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
United earned a point at Arsenal at the weekend to continue their fine away form, as John Fleck scored with seven minutes remaining. The Blades will look for some measure of revenge against the blues for the 2-0 defeat inflicted by City in December, and the memory of having the opening goal disallowed by VAR will still be fresh in the minds of the Sheffield players.
David McGoldrick will face a late fitness test for United after he missed Saturday’s draw at Arsenal, but United have no new injury worries ahead of City’s visit.
The blues could be without defender John Stones and possibly Benjamin Mendy due to a leg injury and muscle fatigue respectively. Nicolas Otamendi could return to the heart of City’s defence as Aymeric Laporte is still not fit to return.
After foolishly believing City would put five past Palace on Saturday, tomorrow’s prediction is a lot more humble. United are a surprisingly strong team but I think the blues will be too strong for them. With Otamendi likely to play, that could mean City’s clean sheet out of the window but the blues should have too much.
Sheffield United 1-3 Manchester City