FootyMAD's derby preview

Last updated : 13 January 2006 By Footymad Previewer
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Recent derby results

The most recent Manchester derby saw City come back in the second half to draw 1-1 with United at Old Trafford last September. Joey Barton pounced with 14 minutes remaining to cancel out Ruud van Nistelrooy's opening goal on the stroke of half-time. Ex-Red Andy Cole almost snatched the points for City in stoppage time, but Edwin van der Sar pulled off a great save.

City's last derby at home was a disappointing result as two goals went in off Richard Dunne to give United a 2-0 win. The first goal rightly went down as Wayne Rooney's and there was no denying that the second was an own goal from Dunney.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2005/2006Sat 10 SepUnited1 - 1CityPREM
2004/2005Sun 13 FebCity0-2UnitedPREM
2004/2005Sun 07 NovUnited0 - 0CityPREM
2003/2004Sun 14 MarCity4 - 1UnitedPREM
2003/2004Sat 14 FebUnited4 - 2CityFAC
2003/2004Sat 13 DecUnited3 - 1CityPREM
2002/2003Sun 09 FebUnited1 - 1CityPREM

Recent form guides

City have managed to pick up just 2 wins from their last 6 home games, losing three. United are unbeaten in their last 6 away games, with 4 of them draws. In those games, United have scored 8 goals and conceded 3.

United have drawn their last 3 games, including Cup draws with Burton and Blackburn over the last week. Their last away win was at Birmingham in the League Cup on December 20.

City's last home win in the league was also against Birmingham, on Dec 17. Last week's FA Cup win at home to Scunthorpe ended a run of 4 games without a win over Christmas and a run of 3 games without a goal.

City have 28 points from 21 games and lie just inside the top half of the table in 9th position, while United sit 2nd with 45pts, desperately trying to keep up with runaway leaders Chelsea.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

The auto-generated prediction said a narrow away win but I'm going to have to show a little of my City bias and instead go for a..... SCORE DRAW.

Sequence statistics:
City4 league games since last win
UnitedPrevious 4 away games have finished all-square.
Drawn each of the last 3 games.