Sheff Utd v Man City: Premier League betting predictions, free tips & TV details
Citizens' class looks likely to tell in the end
Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Sheffield United v Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Where to watch
BT Sport 1, 12.30pm Saturday
Draw-Man City double result
1pt 10-3 Hills
Max Lowe returns after concussion. Jack O'Connell, John Fleck and Lys Mousset are out.
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are out, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho are also crocked but Nathan Ake could return.
Arsenal and Liverpool have found it hard going breaking down Sheffield United this month and Manchester City may not find it any easier when they visit Bramall Lane.
The Gunners couldn't breach Chris Wilder's well drilled defence until an hour had gone in Arsenal's 2-1 success over the Blades while Liverpool had to come from behind to triumph by the same scoreline.
Those results, plus other setbacks, mean United find themselves in the bottom three without a win to their name just a few weeks after they signed off their comeback Premier League campaign with a ninth-place finish.
But they are still proving awkward adversaries, won't be overwhelmed and, just as they were last season, they will be confident of giving stuttering City a decent work-out.
Fresh from an excellent 3-0 win at a pretty lame Marseille in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola's superpowers should ultimately prove too good.
But last year they needed second-half goals to beat United 2-0 at home and a 73rd-minute effort from Sergio Aguero to win 1-0 at Bramall Lane, and they may well have to earn their points again.
And, just as last year, the Draw-City half-time/full-time result at 100-30 is a bet that supports the theory that the hosts will be solid but ultimately the visitors' extra class should prevail.
Indeed, United have been level at the interval in each of their last five matches and obviously won none of them. And while City might be able to make light work of modest French opposition they are finding domestic adversaries far sterner tests, having gained just one Premier League win in their last four.
At West Ham last week there really wasn't an awful lot between the sides and the Hammers were well deserving of their point.
City will be without Sergio Aguero once again so it will be interesting to see if Guardiola persists with the front three he deployed at the Stade Velodrome with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden flanking Ferran Torres.
Torres isn't a number nine but looked lively in that role and Guardiola is no stranger to going into battle without an out-and-out centre-forward. And City always seem to look that bit livelier when Foden is on the field. They certainly did at the London Stadium last Saturday.
They are unbeaten in their last seven away games in all competitions while United have not won any of their last ten.
The Blades have taken one point of a possible 27 from their last nine Premier League games.
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