Monday, April 30, 2012

Manchester City vs. Manchester United: Preview, Live Stream, Start Time and More

When Manchester United travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City come Monday, much more than three points will be on offer—rather, the entire English Premier League will be up for grabs.

United currently hold a three-point lead over City, and if they could pick up all three points here, then they'll nearly be impossible to run down for the title. However, if City win, their superior goal difference would take them to the top of the table.
Man Utd vs Man City Live Stream
It all comes down to this one, and here's everything you need to know and more about this crucial Manchester derby.

Where: Etihad Stadium

When: Monday, 30th April at 3PM ET

Live Stream: ESPN

Last Time These Two Met: Manchester United 1, Manchester City 6

Few City fans will forget the time that they waltzed in to Old Trafford and gave the hosts a 6-1 drubbing; few United fans will have forgotten it either.

In United's defense, City did score three goals in stoppage time and the Red Devils were down to 10 men, but at the end of the day, the scoreboard read what it did.

United will know the embarrassment they felt at home and will be desperate to make amends in some way for that horrible day back in October. City might not have lost at the Etihad this season in the Premier League, but if any side is going to be able to change that, it will be United.

Big Question: How big is Manchester City's home-field advantage?

After watching their dominance at the Etihad this season, there is little doubt as to the advantage that Manchester City have playing at home. They've won 21 of their last 22 Premier League matches there and haven't been defeated at home all season.

United, on the other hand, lost their last away match to Wigan Athletic and only just got up in their road match before that, leaving it until the final 10 minutes of play to find a match-winner against Blackburn Rovers.

Yet, for all City's home field dominance and United's recent road flutters, don't expect there to be a gulf in class between these two sides at all.

The Red Devils may be scoring less goals away from home (2.12 per game), but they're also conceding far less as well, averaging just 0.76 goals against per game away from home.