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Manchester United VS Manchester City

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Manchester United VS Manchester City

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

SUNDAY, 25 OCT 2015

10:05 AM EASTERN TIME

DERBY HIGHLIGHTS:

None of the last 12 Manchester derbies in all competitions have ended as a draw (five United wins, seven City wins).

The last 10 Manchester derbies in all competitions have seen 41 goals scored (4.1 goals per match).

Manchester City

  • Manchester City have won six of their last eight Manchester derbies in league competition (L2) – prior to this run Man City had won six of their previous 42 derby matches versus Man Utd.
  • Man City are looking for their 50th competitive win in the Manchester derby (W49 D50 L69).
  • Man City have had the most shots on target (74) and have allowed their opponents the fewest (24) in the opening nine matchdays of 2015-16.
  • Team news:
    • Captain Vincent Kompany will not be starting despite return to fitness.
    • Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala were picked ahead of Kompany to start in central defence

Manchester United

  • Man Utd have won 17 of their 23 Barclays Premier League home matches under Louis van Gaal (74%), conceding only 16 goals (D3 L3).
  • Manager van Gaal was reportedly unhappy with the fixture, citing no breaks
  • Team News:
    • Joe Gomez and Danny Ings could miss the rest of the season
    • Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in Manchester derbies (all comps); more than any other player in this fixture.
    • Rooney is 30 years old on the day before this match – no player has scored as many Barclays Premier League goals as he has by the age of 30 (187).

HEAD TO HEAD

LAST FIVE RESULTS

manchesterunited150 676
CSKA Moscow 1-1 (a) drawSevilla 2-1 (h) won
Everton 0-3 (a) winBournemouth 5-1 (h) won
Arsenal 3-0 (a) lostNewcastle United 6-1 (h) won
VFL Wolfsburg 2-1 (h) winB. Monchengladbach 2-1 (a) won
Sunderland 3-0 (h) winTottenham Hotspur 4-1 (a) lost

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

DateCompetitionScoreManchester United ScorersManchester City Scorers
25.03.14Premier League0-3

Dzeko 1

Dzeko 56

Yaya Toure 90

02.11.1Premier League1-0Aguero 63
12.04.15Premier League4-2

Young 14

Fellaini 27

Mata 67

Smalling 63

Aguero 8

Aguero 89

ODDS PROJECTION

1.65Manchester United
2.54Draw
1.88Manchester City

MOST POPULAR BETS

TeamMost Popular BetRecommended Bet
33161x3Manchester United28.42%Bet-Now-on-sport
Manchester-City 50pxManchester City51.05%
Draw15.38%

Prediction

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Pakistan vs England: Misbah-ul-Haq century stumps tourists

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It will take much for England to strike back against Misbah’s century.

Second Test, Dubai, day one

Pakistan 282-4: Misbah 102*, Younus 56

England: Yet to bat

A hundred from Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq seized the initiative after England threatened to take control of the second Test on day one in Dubai.

Misbah, 41, hit two sixes off Moeen Ali’s final over of the day to reach 102 and take Pakistan to 282-4.

A disciplined bowling performance had earlier seen Pakistan reduced to 178-4.

James Anderson, Moeen, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes took a wicket each, while Shan Masood (54) and Younus Khan (56) made half-centuries.

Misbah averages more than 57 with the bat as Pakistan captain, but may have felt in debt to his side after a rash stroke in the first Test sparked a collapse that set up England’s unlikely push for victory.

He initially looked uncomfortable against England’s pace bowlers and was hit on the head by a Wood bouncer, as well as edging Stokes just short of the slips.

But he swept the spin of Moeen and Adil Rashid with aplomb as well as hitting the inconsistent Rashid for three straight sixes.

England Pacers Impress

England can be pleased with their effort on a surface that holds few problems for batsmen, but one that has offered more encouragement for the pace bowlers than the drawn first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Just as they did in Dubai, England’s quartet of pace bowlers impressed with both a constant wicket threat and the ability to keep Pakistan’s batsmen in check.

After Moeen had opener Mohammad Hafeez loop an inside-edge to short leg, Stokes got Shoaib Malik to push in the same direction, where Jonny Bairstow took a brilliant one-handed catch to grab a rebound off his own chest.

Anderson rolled his fingers over an off-cutter from the very first delivery after lunch to have Masood poking behind, while Stokes and Wood caused problems during a fourth-wicket stand of 93 between Misbah and Younus.

Stokes, described as “not 100% fit” by captain Alastair Cook following a stomach virus, found reverse swing in the air and movement off the seam, while the hostile Wood was eventually rewarded when Younus was caught down the leg side.

Murray-Peers to end doubles partnership

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Murray and Peers as they secured the Brisbane International men’s doubles earlier this year.

Britain’s Jamie Murray will end his doubles partnership with John Peers at the end of the season to link up with Brazil’s Bruno Soares.

Murray, 29, and Australian Peers, 27, have won titles in Brisbane and Hamburg this year and were also runners-up at Wimbledon and the US OpenThe 29-year-old Scot will team up with 33-year-old Brazilian Bruno Soares at the start of 2016 while Peers is also believed to have already lined up a new partner.

Soares let the news slip just as Murray and Peers are entering the run-in to the season which will culminate in them appearing in the elite eight-team field at the 02 Arena next month, for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Their qualification for the year-end finale, achieved on the back of having been runners up at both Wimbledon and the US Open, is testament to the improvements they have made, which sees them as the world’s fourth most successful doubles pairing in 2015.

The split, which is believed to be a mutual decision and not the result of any huge fallout, is a risky move for both players.

Murray was ranked 92 in doubles and struggling to live up to his early promise when he and Peers got together almost by chance at the 2013 Australian Open, and decided to try each other out in the tournaments of February that year.

Meanwhile, Soares has won 11 ATP tour titles with his current partner, Alexander Peya, 35, of Austria.