Manchester United vs Manchester City
Casemiro has been an incredible addition for United. Eyebrows were raised at the fee for a player for his age; but the Brazillian has looked worth every bit of the price tag so far.
He is and always has been a tough tackler and fierce competitor. He’s had 3 cards in the league so far. Since breaking in to the Porto team in 2014, Casemiro has played 200 league games for 3 clubs and has picked himself up 79 bookings – better than 1 in 3.
He has made more fouls than anyone else in the United side and he’s averaging 2.57 P/90, which is very high. With many fleet footed players in and around him on the City side, I’ve no doubt he’ll fell a couple of them.
Fernandes averages 1.38 fouls P/90 for United. He’s prone to losing his composure, particularly in tougher games and has picked up 5 cards this season; the most of any Man United player.
He also gets stuck right in in this fixture. He was 1 of 3 players booked for United in the 6-3 loss. He’s also made 2 or more fouls in each of the last 5 meetings with Man City.
City don’t make too many fouls, but we’ve seen in big games that they are happy to get their hands dirty and give as good as they get, I expect that to be the case in a very competitive game here.
Cancelo averages 0.91 fouls P/90, he’s had 3 yellow cards and a red in the league this season and he was booked last weekend in the FA Cup win against Chelsea; much to my dismay as it sank my bet builder.
He was 1 of just 3 City players to commit a foul in the reverse fixture and he’s pretty consistent against stronger sides as he’s tested more defensively.
He’ll also be responsibly for tracking Antony, he draws just under 1 foul per game. Not the best but his desire to take on players 1v1 is great for an opponent foul, he attempts 2.50 dribbles P/90. Of the regular starters, only Rashford attempts more.
Rashy is on fire. He’s back to his best and even despite being benched against Wolves, he still came on to devastating effect to land my 27/1 bet builder.
He’s had more shots on target than any other United player and is averaging 1.20 P/90 in the Premier League this season. He’s had at least 1 shot on target in the last 8 games where he’s played 45+ minutes.
His confidence is sky high and he’s taking on attempts whenever he gets space, he’ll also be first in line for any direct free kicks and he’ll likely take penalties should United get one.