Manchester United vs. Manchester City Free Prediction & Pick

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The 2011 season is nearly underway, with an opening match between Manchester United and Manchester City kicking off the season on August 7th, 2011. The game will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, and is the 160th match between Manchester United and Manchester City. This is the traditional opening game for the Premier League, and the winner receives the FA Community Shield. The match-up for the FA Community Shield's opening game is decided by which team won the previous Premier League season, and the holders of the FA Cup. United are currently the holders of the Community Shield as they beat Chelsea 3-1 in last seasons match, and will be looking to defend it this year against their rivals, Manchester City.

This is the second match-up between Manchester United and Manchester City over the past four months which has taken place at Wembley, with the last one resulting in a 1-0 Manchester City Win in the FA Cup semi-finals in April. Manchester United finished the 2010/2011 season at the top of the league standings with a very impressive 80 points and +41 goal differential. Manchester City was not far behind, with 71 points and a +27 goal differential. An interesting stat to note about these two teams, is that they were the two top teams in the league when it came to clean sheets, with Manchester City posting 18 clean sheets, and Manchester United posting 15 clean sheets. The kickoff for this big time opening game is set for 2:30pm, and it should set a tone for both of these teams as they look to start their seasons off the right way.

» Sports Betting Odds for the FA Community Shield Match

  • Manchester United +120
  • Manchester City +210
  • Draw +215
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This is setting up to be a great match, that should stay tight throughout, forcing both teams to take advantage of the few opportunities that they will get. I think Manchester United just has too much firepower, and will come out with an overwhelming amount of intensity against Manchester City. Man City made an impressive push last year, posting a 21-9-8 record, while Man United was 23-4-11. Manchester United has three of the top 20 scorers in the Premier League, and should cause some issues for the Manchester City defense. Throughout last season, Manchester United scored 18 more goals than their opponent Manchester City, and I think the goal scoring will be the difference here. I'm picking Manchester United to get the win.

  • Free Prediction: Manchester United- 1 Manchester City- 0
  • Free Pick: Manchester United +120