In the upcoming Premier League clash on Sunday, Manchester City is poised to face Sheffield United, seeking to maintain their impressive season start by securing a victory on the road.
Having triumphed in their initial two Premier League encounters versus Burnley and Newcastle United, Manchester City enters the match with confidence. The team’s optimism is buoyed by their track record of success against Sheffield United, a newly-promoted side.
In contrast, Sheffield United approaches the game following consecutive losses against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. Their recent form casts doubts on their ability to reverse their fortunes against the formidable Man City.
Sheffield United’s Max Lowe will be absent due to injury, yet George Baldock and Oli McBurnie have returned to training and might feature. However, the acquisition of Cameron Archer from Aston Villa won’t be finalized in time for his inaugural appearance.
Manchester City will miss the presence of their manager, Pep Guardiola, due to unexpected back surgery. Fortunately, Bernardo Silva has recovered from an illness, and new signing Jeremy Doku is eligible for selection. Unfortunately, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones continue to be sidelined.
Sheffield United faces the daunting challenge of breaking an eight-game winless streak against Manchester City in league competitions, a drought dating back to January 2000 in the second tier of football. The Blades’ most recent triumph over City occurred in a fourth-round FA Cup tie back in January 2008.
City remains undefeated in all ten of their Premier League clashes with Sheffield United. The last time City suffered a defeat against the Blades in top-flight football was in February 1992.