History will be made at the Etihad Stadium as Nick Cushing’s Manchester City welcome their newly-promoted neighbours to the home of the Premier League Champions.
This Saturday’s game provides extra thrill with the knowledge that over 20,000 tickets have been sold in what should be an entertaining opening day Women’s Super League match-up. It simply does not get better than a Manchester Derby on the first weekend of the season.
Yet while fans of women’s football may be in for a treat, Casey Stoney’s Manchester United could be in for a rude awakening.
Indeed, our Man City Women vs Man United Women predictions are expecting last season’s double Cup winners to pull rank this Saturday and deliver the Red Devil their first WSL defeat.
So, without further ado…
Man City Women vs Man United Women Predictions
Given that United came into inception just 15 months prior to their promotion, Stoney and co have every right to receive plaudit for their rise to the WSL.
Despite facing financial backlash, squad issues, and plenty of null games, the Red Devils found a manager capable of standing at the wheel and steering the ship towards success (see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and where his side will finish in our 2019/20 Premier League season preview).
Pair this with smart summer signings of Abbie McManus, Mary Earps – known for her leadership skills – and Jane Ross, a proven goalscorer, and the future is certainly bright for the former English international’s team.
But for all their achievements and feats, the away side travel to the Etihad to face a side already established and settled in the league. What’s more, just as the men’s team, they have a reputation for being immensely efficient in attack, and almost unplayable through the midfield.
Our Man City Women vs Man United Women predictions expects City’s English quartet to shine through the Red Devil’s press.
If that wasn’t evident throughout last season’s FA Cup and League Cup wins then our Man City vs Man United predictions won’t be worth much. Yet the same City contingent once again stole the limelight during England’s World Cup campaign, exposing the nature of the team that Stoney has to tactically trump.
From Jill Scott’s grit to Ellen’s White ruthless finishing, it was Cushing’s players who really gave an entire nation of World Cup sceptics hope of international glory.
Despite the disappointments of the summer campaign, the players come back refreshed and determined to usurp Arsenal as WSL champions. Sure, they’ll be without Nikita Parris and Claire Emslie. But with a 19-year-old prodigy in Lauren Hempy, the mix of experience and youth will be the perfect combination to deliver the Red Devils with their first defeat of the season.
Man City Women vs Man United Women Head To Head
Considering that this will be the first matchup between the two Manchester clubs in the WSL, there certainly is a lot riding on this fixture.
And with no previous results to support our Man City Women vs Man United Women predictions, current form and positional superiority will have to be an indicator for how this Saturday’s game will unfold.
City have a stronger attack. Cushing’s system allows for pace on the flanks, not unlike that of Pep Guardiola’s.
Meanwhile, United will look to play as they did throughout the whole of last season – in between the lines. While that may be a perfect tactic to score goals, it won’t be enough to claim a win against an efficient City side.
Man City Women Team News
The return of seven World Cup players, who were all part of England’s successful run to the semi-finals in France, should be a feature in Cushing’s starting XI.
From captain Steph Houghton, who’s missed penalty changed the Lionesses fate, to White’s goal which VAR wiped off, the City contingent was amongst the thick of the action.
Instead, this Saturday’s game should see the likes of Karen Bardsley, Georgia Stanway, and Kiera Waslj back in the mix. Our Man City vs Man United predictions wagers that the Cushing will experiment with the players, given that not all are match fit.
Man United Women Team News
In the opposite dugout, Stoney has options to mull over too ahead of this weekend’s clash at the Etihad.
New recruits McManus and Ross could well be in for a baptism of fire like no other. But outside of the Red Devils new signings, expect more of the familiar faces that we saw in the starting XI last season.
The likes of Mollie Green, Aimee Turner and Lizzy Arnot are all but confirmed regulars. But even this mix of youth and experience may not be enough to change United’s fate. A defeat at the home of the reigning Premier League champions.
Man City Women vs Man United Women Betting Tips
We may not have the odds out to back up our Man City Women vs Man United Women predictions. But there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that the betting favourites will live up to the expectations of a home win.
Indeed, all evidence suggests that Stoney and her players will be welcomed into the world of WSL with a bang to bring them back down the earth.
Perhaps a potential loss may not be so bad; with one under their belt, it may help accustom the Red Devils to the rigours and challenges of the league.