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3 reasons why Manchester City will win the Manchester derby

Scott Newman
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#2: City’s firepower is incredible and hard to stop right now

City's attacking talent - including Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero - is near impossible to stop
City's attacking talent - including Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero - is near impossible to stop

It’s hard to bet against Manchester City right now regardless of their opponents, and most of that has to do with their ridiculous firepower. City have already scored 33 goals in their 11 Premier League games – an average of 3 per game, a record that if they keep it up, would see them finish the season with 114 goals – even beating their Premier League record of 106 from 2017/18.

That goalscoring form hasn’t just been confined to the Premier League, either – they’ve already scored 12 in the Champions League too, more than any other team in that competition.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about City’s goalscoring exploits though is the fact that so many different players have been regularly finding the net for them. Unsurprisingly, Sergio Aguero is currently their top scorer, with 10 in all competitions, but Raheem Sterling (7), David Silva (6) and Riyad Mahrez (6) aren’t far behind.

A further 9 City players have found the back of the net too, ranging from defenders like Kyle Walker to young prospects Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz. All in all, it adds up to make City an unusually dangerous side against any opponents. Essentially, even if you stop one attacking star, there’s another two or three waiting in the wings to shoot you down.

And worryingly, United have already conceded 18 goals this season – more than any other Premier League side above 15th place and 4 more than 17th placed Newcastle. Can we really expect such a leaky defence to hold fast against the striking power of Guardiola’s men? I don’t think so.