Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town, Premier League Matchday 36: Team News, Preview and Prediction

Competition/Round: 2017/18 Premier League Season – Matchday 36

Date/Time: Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town – Sunday, 6 May 2018, 13:30 BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria); 08:30 EST, 05:30 PST (USA); 17:30 IST (India)

Venue: City of Manchester “Etihad” Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Match Officials:

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistants: Simon Bennett, Simon Long

Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

TV Info: Sky Sports Premier League (UK); NBCSN (USA) Fubo TV, NBC Sports,

Live Stream: Sky GO (UK); NBC Sports Live (USA)

Preview:

Manchester City host Huddersfield Town on Matchday 37. Having won the Premier League on 15 April, the Blues show no signs of easing up as they continue to set new records. Chelsea currently hold the Premier League record for most victories (30), points earned (96) and goals scored (103) in a single Premier League season (38 matches).

The Mancunian club will be eager to break these records, as they have recorded 30 victories, earned 93 points and scored 102 goals after 35 matches. With three fixtures remaining, City have an opportunity to set new records. Moreover, the Blues will hoist the Premier League trophy following the conclusion of this match. This should serve as additional motivation to set these new records.

Huddersfield Town, however, have a much different story, as they find themselves in the dreaded relegation battle. Currently, West Bromwich Albion sit in 20 while Stoke City are 19 in the league. While it seems these clubs will be relegated to the Championship, the final relegation spot is still undetermined. Only three points separate 16 place Huddersfield Town from 18 place Southampton, thus the final three matches of the season are crucial for Town.

The Terriers have a mountain to climb to avoid relegation. In their final three matches, Huddersfield Town will face Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Therefore, Town will need to earn an unlikely result at the Etihad if they have any hope of competing in the Premier League next season.

Team News:

Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero is unavailable, though he will attend the trophy ceremony. Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, John Stones and David Silva returned to training. The club also announced this will be Yaya Touré’s final season in Manchester.

Huddersfield Town’s Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams remain sidelined through ankle injuries. Tom Ince and Michael Hefele are questionable.

Possible Lineups:

Manchester City

Formation: 4-3-3

Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; De Bruyne, Gündoğan, D. Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Huddersfield Town

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Lössl; Kongolo, Schindler, Jørgensen, Hadergjonaj; Mooy, Hogg; Parra, Pritchard, Quaner; Mounie

Manager: David Wagner

Prediction:

Manchester City will hold the Premier League trophy presentation at the end of this match. In preparation of the ceremony, the Blues will surely hope to put on a good display in front of their fans. Huddersfield Town, however, will not go down without a fight, as the relegation-threated Terriers will be eager to avoid the drop.

Although heroic displays from Agüero and Raheem Sterling snatched a late victory at the Kirkless Stadium, the reverse fixture saw Manchester City struggle against a strong-willed Huddersfield Town. It is expected similar events will occur in this tie. Nonetheless, this match provides the Blues with a historical moment to set three new Premier League records, and this should be enough motivation to overcome the Terriers.

SOurce: bitterandblue.sbnation.com

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