Pep Guardiola’s men look to shake off mixed start against winless Blades


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Man City will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against struggling Sheffield United.

Pep Guardiola’s side could only manage a 1-1 draw at West Ham thanks to Phil Foden’s second-half equaliser last weekend.

Man City have had an indifferent start to the season

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Man City have had an indifferent start to the season

Meanwhile, Sheffield United are winless after six matches, but will be encouraged by their battling display in a 2-1 defeat to champions Liverpool last time out.

talkSPORT will be in Manchester to bring you all the action exclusively live.

Sheffield United vs Man City: How to listen

The match will get underway at 12.30pm on Saturday, October 31.

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Sheffield United vs Man City: Team news

Man City will be missing their all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who will miss at least a month with a hamstring injury.

Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho have all been ruled out, however, Nathan Ake is expected to return from a groin problem.

Sheffield United will continue to be without injured trio Lys Mousset, Jack O’Connell and John Fleck.

Blades boss Chris Wilder revealed John Lundstram has turned down the chance to sign a new contract, but says it will not affect his availability for selection.

Wilder’s Sheffield United could be embroiled in a relegation battle unless their form picks up

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Wilder’s Sheffield United could be embroiled in a relegation battle unless their form picks up

Sheffield United vs Man City: Match stats and facts

  • Sheffield United are winless in their last six league meetings with Man City (D2 L4), failing to score in any of the last four. Their last victory against them was in the second tier in January 2000 (1-0).
  • Man City are looking to win four consecutive league games against Sheffield United for the first time since March 1930.
  • Sheffield United have never beaten Man City in the Premier League in eight attempts (D3 L5), the most they’ve faced any side in the competition without a victory. They’ve failed to score in seven of these eight meetings, the highest percentage of games a side has failed to score against another in the Premier League (88% – minimum eight meetings).
  • Sheffield United are winless in their last nine Premier League games (D1 L8), the longest ongoing run among all current sides in the competition. The last time the Blades failed to win any of their first seven league games in a single campaign was back in 1991-92.
  • Among the 17 ever-present Premier League sides since the start of last season, Sheffield United have had the fewest shots (409) and fewest shots on target (131), while only Crystal Palace (39) have scored fewer goals than the Blades in the competition (42).
  • Man City are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games (W1 D2), although they’ve bagged just one goal in each match. It’s their longest run of failing to score more than once in a league game since October 2016 (3) in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge.
  • No side has won more English top-flight matches on Halloween (October 31st) than Manchester City (W10 D0 L3) – level with Arsenal.
  • Man City have won just eight points from their first five Premier League games this season – it’s Pep Guardiola’s worst start at this stage of the season in his managerial career. The fewest points Guardiola has collected after the first six league games was 13, most recently in 2019-20.
  • Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has won 99 of his 202 games in charge of the club in all competitions, although he’s been stuck on 99 wins for the last 10 matches (D2 L8), since beating Chelsea 3-0 in July.
  • Man City winger Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 99 goals in 203 Premier League appearances (58 goals, 41 assists); his next goal or assist would see him become the 6th African player to reach the century milestone after Didier Drogba, Yakubu, Emmanuel Adebayor, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.

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