Chris Sutton makes wild Premier League score prediction for Manchester derby

  • Manchester City host rivals United in derby on Sunday afternoon
  • Premier League champions put six past Erik ten Hag's side in fixture last season
  • Sutton predicts City to again bag half a dozen against United's injury-hit defence

Sutton likes to stir the pot every now and again
Sutton likes to stir the pot every now and again / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Manchester City's 6-3 win over Manchester United last season has clearly stuck in the mind of former Premier League winner Chris Sutton, with the ex-Blackburn Rovers striker predicting another one-sided win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The champions ran out convincing in Erik ten Hag's first experience of the Manchester derby, thanks to hat-tricks from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland, but did exact some revenge when Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford guided United to a comeback 2-1 win over City in the reverse fixture.

Their meeting at Old Trafford in October saw City run out 3-0 winners - Haaland and Foden again United's chief tormenters - and Pep Guardiola's charges appearing to be hitting their stride heading into the business end of the season.

Haaland is back fit and firing - he scored five against Luton Town in the FA Cup midweek - and Kevin De Bruyne, despite having his minutes managed carefully, looks to be at his absolute best after spending months on the sidelines nursing a hamstring injury.

City are seen by many as overwhelming favourites to win on Sunday - 90min predicts they will emerge 3-0 winners - and that's certainly the view of Sutton, who in his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport has tipped their to be a huge gulf in quality between the two.

Sutton reckons City could blow United away if De Bruyne continues to bring his A-game, especially as Harry Magure is out injured alongside Lisandro Martinez, and the end scoreline could be as embarrassing as 6-1.

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The last time that scoreline became a reality was way back in October 2011, when a Roberto Mancini-led City schooled United, then managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, on their own patch.

Mario Balotelli scored the game's opening two goals, revealing his famous 'why always me?' undershirt in the process, before Sergio Aguero put the result beyond doubt with a third. Darren Fletcher scored a superb consolation for United, who lost Jonny Evans to a red card minutes after the half-time interval, but the Red Devils imploded at the end of the game.

Edin Dzeko scored a brace either side of David Silva's strike, with the latter goal courtesy of one of the most technically brilliant passes ever seen in Premier League history - Silva cushioning a perfectly-weighted volleyed ball through the heart of United's beleaguered defence.