Mark Lawrenson reveals Sheffield United scoreline prediction ahead of Man City clash

Sheffield United will head into the weekend full of confidence following their huge 2-1 win over Manchester United, as they gear up for an equally tricky challenge of taking on Pep Guardiola's in-form Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
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In his weekly list of scoreline predictions for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson backed City to cruise to 3-0 home win tomorrow afternoon.

Elaborating on his pick, Lawro explained: "Sheffield United got a terrific result at Old Trafford on Wednesday but the table shows how much work they have to do to get out of trouble.

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"So, an immediate return to Manchester is not really the game they want as they look to build on that win over United, because City are looking so strong at the moment.

"Pep Guardiola's side ripped into West Brom on Tuesday and got the game won early. The Blades will have to be ready for more of the same."

Meanwhile, Lawro’s sparring partner for the week, Black Country saxophonist and Swansea City fan Lewis Evans, tipped the hosts to win 4-0, and stated: “Sorry, no repeat of Sheffield United's heroics here. City are just too powerful at the moment."

When the two sides last met, back in October, City claimed a narrow 1-0 victory, with former Blade Kyle Walker scoring the only goal of the game.

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Over the course of their last ten games, in a record stretching back to 1999, United have won on two occasions, including the FA Cup fifth-round upset in 2008, where goals from Luton Shelton and Jon Stead knocked City out of the competition.