Manchester City v Manchester United: Pep’s Pacesetters Hope for Victory Against Local Rivals

Manchester City have continued this season in the same vein as the last campaign and Pep Guardiola’s side can maintain their place at the summit of the Premier League table with victory over bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium – kick-off: 16:30 GMT.

The blue half of Manchester lead the red half by nine points after eleven games. If Jose Mourinho’s men have any small aspirations of chasing down the Premier League’s pacesetters, then a victory over City is a must.

Both teams come in to this important fixture in good form following their midweek Champions League victories. City cast aside Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 on home soil, while United pulled off an improbable 2-1 away win over Juventus in Turin, after conceding from former United great, Cristiano Ronaldo. That victory will surely have given the United squad a major boost, but a victory over Manchester City will be equally as, if not more, difficult.

Match Odds

manchester unitedThe bookmakers believe this to be a foregone conclusion according to the match odds for this contest. Manchester City can be backed at the best available odds at the time of writing with Unibet at 7/17. Guardiola’s side have won all six home league games so far this season, scoring four goals per game on average, conceding just three in that period.

The Draw can be backed with MarathonBet at 9/2, which could appeal to some punters, while a victory for United is available with Betfred at the standout price of 15/2. Personally, as a gambler on football for more years than I care to mention, I cannot remember Manchester United – despite not being the force of days gone by – being such a huge price for any Premier League game.

United have won two and drawn one of the last three league meetings at the Etihad and that offers hope of another shock victory. The Reds have hit some kind of form in the last couple of weeks, and although City are highly likely to win this game, the odds on a United victory are very tempting indeed.

Individual Goal Scorers

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Manchester City’s Argentinian striker, Sergio Aguero, sat out the midweek game with Shakhtar, but could line-up against United at the weekend. The bookmakers obviously believe this to be the case as Aguero is priced up as the 31/10 favourite with MarathonBet to open the scoring.

Aguero’s fellow City strike-partner, Gabriel Jesus is next best at 19/5 with Unibet. The Brazilian struck a hat-trick in midweek and will be hoping to keep his place in the team. England forward, Raheem Sterling can be had with Boylesports and SportPesa at the top price of 5/1. SportPesa then offer German international wide-man Leroy Sane at the tempting price of 6/1.

Manchester United’s first interest in the First Goalscorer betting is with striker, Romelu Lukaku, who is also a 10/1 chance with Boylesports and BetBright. Lukaku has missed the last few games for United through injury, so his participation is somewhat unclear.

French forward Anthony Martial has flourished in recent weeks under Mourinho and is worthy of first goal consideration at 12/1 with Boylesports and 10BET. Marcus Rashford is also an available 12/1 chance with the same firms, while Alexis Sanchez must shake off a niggling injury from the Juventus game, but the Chilean international is also worthy of consideration at 12/1 – again with Boylesports and 10BET.

Other Side Bets

Three of the last eight meetings between the two teams in all competitions have yielded three or more goals in the game, with Over 2.5 Goals being rather short on recent results between the sides. Three or more goals in the game can be backed at the generally available odds of 1/2. Unibet and 888Sport offer the odds of 9/5 on Under 2.5 Goals, which is a reasonable price and maybe worth chancing.

Boylesports offer Manchester City at 13/8 to win the game without conceding and this rates as our strongest selection of the game. United have struggled with teams in recent years who press high and give them no breathing space. Okay, United have had some success at the Etihad in recent seasons, but City are likely to have more than enough to win this game and regain local bragging rights.

Our final selection is the obligatory Correct Score bet. Our tip for the game is a 2-0 home win for Manchester City. This can be taken with SportPesa and 10BET at 31/4, and is worth a small interest.

Best Bets:

  • Manchester City to Win the Game to Nil at 13/8 with Boylesports
  • Under 2.5 Goals in the Match at 9/5 with Unibet
  • Manchester City 2-0 Manchester United Correct Score bet at 31/4 with SportPesa
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