Man Utd v Man City Betting Tips
There are certain games in the Premier League season that you just can’t miss. Sunday’s early evening encounter between the two Manchester clubs is one such fixture.
Man City have had to rely on some late winners of late but they’ve been able to maintain their incredible pace at the top of the table with 14 wins from their 15 matches.
Man Utd are trailing their neighbours by eight points but buoyed by their 3-1 victory over Arsenal last weekend, Jose Mourinho’s men are confident of a huge win at Old Trafford.
United the Value Bet in a Potential Classic
We predicted a Man Utd win in the game against Arsenal last weekend but we had no idea that it would turn into such an enthralling encounter.
Mourinho’s tactic to press Arsenal high up the pitch paid dividends with two goals inside the first 11 minutes and from then on it was a masterpiece of counterattacking football from the Red Devils.
The Man Utd manager was delighted with the way his team attacked early on and hung on for the win with 10 men in the closing stages but will he be able to pack his defence and allow Man City to have the ball at Old Trafford?
Perhaps not with Stretford End expecting their team to play like the home side and go for the win.
Similarly, Pep Guardiola has a tactical dilemma of his own.
The Man City manager got his plans wrong in big away matches during his time in charge of both Barcelona and Bayern Munich and he’ll be wary of an overly attacking approach backfiring and giving the impetus to Man Utd.
The beauty of this game is that it pits together two of the biggest managers in the world and both could very easily could come away with the win. It’s about who plays best on the day but you may never get the chance to back Man Utd to win a league game at home at 5/2 with Marathonbet again.
That is surely too big a price about a team finding their mojo against one who have shown signs of vulnerability in recent weeks.
Three Goals the Minimum to Expect at the Theatre of Dreams
Man Utd come into Sunday’s game with the best home record in the Premier League. While Man City dropped points against Everton, United have won each of their seven games conceding just one goal in the process.
Mourinho’s men were made to work for their points by a stubborn Brighton team a couple of weeks ago and were narrow winners over Tottenham but if they’re going to win the derby, United will surely need to score more than once.
Man City have scored an astounding 46 goals already. Their goalscoring record may have tailed off a little but they still managed two goals against each of Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham despite those teams doing little more than defend for 90 minutes.
United will show much more ambition than those three at home so Guardiola will be expecting goals. However, he’ll also be concerned about his side conceding, especially with John Stones ruled out through injury.
We think a bet on over 2.5 goals at 5/6 with Coral is sensible while a riskier bet on both teams to score in the second half could also secure you a nice pay out at 9/4 with Betfair.
Martial Can Win it for United
As painful as John Stones’ absence will be for Man City, Paul Pogba leaves an even bigger hole for Man Utd to fill.
There is nobody else quite like Pogba and his absence through suspension will make United less dynamic in the middle of the pitch. Thankfully for Mourinho, he’s not lacking dynamism in wide areas.
One of those options, Anthony Martial, is in cracking form at the moment and he is well priced to come up with a huge late goal at 8/1 with Paddy Power.
Top Betting Offers
Man Utd to win at 5/2 with Marathonbet
Over 2.5 goals at 5/6 with Coral
Both teams to score in the second half at 9/4 with Betfair
Anthony Martial to score last at 8/1 with Paddy Power