Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, December 7, 2019


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

The standout game of the weekend sees the Manchester derby return to the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City are looking to maintain their push to retain their title and come up against their rivals who showed what they can do when they beat Tottenham last time out. Although it is always a conundrum for United as to whether they want Liverpool or City to win the title, the Red Devils cannot afford to be gracious if they harbour their own ambitions to play in Europe and must play for the win.

Manchester City come into this game after a dominant 4-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor. A brace from Gabriel Jesus and goals from Rodri and Riyad Mahrez secured the points with the team bouncing back well after being denied a win at Newcastle. Having already secured their passage to the next round of the Champions League, City can focus 100% on this game and not worry about their midweek fixture with Dinamo Zagreb. Many have felt that Guardiola’s men may have given up on the league but their emphatic performance shows that the team is still motivated to push Liverpool and they can look at recent history where they found themselves in a similar position last year, with a big points gap to claw back and did so to win the title. The Spaniard has never been one to let standards slip and will want the performances to match a winning result as the team gears up for games against Arsenal, Leicester, Wolves and Sheffield United before the turn of the year.

Manchester United will be boosted by their performance against Tottenham where they ran out 2-1 winners. Marcus Rashford was the star of the show bagging a brace and really carrying the fight to the Tottenham backline. The England man scored with a near post strike before winning and converting a penalty to secure all three points. The result meant the team got one over on their old manager Jose Mourinho as well as kept themselves in with a fighting chance of securing European football next season. But this game will always be the acid test to see how far Solskjaer has brought the team, and despite injuries to key players he will be happy with what he saw against Spurs. The setup for this game will be interesting as teams tend not to have too much success against City if they simply sit back for long periods and the Norweigan may decide to go on the attack early given how they fared in midweek. A result here could calm any rumours of Pochettino being lined up for the United job and ensure the team continues to focus on and play for Solskjaer.

In team news Manchester City could welcome back Ilkay Gundogan who is available after serving a suspension. It will be a big decision given how David Silva, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne played in midweek, but the German has been instrumental in big games and may get the nod over Rodri. Sergio Aguero remains out so Gabriel Jesus will continue up front while Aymeric Laporte remains a long term absentee

Manchester United are still hampered with multiple injuries with the likes of Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot all set to miss out. Nemanja Matic, who has been out for two months, could return to the squad and give the Reds a big boost in shoring up their midfield. Marcus Rashford looks set to lead the line with support from Daniel James and Jesse Lingard.

In recent years, Manchester City have started to dominate this fixture, with United winning just one out of the last six league meetings. The Citizens won both games last season with a 3-1 win at the Etihad followed by a 2-0 win at Old Trafford courtesy of Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane strikes.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. With the likes of Aguero out, this could be a tighter affair than in previous games and we feel that backing under 3.5 goals at 8/13 with Bet365 is a good shout. This is a bet where you could let the game be played for 20-30 minutes and potentially cash out for a profit if it starts to open up. Corners is always a strength of City’s and backing over 10 at 5/6 is also recommended.

Punter's Pick

The standout game of the weekend sees the Manchester derby return to the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City are looking to maintain their push to retain their title and come up against their rivals who showed what they can do when they beat Tottenham last time out. Although it is always a conundrum for United as to whether they want Liverpool or City to win the title, the Red Devils cannot afford to be gracious if they harbour their own ambitions to play in Europe and must play for the win.

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