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

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Sunday, March 8, 2020


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

Manchester City have had the better of this fixture in recent times but United have proven to be their bogey team, often running the Champions close and winning more regularly than others. The Red Devils shocked their rivals by winning 2-1 at the Etihad earlier in the season courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and they will be looking to repeat the trick this time around. We do however feel that City are the stronger team and the odds of 8/13 for them to get all three points is too good to miss. Over 4.5 cards is also priced at 8/13 and this could be added to increase the overall value as both teams are ultra competitive on derby day with plenty of rash challenges flying in.

The Manchester derby returns to Old Trafford this weekend as both teams look to consolidate their positions and secure bragging rights in the city. United are three points behind fourth placed Chelsea but will be in a Champions League spot if City have their European ban enforced. City will look to close the gap on leaders Liverpool to 19 points after their loss to Watford.

Manchester United have been in good form coming into this game and have not lost a competitive game in their last nine outings. The team secured their passage into the next round of the FA Cup defeating Derby County 3-0 and much of their improved form has coincided with the addition of Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese international has injected some energy and creativity into United’s play which had been lacking and the team has benefited from this both in their play and ability to score goals. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows there is still room for improvement as the team can be workmanlike at times but the defence has become stronger as the season has progressed with Matic and Fred providing the cover in front. With Fernandes scoring in their last two league games, some of the pressure has been relieved from the frontmen and the team has enjoyed success as a result.

Manchester City will be buoyant after their League Cup victory over Aston Villa. The holders looked like they would run away with the tie having gone 2-0 up with goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodri. But complacency and sloppiness set in which allowed Samatta to score with a diving header and give the challenger’s hope. In the end City were able to withstand the pressure and continued their winning run with a comfortable 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. That has made it five wins on the bounce in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s men and they will be keen to maintain their form in the leadup to their second leg tie against Real Madrid. The Spaniard will also be keen for City to maintain their focus for the full 90 minutes as it was evident that he was getting agitated at their lack of intensity at times against Sheffield Wednesday. The defence is also something of a concern and the likes of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have not inspired confidence so the roles of Rodri and Gundogan in front become even more important.

In team news Manchester United are confident that Harry Maguire will recover from an ankle injury sustained in training. Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also remain doubts with Eric Bailly or Victor Lindelof likely to be moved to right back. Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic are both likely to return to the starting lineups having started on the bench against Derby County.

Manchester City will be sweating on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne who is a doubt with a back injury. Leroy Sane is making progress in his bid to feature this season but this game has come too soon for the German.

Punter's Pick

Manchester City have had the better of this fixture in recent times but United have proven to be their bogey team, often running the Champions close and winning more regularly than others. The Red Devils shocked their rivals by winning 2-1 at the Etihad earlier in the season courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and they will be looking to repeat the trick this time around. We do however feel that City are the stronger team and the odds of 8/13 for them to get all three points is too good to miss. Over 4.5 cards is also priced at 8/13 and this could be added to increase the overall value as both teams are ultra competitive on derby day with plenty of rash challenges flying in.

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