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

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

Sorry looking United will need all the help they can get based on recent debacles such as Sunday’s humiliation at Everton, so a draw with a +1 handicap for the home team at 13/5 looks to be around the best that can be hoped for, available with Bet365. The more optimistic fan may back the Red Devils to win or draw at 13/8, again with Bet365.

The stakes could hardly be higher as the two Manchester giants go head to head in the second derby of the season, where nothing less than a win will do for both teams.

City in touching distance of title

A remarkable run of ten straight league wins has propelled City ahead in the title race, and they know victory in their last four league games will guarantee they retain their Premier League crown. With trips to Burnley and Brighton to come, sandwiched in between a home fixture against Leicester City, they will feel this is potentially their last major obstacle in overcoming a stubborn Liverpool side in the race for the title.

However the permutations are still plentiful – if Liverpool fail to win one of their last three league games, City can afford to lose this or one of their remaining fixtures. With the advantage of a superior goal difference to fall back on as well, the Citizens hold all the trump cards at present.

Wheels coming off for United?

By contrast, City’s local rivals seem to be grinding to a halt, ironically enough since the full-time appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager. Gone has the wave of optimism that swept through the club with his initial appointment and early results, and a return to the grim faces and style of football most recently seen in Jose Mourinho’s last few weeks in charge.

The statistics too are are beginning to paint a damning indictment of United in recent weeks and overall this season – six defeats in their last eight games in all competitions, 48 league goals conceded, and eleven consecutive games without a clean sheet. Against this backdrop it seems even more bizarre Solskjaer has been given the job permanently, with the wheels on United’s bid for a Champions League slowly but surely coming off, as evident on the weekend and United’s shocking 4-0 capitulation to Everton.

Team News

With the games coming thick and fast in recent weeks for City, they may look to the likes of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus to come off the bench to potentially freshen up the starting XI. Phil Foden would have likely to have made way for David Silva to return to the team after the Spaniard sat out the home win against Spurs, but with Kevin De Bruyne out with a hamstring injury, the youngster may get the chance to impress again.

For the Red Devils Luke Shaw returns after suspension, given the home team a much needed lift at left-back, a position where Ashley Young has struggled in recent games. Phil Jones hobbled out of the 4-0 defeat at Everton and is unlikely to be fit, whilst Ander Herrera is also unlikely to play any part.

City to take giant step towards title?

With their Manchester rivals at one of their lowest ebbs all season, the Citizens will be keen to take advantage and put their opponents on the backfoot early. United look disorganised, dispirited and ultimately overrun by a competent but hardly spectacular Everton side, so it will be difficult to see how they can turn things around in the space of three days. With the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all misfiring, City’s defence may get off lightly as well, something that cannot be said about United’s overworked back four. Barring a typical dramatic Derby Day inspired turnaround in form from the hosts, City should have too much class and elegance to be seriously threatened, and can cruise to record breaking seventh win at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

Punter's Pick

Sorry looking United will need all the help they can get based on recent debacles such as Sunday’s humiliation at Everton, so a draw with a +1 handicap for the home team at 13/5 looks to be around the best that can be hoped for, available with Bet365. The more optimistic fan may back the Red Devils to win or draw at 13/8, again with Bet365.

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