Kick-off: 1630, 08/03/2020
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United have already caused their city neighbours some problems this season and will hope to complete the Premier League double in Sunday’s derby.
United were 2-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium in the league and also won there in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final.
It was not enough to prevent City going through and eventually lifting the trophy once again with a 2-1 win against Aston Villa last weekend which gave us a clean sweep of three winning tips, including the correct score at 9/1 .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have looked solid in defence recently and a cagey game is expected so under 2.5 goals at 6/5 is our opening Man Utd v Man City prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Things were never going to be easy for Solskjaer in his first full season as United manager but the team’s performances against the Premier League’s big guns bode well for the future.
United have only suffered one defeat in matches against teams who began the weekend in the top eight and that was a 2-0 loss at runaway leaders Liverpool.
They have been unbeaten in such fixtures at Old Trafford and it is their results against teams in the bottom half that have prevented them keeping pace with City and Leicester.
The Red Devils go into the game 15 points behind City so it is understandable that they are big underdogs but the way they have performed against their neighbours this season leads us to swerve the result market.
Instead we’ll look to profit from our expectations of a close game and only two teams have kept more clean sheets at home than United this season, while Liverpool are the only team to keep more clean sheets on the road than City.
Backing both teams to score has only paid out in one of United’s last nine league matches so we’ll add ‘No’ in this market at evens to our Man Utd vs Man City betting tips.
Last Man Utd EPL line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Fernandes, Matic, McTominay, Martial, Greenwood.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City finally return to Premier League action after three successive cup games in three different competitions.
It is in the league where they have less to play for given that they have almost no hope of catching Liverpool and a top-four finish is almost guaranteed, although they are currently banned from next season’s Champions League anyway.
City were 3-1 winners at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup when they took charge of the semi-final with three goals in the first half of the first leg.
Both teams will be keen to get the first goal and that could make for an entertaining first 45 minutes.
City have scored the first goal in seven of their last eight away games in the Premier League while United have won the first half in five of their six matches against the top four.
The first half has had the most goals in all three Manchester derbies this season and we’ll take that run to continue at 39/20 in the Man Utd vs Man City odds.
Last Man City EPL line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, B Silva, Fernandinho, Aguero, Mahrez.
Last Premier League result:
Everton 1-1 MAN UTD – Bruno Fernandes
Leicester 0-1 MAN CITY – Gabriel Jesus
Head-to-head: Man City 0-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-3 Man City, Man City 1-2 Man Utd, Man Utd 0-2 Man City, Man City 3-1 Man Utd, Man City 2-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-2 Man City
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