Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews
April 05, 2018
Etihad Stadium - Premier League
The Manchester derby has an added spice this weekend, as Manchester City can seal the Premier League title with a win over their rivals Manchester United.
City won 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season, with Nicolas Otamendi's second half goal securing all three points for Pep Guardiola's side.
United's last Premier League win over their big rivals was in October 2016, with Marcus Rashford scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola is likely to wait until closer to kick off to make a decision on the fitness of striker Sergio Aguero, who missed their Champions League defeat to Liverpool with a knee injury.
Other than Aguero, City have no fresh injury problems, with Bernard Mendy still a long term absentee, but Guardiola could opt to rest some of his stars for their second leg match against Liverpool next week.
Defensive duo Phil Jones and Daley Blind are both back in training for United, but Jose Mourinho is unlikely to start either of them in this game.
Manchester City v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
City will be keen to clinch the title against their arch rivals, and Guardiola's first league title in England, but the Liverpool defeat has changed the dynamics of this tie.
The former Barcelona boss will now alter his line up, as he knows that his players will need to give everything to beat Liverpool next week, whilst the title can be wrapped up at a later date.
He will not alter things massively, but the likes of Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Fernandinho may not be in a position for three games in seven days.
This will play into Mourinho's hands, who is in a position to name a full strength side, and frustrate City's title quest - for at least another week.
Given the surrounding factors, a draw priced at 13/5 looks to be the best option here.
Despite the strong attacking talent available to both managers, do not expect this to be a goal fest, as just two their last five Premier League goals have had a total of over two goals.
With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals bet is available at around Evens.
A 1-1 draw at 13/2
Under different circumstances a City win would be the option here, but Guardiola will be stung by the Liverpool result and he will need to cut his cloth accordingly and with the title essentially secured his focus could be swayed slightly for this game.
Marcus Rashford to score first at 17/2
Rashford has scored twice in his last six appearances in the Manchester derby, more than any other player in that run of meetings and he is in form. He has twelve goals across all competitions this season, and his double against Liverpool last month proves he is coming into form ahead of the season run in.