Manchester United v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 07, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Old Trafford - Premier League

The Premier League’s top two teams face off this weekend, as Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday. It doesn’t get much bigger than this game right now, as a win for the visitors would virtually signal the end of the title race before we’ve even reached Christmas.

Past Meetings

Manchester United have had the better of the derby over the last couple of years, only losing one of their last six against City. The Blues were victorious in this fixture last season though, winning 2-1 after a magnificent first half performance. The return at the Etihad was much less entertaining, finishing 0-0.

Team News

Paul Pogba is going to be a huge miss for United as the in-form midfielder starts his three match ban. Jose Mourinho has said that Nemanja Matic will play despite carrying an injury, and that Phil Jones has a chance while Eric Bailly has no chance. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini are both rated as 50/50, and are most likely to feature on the bench.

David Silva is a doubt for the visitors, despite Mourinho questioning how legitimate his niggle is. Aside from John Stones and long term absentee Benjamin Mendy, Pep Guardiola has a relatively clean bill of health. His dilemma is whether to start Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus together, or name one of his talented forwards as a substitute.

Manchester United v Manchester City Preview and Predictions

This season, it feels like any team that finishes above Manchester City will win the title. If Manchester United want to have any hope of winning their first Premier League crown since 2013, then this is surely a must-win game. Victory for City would open up an 11 point gap over the Reds.

United had a decent workout on Tuesday in their final Champions League group game, playing some good football before staging a comeback in the second half after going a goal down. The Old Trafford faithful will not accept a negative performance from their team on Sunday, although few would expect Mourinho to go toe to toe with City in an open game.

The Blues meanwhile lost their first game since April on Wednesday, going down 2-1 against Shakhtar Donetsk. They’d already qualified as group winners though, and were able to hand a rest to a number of key players. Guardiola will set his team up to attack as always, although it’ll be interesting to see if he matches up United’s formation after going with three at the back in midweek.

It’s a very rare thing for United to start a game as underdogs at Old Trafford, especially considering their home form. The Reds can set a new club record by going 41 games unbeaten at home in this one. The hosts are priced at 5/2 in the betting though, while City are available at 6/5 and the draw’s 13/5.

Recommended Bets

Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 11/2

Take advantage of the long odds available on the Reds with this bet, as City’s in-form attack still manage to score. The Blues are priced at 13/4 for the same bet.

Aguero to score and City to win at 2/1

The Argentinian forward only played 20 minutes of City’s defeat in the Ukraine, but still got on the scoresheet and will be a huge threat on Sunday.

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