A huge clash in Saturday’s EPL slate will see one of soccer’s greatest rivalries unfold as Manchester United will host their cross-town rivals of Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Though United embarrassingly bowed out of the Champions League mid-week, they’ve done well of late in domestic competition. Man City meanwhile enters in surprising form, yet to really gain traction in the league. They’re clearly a better squad than they’ve shown thus far, and perhaps Saturday’s clash will bring out their best.
The Citizens enter having won convincingly mid-week in the Champions League and with a run in better health and form, many believe this is the match that can jumpstart their season. For further information, team news, tactical analysis, and a betting prediction – continue reading on beneath the posted odds. This should be a thrilling encounter!
Manchester United vs. Manchester City Betting Odds:
Manchester United (+380)
Manchester City (-140)
Over 2.5 (-150)
Under 2.5 (+130)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Manchester United vs. Manchester City Pick:
Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enters this crucial fixture without any new injury concerns, it will be interesting to see if his first-team choices can shake off the mid-week disappointment to get themselves up for a huge clash vs. City. They didn’t look good against RB Leipzig, and a similar showing in quality should really tilt this clash towards Man City.
Expect United to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation, allowing for maximum flexibility against the speed and creativity of the City counter. The key for United will surely be their play without the ball as their back-four remain susceptible to pacy forwards. Also, their holding midfielders of Fred and Scott McTominay will need to offer a ton of support and ball-winning ability if the Red Devils want to stay afloat. It’s going to be a tall task.
For City, excellent squad depth and solid rotation will have Pep Guardiola’s side well-rested and prepared for this pivotal encounter. Their defense has been much better of late with John Stones and Ruben Dias forming a strong pairing in the middle of the field, while Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, and Phil Foden should be able to control the pitch against United come Saturday. That trio boasts elite skill and creativity, and their passing should open things up against a leaky United back-line.
Up front is where City have a decisive mismatch, as the speed and overlapping runs of Raheem Sterling should really trouble Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire. Riyad Mahrez is as creative as they come on the right flank, and should be able to take full advantage of United’s uncertainty at the back.
This should be a cracking match, one where both teams find the back of the net in a wide-open, but equally tense affair. Ultimately the skill of City is just too much of a gap to overcome, and should result in them finding a decisive goal from a game-breaking moment. 2-1 to the blue side seems fitting for the latest installment of the Manchester Derby. Enjoy!