It is always thrilling when a good Manchester Derby takes place, and for the first time this season, we’ll get our United vs. City fix on Sunday of Gameweek 12 in the English Premier League. The entire city of Manchester will be split into reds vs. blues, and despite Man United’s slow start to their current campaign, a positive result against the red-hot Blues of Man City can turn their fortunes around.
It is believed that Manchester United will enter this game riding a bit of momentum, given the fact that they’ve been better in league play of late. The drama surrounding Jose Mourinho has seemed to settle down, and he’s finally stopped constantly tinkering with their starting eleven. They aren’t as good as they had hoped for, but this remains a club that can still realistically push for a top-4 finish. They’ll be gunning for yet another solid result as they take to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile for the Citizens, despite battling some key injuries they sit again at the top of the table through eleven fixtures. Though this season it does seem like they do have some worthy adversaries by way of Liverpool, Chelsea, and perhaps even Arsenal. City knows they can ill afford to drop many points at home if they do want to secure yet another Premier League title.
These matchups are always special, so keep reading on below as we take you through the 177th edition of the famous Manchester Derby. Read on below the odds for thoughts, analysis, and a betting prediction for what promises to be a stellar match on Sunday.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United Betting Odds:
Manchester City (-278)
Manchester United (+620)
Man City -1.5 (-103)
Man United +1.5 (-117)
Over 3 (-120)
Under 3 (+100)
Manchester City vs. Manchester United Pick:
Despite the fact that nine points separate these two teams, it’s always wise to throw that out the window when considering the outcome of the hotly-contested Manchester Derby. It truly is quite the spectacle when these teams meet, and Sunday will be no different.
Though the betting odds indicate this match being a complete blowout in favour of City – United have come on of late and do have the pieces back in the fold to keep things in check. It also doesn’t help that Man City is likely to again be battling the injury bug to some of their key talent. Kevin de Bruyne remains out for weeks, as does Ilkay Gundogan, the key ball-winner in the midfield.
For United, they are getting healthy and in-form at the right moment. It is expected that big Belgian target man Romelu Lukaku will re-enter the fold up top for the Reds. Him paired with Anthony Martial gives United two dominant strikers that can and should test any back-line. Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba are both fresh and ready to go, and both could feature in the midfield – as could the relentless Ander Herrera who should be a nuisance to the creativity within City’s midfield. Look for Herrera to really pressure David Silva, preventing him the time and space he needs to operate to the strikers in blue.
I expect a thrilling encounter, and the manner in which both attacks are playing right now should result in a few goals for both sides. Though both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are tactical masterminds, and will coach to prevent a wild encounter filled with goals and chances, the talent on display from these rosters is enormous.
Man United secured a glorious result mid-week in Turin vs. Juventus, and should be able to keep the positive vibes rolling. They’re a different team over the past couple of weeks, and though facing City at the Etihad remains one of the toughest things to do, it’s tough to entirely rule out a result for United in this contest. They have great pieces in their midfield and should be able to win the game in that area. If they can defend the counter solidly and not get caught too far forward, I expect a draw in this match-up is attainable. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof are solid pieces and with the right support, are capable of turning in a stifling performance. For those reasons, look to Manchester United on the spread option at a juicy +1.5 (-117). United are too talented to just roll over here, and should be able to keep things tight at the Etihad on Sunday.
PICK = Manchester United +1.5 (-117)