The Manchester derby takes place this weekend as Man United make the short trip to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. Weeks ago, this match could have been a potential title decider. However, Man City’s incredible run of 15 Premier League wins in a row has moved them 14 points clear at the top of the table. Pep Guardiola’s side are the team to beat in the Premier League and United may be able to make a late dash for the title themselves if they beat City this weekend. There’s plenty at stake in this standout fixture and below are some of our top betting tips for the Manchester derby.
City have now won 21 consecutive games in all competitions after beating Wolves 4-1 this week. Pep Guardiola’s side haven’t lost in 19 straight league games and dropped just four points in this time. City are equally impressive at home and have won 16 out of 19 games in all competitions this season. They have also conceded just five goals in their last 17 at home.
United have recorded three successive 0-0 results. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side were held to a bore draw against Crystal Palace in mid-week and they have drawn five of their last seven in the Premier League. Solskjær’s side have also drawn four consecutive away matches and scored just four goals in their last seven on the road.
Nathan Ake is doubtful with a hamstring injury for City this weekend but Guardiola otherwise has a fully fit squad to select from.
Donny van de Beek could return for United this weekend. However, Paul Pogba (thigh), Juan Mata (knock), David De Gea (personal reasons), Anthony Martial (knee), and Phil Jones (knee) are all unavailable.
Due to their exceptional home form of nine straight wins in the Premier League, Man City are big favourites to secure a win over Man United. SBK are currently providing the best value bet for a City win, however, with odds of 4/7, the returns will be low.
A United win seems very unlikely heading into this fixture, as a result of their unconvincing form recently. Therefore, for those backing a win for the Red Devils this weekend, the best value bet for is 6/1 offered by William Hill.
Given United’s unbeaten record away from home, and their trend of securing low scoring draws of late, our tip this week is to go for a draw in the Manchester derby. To get the best value for a stalemate between City and United, Bet 365 are offering odds of 10/3.
In recent years, fixtures between City and United have been tense affairs with few goals scored. During the last seven Manchester derbies, under 2.5 goals have been scored in five matches and five of the last six have ended in scores to nil.
A good value bet for this fixture is to back a 0-0 draw between the two sides. Two of the last five meetings between the two have ended without a goal. Choosing a scoreless game between City and United will provide plenty of value with Sky Bet providing the best odds at 14/1.
However, if you want to back City to continue their impressive winning streak, then a more likely result is 1-0 or 2-0. City have won 12 of their 19 home games in all competitions this season by results to nil. So, our correct score tip this week is to go for a City win by either of these score lines and Bet365 is offering odds of 15/2 for a 1-0 or 2-0 City victory.
Plenty of goal scorers will be on the pitch in this fixture. United’s talisman Bruno Fernandes is the second top-scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals and he is tipped at 63/20 to score at any time during the match by Sporting Index. City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan is also having a good season and is the club’s top scorer with 11 Premier League goals this season.For the Turkish international to find the net again this weekend, Paddy Power are providing odds of 13/8.
But, our tip for this weekend’s Manchester derby is to go for City striker Gabriel Jesus to score anytime. Jesus is in excellent form and has scored three in his last two starts for City. The Brazilian striker has also found the net six times in his last ten games and Unibet are providing odds of 7/4 for him to score anytime in this match.
Will the Manchester derby deliver this weekend? Can United cause an upset at the Etihad to put pressure on City in the run in? This could be their final chance so expect drama and tension in this fixture. As always, we hope you enjoy the game and any bets you decide to choose. We always try to provide good value in our tips but they are never certain winners, always ensure you are gambling responsibly. For more detail on bookmaker’s free bets that are currently available, please check out our homepage of Online Bookies for up-to-date, great value betting offers.