Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Preview
Sir Alex Ferguson once remarked that Manchester United would never go into the derby match with Manchester City as the underdogs. That, however, is very much the case for Wednesday night’s match where City are available at a general price of 4/9 with the bookmakers with the home side as big as 13/2 with bet365.
The disparity in price between the two Manchester clubs for the derby reflects the vast difference in the quality between their recent performances. Whilst City bounced back from their Champions League exit by beating Tottenham 1-0 on Saturday afternoon, United were absolutely trounced 4-0 by Everton on Sunday.
The question that punters have is whether Man City’s imperious league form will continue with an 11th straight league win or if the intensity of a derby under the lights will bring out the best of Man Utd.
Man City to Strengthen Title Hopes
This is Man City’s game in hand over Liverpool and so could prove to be pivotal in the title race. The Citizens have thus far been able to cope with the pressure applied by Liverpool’s impressive form and Pep Guardiola will be expecting nothing but their very best at Old Trafford.
Wednesday night could also prove to be pivotal in Man Utd’s season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tasked with taking the club back into the Champions League via a top four finish and although their recent form has made that task much more difficult, it is not yet impossible.
The importance of the match to Man Utd has worried many City fans. They just know that United will be a very different proposition compared to the team who lost so meekly at Goodison Park but deep down fans of either side know that the Citizens are a far superior team.
The one benefit of being knocked out of the Champions League is that Pep Guardiola can focus only on the Premier League until the end of the season. That means he can play the strongest team available to him on Wednesday night.
You can expect Man City to look to dominate possession and frustrate the Man Utd players and fans alike. That’s an approach which we think will secure the three points for the Citizens but rather than simply backing the away team at odds on, consider the betting odds of 15/8 that BetVictor are quoting on Man City winning to nil.
Silva’s Smart Runs to Cause United Havoc
The big team news from a Manchester City perspective is that Kevin De Bruyne could miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury he picked up against Spurs on Saturday. The Belgian was just hitting top form after recovering full fitness so his absence will be keenly felt.
Pep Guardiola has an incredibly strong squad to work with though and plenty of players capable of stepping in to fill the De Bruyne shaped hole. David Silva is the most likely to pull the strings from an attacking sense.
The Spaniard has caused Man Utd all manner of different problems during his time in the Premier League and will use all of his experience to escape the attentions of the home defence at Old Trafford
Silva is always dangerous when given space in which to operate so looks a good bet to score anytime on Wednesday night at 16/5 with Paddy Power.
Man City to win to nil at 15/8 with BetVictor
David Silva to score at 16/5 with Paddy Power
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