It’s Manchester City vs Manchester United this weekend, a game that brings to life the city of Manchester.
The Derby takes place on Sunday and it is one of the biggest fixtures of the season, with two fierce rivals going head to head. You can often throw the form book out of the window in derby games, and that is something that Manchester United will be hoping happens this weekend, as City are in great form right now and look to be playing a lot better than United.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Match Preview
Manchester City remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, with nine wins and two draws from their 11 games. That is enough to give them a two-point lead at the top of the table, with Chelsea and Liverpool trying to chase them down. City comfortably won the league last season, and while they have started very well again, there is the feeling they won’t have it all their own way this year and someone will challenge them. The main danger appears to be Liverpool, who are seemingly emerging as the second-best team in the league ahead of the rest of the pack.
After a poor start to the season the pressure was on Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and his players, but slowly they are turning things around. They come here on the back of a four-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, winning three of those games and that has taken them to 7th in the table. That is, of course, a lot lower than where they want to be, although regardless of how they play this season, I don’t think they have anywhere near enough to get up and finish second like they did last season. The top four could be a bit of a struggle, but United are just four points behind Tottenham, who occupy the last of those spots.
How to Watch the Manchester Derby on TV
As you would expect, this game is going to have a lot of interest from fans, both those who support the two teams and those who want to watch the game as a neutral. Sky Sports have the rights to show the game, and it will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event as part of their triple header for Super Sunday this weekend.
The Manchester Derby kicks off at the slightly later than normal time of 4:30 pm, but programming starts much earlier, with Liverpool vs Fulham and Chelsea vs Everton showed before this big game to get fans in the mood for football.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Recent Form
Juventus 1-2 Manchester United
While their overall performances were not too much to write home about, Manchester United pulled off a shock in Italy this week, coming from behind to beat Juventus 2-1. Going into the last five minutes of the game United were 1-0 down, but a beautiful free kick from Juan Mata and an own goal turned the game on its head.
To go from looking like losing an important game, and potentially facing European exit to winning the game and looking in a good position in Europe is a massive momentum changer. United will be looking to call upon that when they return to the familiar surroundings of Manchester this weekend.
Manchester City 6-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
While Manchester United were pulling off a shock in Italy, Manchester City were at home enforcing the fact that they are without a doubt one of the best teams in Europe. While Shakhtar may not be the most formidable of opponents, City can only beat was is put in front of them, and they did that with ease.
After losing their opening Champions League game to Lyon, City have been fantastic in the competition. They are determined to put up a big challenge this season, and with the squad they have they are certainly capable of going far, and they are deep enough to be able to challenge for both the Champions League and Premier League trophies.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Head to Head
175 Manchester derbies have taken place over the years, and Manchester United currently hold the advantage when it comes to the overall head to head record. They have won 72 of those games, with Manchester City winning 51 and 52 ending in a draw.
What Happened Last Season?
Apr 2018 – City 2-3 United
Dec 2017 – United 1-2 City
As you can see from the scores above, it was the away team that sent their fans home happy on both occasions last season. Firstly, City went to Old Trafford and won, while United returned the favour towards the end of last season. With five goals in their most recent meeting, and three in the other one, these games have been great to watch, both for fans and neutrals and I expect to see something similar this weekend.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting Predictions
While you can usually throw the form book out of the window for derby games, there is no doubt that we have seen much more from Manchester City so far this season. They are yet to lose and although United look as though they are slowly heading towards where they should be, they still look well off the pace set by City at the top of the table. Both teams come here on the back of good wins in Europe, and United especially should feel great after turning the game on its head in Italy.
However, despite that, I do think this looks as though it is a step too far for them, City have been fantastic this season and they will want to put down a marker to the rest of the league by beating United convincingly.
We have seen some strange things happen over the past few meetings, but this looks to be a good opportunity for Manchester City to record a win over their rivals United on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting Odds
Manchester City are long odds-on favourites with the bookmakers, priced up at 2/5 with most firms. With that, United are priced up as long outsiders, with 15/2 available on them to win the game, repeating what they did last season by winning at The Etihad. The draw is available to back at 4/1 on Sunday.
The City strike duo of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus lead the first goalscorer market, with Aguero just edging favouritism at 3/1, and Jesus, who scored a hat trick against Shakhtar, available at 10/3. Romelu Lukaku is the first United player listed in the betting, but he is much bigger than the City front men, he is priced at 9/1 to get the first goal.
The favourites in the correct score market are 2-0 to Manchester City and 2-1 to Manchester City, both priced up at 15/2. There are some big prices on offer for Manchester United victories on the correct score market, with the shortest available being 2-1 United, which is a massive 22/1. If you think an entertaining score draw is a possibility, 2-2 is priced up at 16/1.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting Offers
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Betfred – Double Delight / Hat Trick Heaven on First Goal Scorers
Anyone placing a bet on a player to score first in this game should check out this offer from Betfred. If you back a winner and they go on to score the second goal in the game, you will be paid out at double the odds. Should they score a third and bag a hat trick, you will be paid out at treble the odds. The more goals your players scores, the bigger your winnings on the big game this Sunday.
Boylesports – Double Winnings if a Penalty Scored
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