Manchester City v Manchester United
The English Premier League is considered to be the elite football division in Europe, although followers of Serie A and La Liga would argue against that stance. Regardless of your opinion on the top flight of English football, there’s no getting away from the fact the fact it’s a force to be reckoned with, boasting some of the top teams and best players in the world. The money spent during the transfer market increases year and year as teams battle for supremacy.
The English Premier League also has some fierce rivalries, including Liverpool v Everton, Arsenal v Tottenham and Chelsea vs West Ham. Most are local rivalries while some can be traced back to arguments or feuds that took place years in the past. The star attraction when it comes to local rivalries, however, can be none other than the Manchester Derby that pairs Man City and Man Utd.
The fortunes of both teams have changed somewhat in recent times, but we’ve lost nothing in terms of excitement and drama in this fixture. It’s a game that’s followed by sports fans all over the world, watching the latest battle through live stream football channels. The teams in red and blue go all out for victory whenever they play each other and the will to win is the same regardless of the competition. It could be the early rounds of the English League Cup or the latter stages of the Champions League. No ground is given, no favours asked and that’s just as well. Supporters pack the venue to the roof and demand nothing less than 100 per cent from their heroes.
Man City Aiming for a Treble
Manchester City has made giant strides in recent years and went into the 2019/20 Premier League season aiming to complete the hat-trick. The Cityzens won the league title in each of the previous two campaigns and was odds-on favourites at the start of the year to do the treble. Bookmakers were fully convinced Pep Guardiola and his crew were good enough to make history although the Premier League trends were dead against teams going on a three in a row run of championships.
Across the city and Manchester United wasn’t half as happy as their rivals. The Red Devils have struggled for success since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and have gone through a number of managers. Men like Jose Mourinho and David Moyes promised a lot but failed to deliver the goods. The boardroom turned to former player and fans favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and handed him a transfer budget the envy of most teams in world football. He chose to splash the cash on youth and ambition, hoping to follow the Sir Alex blueprint, but he found things incredibly difficult during the opening weeks of the season. Man Utd’s early form was so poor, in fact, many in the media, the stands and even the boardroom thought it was time to cut their losses and run, sacking Ole.
Those same people would do well to remember Alex Ferguson also struggled during the early exchanges of his time as manager of Man Utd and, in modern football, would have probably been sacked before he really got started. That would have robbed the club of many trophies and football as a whole of one of the greatest managers that ever lived. Ferguson held onto his job as those in the know realised he was doing great work behind the scenes with youth.
When is the Manchester Derby?
The first Manchester Derby of the season takes place on 7 December at the Etihad Stadium as Man City aim to claim the three points needed to claw back the gap opened up at the top of the league by Liverpool. Man Utd was the first club in the division to take points off Liverpool, fighting out a 1-1 draw in October and putting a halt to the reds’ 100 per cent start. Could they get something at the home of their bitter rivals? It would certainly do wonders for team morale and the chances of Solskjaer holding onto his job into the new year and beyond.
The Manchester Derby kick-off will be 5.30pm and you can follow that match live on TV. Who will come out on top in that match and draw first blood? We can get an idea of what to expect by looking back at the trends as well as the head-to-head scores. The overall Manchester Derby score read 62 wins for Man Utd against the 47 of Manchester City and 51 draws. Those Manchester Derby scores have been taken from all competitions, Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and other cup competitions. Who will add one to their win tally following the next Manchester Derby result?
Man City Won 2-0 Last Time
The rivals last faced off on 24 April 2019 in Premier League action at Old Trafford and the score that day was a 2-0 away win for Manchester City. Bernardo Silva broke the deadlock early in the second half to put his side in a commanding position and by the time Leroy Sane made is two with 66 minutes on the clock the game was dead and buried with United unable to salvage a point. Will they break off a slice of revenge in December? The Manchester Derby odds and betting suggests it’s highly unlikely with bookies set up against the visitors. The derby betting odds in full will be released closer to kick-off, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to seize on the early derby betting value.
The most recent derby match to take place at the Etihad Stadium was played on 11 November 2018 when the home side strolled to all three points thanks to an impressive 3-1 result. Anthony Martial scored from the penalty spot for Man Utd that day but it wasn’t enough to stop his men falling to another derby defeat. Man City banked a maximum payout thanks to goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan, the latter hitting home on 86 minutes to ensure fans could breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of the match.
What to Expect in the Betting
When the Manchester Derby betting odds are released in the run-up to December’s match you can expect a few treats. Man City will likely be strong favourites, due to the fact they are playing at home and their recent form, compared to the poor results of Man Utd. You can back the jolly, take a chance on United upsetting the odds or get your cash down on the 53rd draw between the warring neighbours in history.
There will also be a healthy presence of specials available. These will include first goal scorer, half time/full time, total goals, man of the match, both teams to score, handicap, Asian handicap, a penalty to be awarded and plenty more besides. There will be over 100 markets offered on this match and many will remain live right up until the final whistle thanks to in-play betting.