101 Great Goals prediction: Manchester United 2 – Manchester City 2
The two finest sides in English football go head to head in a Manchester derby at Old Trafford. This promises to be a belting game.
A similar game to Manchester United’s at Arsenal is expected. Even though both sides have strong defences, there is too much attacking quality on show for it to be goalless.
Manchester United vs Manchester City football betting tips
The bookies have Manchester City as favourites to win at Old Trafford.
According to Bet365, City are rated at 23/20. Manchester United are 11/5 for the win.
Draw at half-time and Manchester United to win, looks an attractive bet at 7/1.
Anthony Martial at 13/2 to score first also looks like a good football bet for this Manchester derby.
Manchester United vs Manchester City match preview
It is no exaggeration to say that Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Manchester City is the game of the Premier League season so far.
The Manchester derby is always a huge event and this was turned up a notch with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho arriving at Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.
Last season however, Manchester United and Manchester City left the Premier League title race to Chelsea and Tottenham. The 2017/2018 campaign is very different.
Can Manchester United cut back the 8-point gap?
Local bragging rights are of course very important, but even though we are in December, it is the Premier League title race that really comes into focus due to this fixture.
Manchester City are running away with the Premier League, playing some of the finest football seen in England for some time.
An eight point gap going into this Manchester derby, means there is a huge amount of pressure on Manchester United.
Can Manchester City make it 14 in a row?
Manchester City have won their last 13 Premier League games – a win at Manchester United would set a new English top flight record of consecutive victories.
You imagine though that City would be content with a point at the final whistle, since they would preserve a huge lead over Manchester United.
With Chelsea three points behind Manchester United, it feels like Jose Mourinho’s side will have to beat Manchester City to breathe new life into the Premier League title race.
Manchester United versus Manchester City: The tactical battle
During their time coaching Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, El Clasico matches between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola took on a life of their own.
It seems very likely that this match will follow along similar lines. Pep Guardiola’s side will dominate possession.
Jose Mourinho’s team will look to break on the counter. As a result, the loss of Paul Pogba due to suspension is a huge blow for Manchester United.
Mourinho’s Manchester United v Pep’s Manchester City: The story so far
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United played Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City three times last season.
In September 2016, Manchester City won at Old Trafford 2-1, thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho. Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back for United.
Mourinho bagged a League Cup win over City in October, Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game.
In April of 2017, Manchester City were held to a goalless draw at home by Manchester United.
We expect fireworks on Sunday, simply because both sides are so much better and well oiled compared to 2016/2017.
Manchester United team news vs Manchester City
Paul Pogba is suspended after his red card at Arsenal last week. Pogba also misses games against Bournemouth (h) and West Brom (a).
Michael Carrick is expected to miss out through injury again.
Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Marouane Fellaini are all major doubts. Despite carrying a knock, Nemanja Matic will play.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also missed the past couple of games but could return for this one.
Manchester City team news vs Manchester United
Benjamin Mendy is a long term injury absentee.
David Silva missed the defeat at Shakhtar but is expected to return to his midfield role at Old Trafford.
Predicting Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City line-up is never easy. Surprisingly, Ederson, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus all started at Shakhtar, and Sergio Aguero came on.
Manchester United predicted line-up vs Manchester City
Manchester City predicted line-up vs Manchester United
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing (Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:00 UK) and are subject to change.