The longstanding rivalry between the two giants of Manchester football continues this weekend and, with both teams guaranteed to win no silverware this season, but almost guaranteed Champions League Football next season, bragging rights for finishing higher than their rivals in the Premier League is all the two teams have to play for.
United have struck form with a vengeance in the Premier League recently having won their last 5 games, beating Villa 3-1, Liverpool 2-1, Spurs 3-0, Sunderland 2-0 and Newcastle 1-0, though they did lose 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup during that run.
In the same period, City have not only blown any chance they had of retaining their Premiership title but have also slipped below Arsenal and neighbours United in the Premier League Table. Their last 5 Premier League games have seen them lose to Crystal Palace 2-1, Burnley 1-0 and Liverpool 2-1, whilst they’ve also managed to beat Leicester 2-0 and WBA 3-0. They’ve also lost twice to Barcelona in that period making it 5 defeats in 7 games.
Despite their downturn in fortunes, City will be drawing on the last three renewals of this fixture which they’ve won 3-0, 3-2 and 6-1, whilst they’ve won 5 of their last 6 games against their big rivals.
The best prices are 17/10 United, draw 13/5 and City 15/8, and the inclination is for United to continue their current form by winning this.
The last three renewals have all produced 3 or more goals, whilst United’s last three games and three of City’s last five games have also produced at least three goals – making the 5/6 for there to be more than 2.5 goals look decent value.
More than 2.5 goals @ 5/6 (Skybet)
Although United haven’t scored in the last two head-to-heads they’re a much better team now – and it’s hard to see them not scoring. City might fail to score on current form though and United can win this 3-0 or 3-1.
United 3-0 @ 33/1 (Coral)
United 3-1 @ 22/1 (Coral)