Man City v Man Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 11/11/18
Patrick Gillen (@PatrickGillen94) previews Manchester City v Manchester United and provides us with his best bets for Sunday afternoon’s crucial Premier League clash at The Etihad, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 11/11/18
- Time: 16:30
- Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
Manchester City play host to arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday in the city’s first derby of the season.
The fixture is an instant reminder of last season’s clash at the Etihad Stadium in May, where City were incredibly denied the chance to lift the Premier League in the presence of their neighbours, despite being 2-0 up at half time.
While the red half of Manchester won the battle that day, it was the sky blues who won the war, with City going on to win the Premier League in spite of the defeat, amassing an incredible 100 points in the process.
Man City’s dominance, not just in the city, but in the country, continues to frustrate United, who find themselves already nine points behind their rivals with only 11 games played so far – so Sunday represents a huge opportunity to claw back some ground.
Jose Mourinho’s side go into this one encouraged by their incredible comeback victory against Juventus on Wednesday night, as a late Juan Mata free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal stunned supporters in the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
Mourinho couldn’t help but controversially express his delight at the final whistle, and if his side can repeat their heroics against the Champions on Sunday, then all eyes will be on the Portuguese manager come full time.
Man City have every reason to be confident themselves, having won nine out of the 11league fixtures this season; scoring 33 goals and conceding just four in the process.
Guardiola has arguably made his team even better than last season, with left back Benjamin Mendy fully fit and steaming down the left hand side, and the Algerian wizard Riyad Mahrez adding a new dangerous dimension to their attack.
City look simply unstoppable at the moment and after demolishing Shakthar Donetsk 6-0 on Wednesday, they have now scored 23 goals in their last six matches, conceding just one.
The signs look slightly ominous for the Red Devils, but as United proved last season and in Turin on Wednesday night, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
Kevin De Bruyne is will be City’s only notable absentee, having suffered another knee injury during the league cup victory against Fulham.
For the visitors, it is still unsure whether Romelu Lukaku, who is back in training, will be fit enough to start on Sunday after missing his side’s last two matches.
Similarly, Antonio Valencia has been training again and is in contention, as is Marouane Fellaini, who proved to be an influential substitute in Turin.
Alexis Sanchez, who has led the line well in the last two matches, could be a doubt after limping off with a thigh problem in midweek.
Man City Potential Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero.
Man United Potential Starting XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Rashford.
Stats & Facts
- Manchester United can win consecutive league games at the Eithad for just the second time. The only previous occasion came in the 08/09 and 09/10 seasons.
- City have won just two out of their last eight meetings with United (D2, L4).
- United are unbeaten in their last three visits to the Etihad, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
- United have kept only one clean sheet this season, though, conceding 18 goals in 11 matches
- Pep Guardiola has won nine, drawn seven and lost five of his managerial meetings with Jose Mourinho.
- Sunday’s match will be Mourinho’s 300th game in the Premier League (W189, D67, L43).
Head To Head
Man City – 51 – D 53 – Man United – 73
Man City 4/11 – D 4/1 – Man United 7/1 (PaddyPower)
Wednesday’s triumph for Manchester United has put a slightly different complexion on this fixture, with a tight match probably in store.
City may have to be patient to break down the opposition, while United will target set pieces as their best chance of causing Guardiola’s side problems.
In spite of Wednesday, it still looks like the champions should have enough quality, including off the bench, to claim the three points and the added bonus of bragging rights.