Man Utd v Man City Betting Preview | 10th December
In our Manchester United v Manchester City betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head to head, popular bets and more for one of the biggest games of the season to date.
Man Utd v Man City Betting Preview
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)
Channel: Sky Sports One
It’s derby day in Manchester on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola takes his City side across town to Old Trafford, where they face neighbours United with an unbeaten Premier League record in tact so far this season.
Beginning with the hosts however, and United will know better than anyone that the eight point gap that separates them and their local rivals is as bridgeable as any. Their electrifying start to this Premier League season faltered somewhat after an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Anfield, closely followed with defeats away to Huddersfield and Chelsea. However, United have regrouped well, winning their last four in all competitions. Two of them victories came away to Watford and last weekend, Arsenal. Their counter attacking style of play at the Emirates saw them take a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes, though Arsenal did lose the ball in key areas of the pitch leading up to those two goals. The way United worked the ball into a shooting opportunity was admirable though, punishing the Gunners for their lackadaisical start to such a big game. The performance of David De Gea last weekend was also a major positive for United fans, the Spaniard no doubt leaving his supporters brimming with confidence going into the derby, though the red card obtained by key playmaker Paul Pogba has certainly marred the victory somewhat. The French midfielder misses this huge clash through suspension following the slightly controversial dismissal he received against Arsenal, leaving Mourinho with a headache surrounding his attacking approach going into this weekend. Will we see the reinstatement of Marouane Fellaini to the starting eleven? His height could cause City problems from set pieces. Or will Mourinho answer his critics about parking the bus in big games? Will we see Martial, Rashford and Lukaku all start to give City something to really worry about? It really is an intriguing coming together of two of the greatest managers to grace the planet.
Mourinho’s opposite number, the undeniably classy, football fanatic that is Josep Guardiola will be more than aware of Jose’s ingenious ways to prevent a side from playing football. The 0-0 draw between the sides at the Etihad last season was evidence enough that United can find a way to suppress this City side if necessary. There’s a different feel at the Etihad this season though, with City already surpassing the 50 goal mark in all competitions. Despite blowing many teams away with ease in their opening six or seven games, things have become a little more tricky in recent weeks. Three successive 2-1 victories have seen them collect maximum points at home to West Ham and Southampton, as well away to Huddersfield. They’ve also addressed last season’s issue of picking up victories against the so called ‘top 6’, already securing nine points against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this time around. Their unbeaten run in all competitions was halted in midweek by Shahktar Donetsk in the Champions League. Guardiola rested eight players in total with City having already booked their place in the last 16 as group winners. Pep believes that the defeat could benefit his players psychologically going into the derby, with the thought of being unbeaten now history, he says his side can play with no pressure at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It’s expected that City will have the lion share of possession when these two Premier League heavyweights clash this weekend. Can Manchester City break down the United bus and take all three points back to the Etihad? Or will United’s counter attacking prowess prove too hot to handle for a Manchester City defence that’s clearly missed John Stones in recent weeks?
Paul Pogba is suspended for United. Eric Bailly remains sidelined. Matic and Jones set to start.
Benjamin Mendy remains absent for City, as does John Stones. David Silva set to return.
Man United Potential Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Matic, Herrera, Fellaini, Mata, Martial, Lukaku
Man City Potential Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sane, Aguero, Sterling
Stats & Facts
- This fixture finished 2-1 to Manchester City last season – with the reverse game ending 0-0 at the Etihad, Mourinho was accused of ‘parking the bus’.
- That draw at the Etihad was only the second in the last 17 meetings between the two Manchester clubs (United 7 City 8).
- Mourinho did steal a victory over Pep in the league cup last season, a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. Guardiola did play a much weakened side however.
Head To Head
- Man United 72 – D 52 – Man City 50
- Man United 12/5 – D 12/5 – Man City 23/20 (Betway)
- Under 1.5 match goals 13/5
- Correct score 0-0 10/1