Apr 3, 2018
Apr 3, 2018

Premier League preview: Manchester City vs. Manchester United

Manchester City vs. Manchester United odds

Inform your Manchester City vs. Manchester United prediction

Analysing the Manchester City vs. Manchester United stats

Premier League preview: Manchester City vs. Manchester United

Just one win separates Manchester City from the Premier League title, as they welcome Manchester United for the Manchester Derby this Saturday. Looking for value in the Manchester City vs. Manchester United odds? Read on to inform your Manchester City vs. Manchester United prediction.

A look at the Manchester City vs. Manchester United odds

Despite United’s current winning form in the Premier League, Manchester City go into Saturday’s clash as heavy favourites, and goals are expected with over 2 goals priced at 1.378*.

Whilst Manchester City have conceded just three goals in their last six Premier League games, the odds aren’t expecting them to hold a clean sheet, with under 0.75 Manchester United goals priced at 2.190*.

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Manchester City vs. Manchester United stats: What you need to know

Time: Saturday, April 7, 17:30 GMT kickoff

Venue: Etihad Stadium

  • Manchester City last failed to win a Premier League game at home in August in their opening home match of the season, spanning 14 consecutive games
  • Manchester United have won just one of their last three Premier League away games
  • No team has more shots per game (17.5) in the Premier League than Manchester City
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals and assisted two in his last nine games
  • Manchester United have won their last four Premier League games

Team News:

Manchester City: John Stones (concussion) is battling back from injury and may be ready for the clash after missing out against former club Everton, as is Sergio Aguero (knee). Benjamin Mendy is closing on a return from a long-term knee injury, while Fabian Delph is also a doubt.

Manchester United: Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo likely to miss out due to long-term injuries.

Inform your Manchester City vs. Manchester United prediction

Winning the title against your local rivals. It is something that Manchester City fans could have only wished for as we welcomed the return of the Premier League back in August.

On Saturday Pep Guardiola’s side can do just that, which would top off what looks to becoming a record-breaking season. Manchester City are on the brink of a number of Premier League records, and could start by breaking one this Saturday by winning the Premier League with the most games to go (6), currently held by Saturday’s opponents Manchester United (5):

Premier League records

RecordCurrent record holderManchester City's current tally
Record points tally Chelsea, 95 (2004/05) 84
Biggest goal difference Chelsea, +71 (2009/10) +67
Most wins in a single season Chelsea, 30 (2016/17) 27
Most goals scored Chelsea, 103 (2009/10) 88
Most home wins in a single season Chelsea (2005/06, Manchester United (2010/11), Manchester City (2011/12), 18 14
Most goals scored at home in a season Chelsea, 68 (2009/10) 51

It looks as though form is with the blue half of Manchester when it comes to the Premier League. Yet Manchester City’s imperious form throughout the year could also work in Jose Mourinho’s favour at the Etihad.

A Champions League quarter-final 3-0 deficit against Liverpool awaits after the derby, and Pep Guardiola has already said that with the Premier League all but wrapped up, this clash will be his main focus and will likely start a weakened team against United. This could be Mourinho's chance to get a win against City as their focus is away from the derby and on the Champions League. 

Nevertheless, a weakened team still offers an abundance of class and talent. On the fringes of the first team include the likes of Toure, Zinchenko, Danilo and Foden, who all have what it takes to hurt this United side.

Manchester City vs. Manchester United betting: Where is the value?

United’s most recent win against Swansea was a glimmer of what can be, as Alexis Sanchez starred in what has been a difficult start to his career in Manchester. Yet it was United’s second-half performance that should cause alarm bells for bettors.

Their performance dropped in the second half after dominating the first, and if it wasn’t for the acrobatic talents of David De Gea once again, Mourinho’s men could have been holding on in the final embers of the game.

Manchester City are a different challenge to Swansea though. If City are given those chances Saturday, expect them to nestle in the net. Over 1.75* Manchester City goals is currently priced at 2.090* and may offer value for bettors in the Manchester City vs. Manchester United betting.

In the handicap betting markets, -0.25 on Manchester City at 1.564* may offer bettors some security for those who think that the game may be closer than the betting markets are foreseeing. A maximum of one goal has separated the two in five of the last six meetings.

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