Manchester United v Manchester City tips – Back United and City goals at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola renew their rivalry on Saturday lunchtime

Manchester United v Manchester City tips – Back United and City goals at Old Trafford

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Glen Laidlaw

September 8th, 2016

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Neither of the Manchester duo sparked to life last season, instead stumbling along as Leicester City dominated the headlines and Spurs threatened the status-quo at the top of the table.

Nevertheless things look set to change back to normality this season with the two sides enjoying new faces at the helm and a host of new talent in the ranks. As such, Saturday’s clash between United and City has all the makings of a classic, however much is at stake and we could instead be faced with something of a damp squib. We don’t really think so though.

Indeed, there is little to separate the two sides on paper and whilst money has been flooding in on a United victory, a City win has also been heavily backed on Saturday.

At one time, this fixture would usually have meant a win for the Red Devils, however Sheikh Mansour’s fortunes have sparked a revolution in the fortunes of the Citizens and as a result of this, the derby has become much more competitive.

City have given a good account of themselves in recent derby meetings with three wins in the last six games, however their last victory was in 2014 when a single goal separated the sides. We do expect a few goals in Saturday’s meeting and we would recommend backing a match result with BTTS. Neither side are particularly shy in front of goal and this could prove to be a very open game, therefore Coral’s 19/5 for a United win and Both Teams to Score has received no shortage of backers as has a City win and Both Teams to Score at 11/2 with Bet365.

Guardiola and Mourinho have certainly invigorated their respective sides and given them the spark which has served them well in the opening three games of the season. Nolito and Raheem Sterling will pose the biggest threat to United while Ibrahimovic should feature heavily for the hosts. Indeed, looking at First Goalscorers we have a decent choice of scorers with Zlatan 11/2, Rashford 7/1, Rooney 7/1 and Nolito 8/1. With such a choice, we’ll be avoiding this market completely and settling for Both Teams to Score at 8/11 with BetVictor, an unadventurous approach perhaps but one which we believe will provide a winning return.

 

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