Manchester City v Manchester United, 5.30pm Saturday 7th December
As the 2010s draw to a close, there’s inevitably been plenty of reminiscing about the past ten years.
It’s just over a decade since Sir Alex Ferguson labeled the nouveaux riche Manchester City as “noisy neighbours” and, to be fair, the domestic treble holders have had plenty to be loud about in the intervening years.
Fergie’s solution was to, “just get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.” It’s difficult, though, when those neighbours are constantly partying while you are sitting in a darkened room with nothing to celebrate.
The Manchester sides have met 19 times in the Premier League during the 2010s and United have won just six of those. They grabbed a point in three others. United’s television must be on at full blast with just 21 points from a possible 57 to shout about.
There’s been some Manchester Derby hammerings along the way too, most famously the 6-1 City win at Old Trafford in 2011 where Mario Balotelli revealed that “Why Always Me?” t-shirt, days after setting his home ablaze with fireworks.
We could possibly witness some more pyrotechnics on Saturday. There have been 52 goals in those 19 meetings and we expect plenty more at the Etihad. Over 2.5 Goals has clicked in City’s last six league games, and they’ve conceded in all but one of those. Five of United’s last seven Premier League ties have seen at least three goals and they’ve conceded in all but two matches this season despite having the world’s most expensive defender, Harry Maguire, in their ranks.
It’s all set up for goals but Over 2.5 is a paltry 1/2. A win for Pep Guardiola’s side and both teams to score looks a far better bet at 7/4.
This fixture finished 3-1 last season and we like the look of the same outcome here at a best price of 11/1 with Bet365.
BET | Correct Score – Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United – 11/1 with Bet365
Guardiola has confirmed that Sergio Aguero will miss the Derby, but Gabriel Jesus is an adept understudy. The Brazilian bagged a brace in the 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday night and he’s EVS to get at least one more on Saturday evening. He got the opener at Turf Moor and is 18/5 to repeat that feat against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s inconsistent side.
United will be buoyed by Wednesday’s 2-1 win against former boss Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. Marcus Rashford netted a double at Old Trafford to make it nine league goals so far this campaign. Only three players have scored more in the Premier League and the England striker is 21/2 to get the opener at the Etihad and 11/4 to find the net at anytime with Betfred.
Despite that win against Spurs, United are languishing in 6th in the table – partly down to six draws so far from 15 games. They’ve led in all those stalemates but failed to take all three points. 23/10 for them to lead at anytime here looks decent value.