Match Betting (1x2)

Manchester City are always favourites to win at the Etihad Stadium and they’re regularly available at odds-on considering that it’s fairly rare that Pep Guardiola’s side don’t claim three points in their Premier League encounters.

Therefore, it’s no surprise to find the Citizens no bigger than 1/2 to overcome Manchester United on Saturday 7 December and there will be plenty of punters willing to pile into the home side at that sort of price.

After all, it’s a potential 50% return on a bet for a team who are fairly reliable in front of their own supporters, even if Wolves have won at the Etihad this term, while Tottenham also managed a 2-2 draw.

This was a fixture that Manchester City won by a 3-1 scoreline last season although it’s clear that the derby does carry an element of unpredictability and there will be some expecting United to throw a spanner in the works.

The Red Devils are trading at 5/1 to win this derby clash and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will try to deploy a game plan to counteract such dangerous opponents, with United also looking to use their pace on the counter-attack.

The draw would be a great result for Liverpool who are expecting City to chase them hard during the winter months, with punters able to get 12/5 about that outcome although the home win is clearly the most likely outcome.

Asian Handicap

Manchester City won both derby encounters last season and the margin of victory was two goals on each occasion. Therefore, it stands to reason that we might expect a similar story when these teams meet at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to go for the jugular from kick-off and the logical bet for many punters will be to back the Citizens at even money off a -1.5 goal handicap.

That would mean a two-goal margin of victory would be enough to make a profit with this bet, while an alternative ploy could be to back City -2 which means money back if the margin of victory is two goals although a big reward should the victory be even greater.

Obviously it’s possible to bet on both sides of the Asian Handicap and some will want to side with United to make it a close game, with options including the possibility of backing the visitors with a +1 or a +1.5 goal start.

First Goalscorer

It appears likely that Sergio Aguero is going to miss the Manchester derby although it’s not exactly a problem for a City team who can call upon the speedy Gabriel Jesus and he’s likely to be flanked by Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling for this clash.

Any of those players represent an attractive First Goalscorer option, although Kevin de Bruyne could be the best pick of all considering he often drives forward from deep and he was able to get City back on track against Chelsea recently.

As for Manchester United, they have a speedy attack of their own and it would be reasonable to consider Marcus Rashford as the main scoring option.

Over / Under Goals

Manchester United’s game plan will be interesting. Is this really a team capable of keeping things tight in a derby when their supporters will want them to go forward and create chances of their own?

Therefore, the Over 2.5 Goals quote looks fair enough at 8/11 and we’re happy to also consider the Over 3.5 Goals price of 6/4.

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