Match Betting (1x2)

Manchester United’s average finishing position in the Premier League has been fifth place since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down and that’s exactly where the Red Devils find themselves after twenty-eight games played.

That current position might be enough to earn a Champions League spot next season considering that Manchester City are currently facing a UEFA ban, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be focused on guaranteeing the club’s place at the top table by landing fourth spot or higher.

Since losing at home to Burnley on 22 January, United have embarked on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions and that has coincided with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes who has filled a Paul Pogba-shaped hole in the midfield.

The Portuguese has been finding the net regularly since his arrival and he provides hope for the home team when it comes to Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford.

BetVictor offer 19/4 about Manchester United winning the derby and they will draw comfort from the fact that they have beaten Manchester City twice already this term, although both victories occurred at the Etihad.

Facing the English champions at Old Trafford poses something of a problem. The home team can’t operate a defensive game plan as easily in front of their own supporters where there’s an onus to attack.

Pep Guardiola’s side are likely to be a warm order at 4/7 to win this clash, with the Citizens fresh from beating Aston Villa to land the EFL Cup for the third consecutive occasion and they’ll be hungry for victory here.

While City are not going to catch Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, the visitors will want to continue the winning habit ahead of meeting Real Madrid in the Champions League second leg.

United would be the team more grateful if the clash ended all square and it should be noted that William Hill offer a tasty 17/5 about the draw, with City having failed to win on the road five times this season.

Asian Handicap

Manchester City are capable of steamrollering teams and they enjoyed a two-goal margin of victory at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup, with some punters looking to get with Guardiola’s side on the Asian Handicap market.

Unibet offer 6/4 about the Citizens off a -1.5 goal handicap which would mean they need to record a margin of victory by two goals or more.

Alternatively, for those thinking that United can continue to be unbeaten, then Manchester United are 31/20 enjoying a +0.5 goal advantage which would mean they simply need a draw or better.

Both Teams to Score

We’re never likely to see a goalless draw when there’s a Manchester derby being played, with City a free-scoring team and their opponents are also full of goals, with United recently putting five goals past FC Brugge.

Therefore, the 7/10 about the “Yes” option on the Both Teams to Score market looks appealing to punters who simply want to sit back and enjoy a high-scoring clash, while the “No” option is available to back at 6/5 for those who think the match could be tighter than the odds suggest.


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