Manchester City

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Etihad Stadium

07/04/2018 | 5:30 pm

Manchester United

V

Etihad Stadium

07/04/2018 | 5:30 pm

In a sentence: The latest round of Premier League predictions pits first versus second, red versus blue, Guardiola’s City against Mourinho’s United with the league title on the line for the hosts.

Last time: City were 2-1 winners at Old Trafford in December. Nicolas Otamendi settled the contest in the second half after Marcus Rashford had cancelled out David Silva’s opener, with the result all but ending United’s hopes of catching the Blues.

This time: Manchester City are 10/11 for the win, while Manchester United are 3/1 and the draw is 14/5.

You might remember: Michael Owen’s last minute winner, City’s 6-1 triumph at Old Trafford and an Andrei Kanchelskis hat-trick back in 1994. There have been countless unforgettable moments in the 175 Manchester derbies we’ve had so far – let’s hope this Premier League preview produces another one.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho renew their rivalry on Saturday evening in the 176th Manchester derby

Manchester City can put their midweek disappointment behind them by securing the Premier League title against local rivals Manchester United. The heavy defeat against Liverpool was a major blow to their European ambitions, but victory on Saturday would be the perfect way to get over that ahead of their Champions League second leg next week.

City are 10/11 to secure the all-important victory, which would bring to an end what’s seemed like a title procession that’s lasted for months. The champions-elect were undone by Jurgen Klopp’s tactics and the pressing and work rate of their opponents at Anfield, but Saturday’s visitors do not play at the same pace and the Blues look a comfortable football prediction for this fixture.

United are 3/1 to deny the hosts their title party for this weekend at least, but even a victory here would do little to hide the fact that there’s a huge chasm between these two teams at the moment. There’ll be a 16-point gap between the sides at kick-off, and in light of this there’s little doubt that Mourinho will send his team out to contain and frustrate City as best they can.

The draw is 14/5 and would also mean that the title isn’t mathematically wrapped up. Last season’s corresponding fixture ended goalless, and a repeat of that scoreline’s priced at 25/2 as part of your football score predictions. In fact, there have only been three draws in the last 30 Manchester derbies, with all of those ending 0-0, so at those odds and with United out to stop City winning the league, it could be one of the best football betting tips for this game.

Providing he starts, Aguero is the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring in this Saturday evening kick-off. Jesus isn’t far behind at 9/2, while Romelu Lukaku has the shortest odds for the visitors at 13/2. After his recent goalscoring heroics against Liverpool and with a winner at the Etihad to his name already in his young career, Marcus Rashford is 9/1 to break the deadlock.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

A bus. Will City’s arrive intact? Will Jose park his? Without the hostile welcome they received when turning onto Anfield Road on Wednesday, City are 24/5 to be leading after 15 minutes, while United are 15/4 to keep a clean sheet.

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We fancy:

City to win 2-1 at 14/1. The Blues have beaten the Reds by this scoreline in two of the last three meetings between the sides, making it one of the most likely football score predictions for this match.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Rashford is 75/1 to score the only goal of the game at the Etihad, just as he did two years ago not long after breaking into the United team. At that price, it’d be one of the best football betting tips for the weekend if it pays out.

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!