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07/04/2018 Kick Off:  5:30 pm Etihad Stadium V Predicted Score:2 - 1

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Match Summary

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

Team News

Manchester City's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 1 Lost: 0

After missing Wednesday’s trip to Anfield, Sergio Aguero is expected to return from injury for this game, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll get the nod over Gabriel Jesus. Apart from that,  Benjamin Mendy is Pep Guardiola’s only other absentee, although the left-back is making progress after a knee operation.

Manchester United's Last Six:

Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1

Jose Mourinho could welcome back defenders Phil Jones and Daley Blind, but neither of those two will expect to walk straight back into the starting XI. Back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero is the only other United player missing, and two teams that are almost at full strength will no doubt have a bearing on your football predictions for the weekend.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Betting Tips, Preview & 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.

Predicted Score: Manchester City 2 - 1 Manchester United

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Written by Oli Coates

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