Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Manchester United

The Premier League title race looks set to go right down to the wire, and Manchester City have some big challenges on the horizon, including Liverpool, who visit the Etihad in April.

However, before that, there is the small matter of the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon, and Manchester United will be rolling into town. Pep Guardiola’s men are still eyeing a treble, while United are in contention for a top-four spot, so there’s plenty riding on this.

Freebets have scoured the markets, and we are happy to divulge three betting lines we feel you should examine further.

Riyad Mahrez to hit the target

It’s fair to say that Riyad Mahrez has been in a rich vein of form. With three goals in his last four matches in all competitions, the Algerian winger has been popping up with some timely strikes, most notably, the one against Peterborough in the FA Cup on Tuesday evening. Posh were rather plucky opponents, but City managed to break down an obdurate defence, and Mahrez played a key role in the win.

Mahrez is a man for the big occasion, and he will relish trying to spoil United’s top-four chances. If you fancy it, Paddy Power are offering odds of 11/10 for him to score anytime, while you can get a price of 9/2 with Unibet for him to net the opening goal of the game.

City to dominate corner count

The Etihad is usually a febrile atmosphere, especially on derby days. United will have to be disciplined, and break on the counter when the moment allows. Ralf Rangnick’s charges will have to soak up a lot of pressure, and for large periods, there will be plenty of defending for them to do to keep the likes of Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, and Phil Foden quickly.

City will want to get into the groove early on, and they could rack up plenty of corners in the opening stages. With bet365, you can get rather tasty odds of 12/5 for there to be between 12 and 14 match corners, although you imagine the majority of them will be awarded to City.

Honours even?

With so much stake, this could be a rather cagey affair. Earlier in the season, City ran out 2-0 winners at Old Trafford, with an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike ensuring the game was all but over at half-time.

Anyway, by the time City face United, the gap at the top of the table could be three points were Liverpool to beat West Ham on Saturday, and the Reds have a game in hand. It’s a game City can’t afford to lose, so they may not go all gung-ho. A draw is available at 4/1 with Unibet, and that could be worth jumping on.