Betting Tips

Back City to win the Manchester derby against injury-hit United.


Manchester City, once dubbed the “noisy neighbours” by former Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson, can hammer home a top four spot by beating Manchester United in Thursday’s Premier League derby.

City, in FA Cup action at Wembley on Sunday against Arsenal, have a great opportunity to do the double against injury-hit United. United scraped into the Europa League semifinals but the 2-1 extra time win against Anderlecht came at a heavy cost, losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo to probable season-ending injuries.

Marcus Rashford stepped out of Ibra’s shadow, impressing up front with the crucial winner for United. The same Marcus Rashford who scored the United winner in last year’s clash at the Etihad, becoming the youngest ever scorer in Derby history.

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The brilliant young England striker is 9-1 with Bet Victor for a repeat opener, while with Ibra indisposed, we may even see a return for forgotten man Wayne Rooney (21-2 Bet Victor).

However, I expect City to have too much firepower as United’s 22-match unbeaten Premier League run finally ends in the derby. Depending on their Cup semifinal line-up on Sunday, the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane can all hurt United, while brilliant Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus is also set for a return in due course. Jesus could save you for the first goal at 5-1 with Paddy Power.

City are a best-priced 10-11 for the derby win with BetFred. Take this price with the United-loving Fred Done and relieve the billionaire of a few pennies.

The 21-10 available with Paddy Power on a HT / FT City success is also promising as the heavy workload of games and key injuries finally catch up with United.

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Total goals wise, United have scored at least three times in their previous three away league games, while all of City’s previous four clashes have seen over 2.5 goals. However, this doesn’t account for the nerves, tension, passion and edginess of a Manchester derby, with both sides knowing one mistake could win or lose them the game and important bragging rights in the city. We can expect a tight, cagey affair with City seeing the majority of the ball with United trying to use the pace of Rashford on the break. Each of the previous two City vs United games at the Etihad have ended 1-0 (with a victory a piece) — so under 2.5 at 11-10 with Bet Victor also looks good.