By Scott Johnston - Football Editor for Free Bets UK
Thursday 22nd October 2015
On Sunday afternoon both Manchester clubs will collide at Old Trafford with the ambition of having bragging rights in the city and the chance to be above the other heading into Halloween.
Both sides will be happy with their results in the Champions League this week with United drawing away to CSKA and City beating Sevilla right at the death.
But Man United will have flown to Russia and back again this week as well as playing ninety minutes in Moscow’s freezing weather. Louis van Gaal did make some changes to his starting eleven but it’s still a tough task to expect everyone to be ready for a Manchester derby this weekend.
Kevin de Bruyne’s late winner over Sevilla was a big morale booster for his team-mates and the City fans. It was a great tonic ahead of the game against United. The Belgian maestro is available at 8/1 to get the last goal this Sunday and at 3/1 to score a goal at anytime.
Last term in the two games against Man Utd, City scored three goals. But all of those strikes came from prolific Argentine hitman Sergio Aguero and he’s out for a month after a leg injury.
Yaya Toure always seems to come to life in the crunch games and the midfielder is available at 10/1 with Coral to grab the first goal.
Serbian full-back Aleksandar Kolarov has regained full fitness and played for the final thirty minutes against Sevilla. Kolarov is always a threat from a freekick and is available at 15/2 to score at anytime.
Talking of City’s defence, boss Manuel Pellegrini has to decide whether or not to stick with the Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala partnership or bring back club captain Vincent Kompany.
Nineteen year old forward Anthony Martial scored yet another vital goal for Manchester United this week and is priced at 6/1 at Bet 365 to score the first goal. While they are offering similar odds for him to score the final goal of the game.
Big man Marouane Fellaini is often used by Van Gaal as a player to influence big games. The international midfielder is available 10/3 with Paddy Power to score at anytime over City this weekend. You can also get him at 10/1 to score with his head.
Look out for Memphis Depay. The £31m winger has been benched lately but could be desperate to prove himself on the big stage. Last season he managed a goal in PSV’s win over Ajax. You can get him to score at anytime for 14/5.
As it’s a big derby fixture I am often tempted with a 0-0 as the two sides may play nervy football. Neither side wants to lose face or drop points to such a rival. You can get a 0-0 bet with odds of 25/2 with Marathon Bet.
In the corresponding fixture at Old Trafford last season Man United were victorious by four goals to two. Odds on that result happening again are available at Bet Victor at 100/1.
Derby matches are full of drama. So here are a few odds for those types of incidents. Both teams are priced at 8/1 to score a penalty. If you fancy that Utd or City to miss a penalty then that’s on at 22/1. A goal in the first fifteen minutes 20/1.
I think this game could end in a draw with both sides eager not to lose any ground on the other. A draw is coming in at 33/13.
If you think that Old Trafford will see a home win, then United are priced around the 8/5 mark. Maybe it could be worth looking at Manchester United winning both halves at 15/2.
While it’s 9/5 with Bet Victor if you think that Manchester City can defeat their old foes.
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