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Betting Preview: Manchester United v Manchester City – Premier League 2016/17

I don’t know if you’ve heard but there’s a big game taking place in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. I am of course talking about Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United taking on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. This one was talked up as soon as the fixtures were announced back in June and has been ever since. Mourinho and Guardiola will face off for the first time since taking over their respective Manchester sides following their bitter rivalry in Spain when in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Both sides have won three out of three so far this season with City sitting top of the table on goal difference so something has to give on Saturday. Let’s take a look at some of the odds floating about ahead of this colossus match-up.

The match odds courtesy of William Hill* are as follows:

Manchester United win – 6/5

Draw – 23/10

Manchester City win – 23/10

Maybe it’s down to home advantage more than anything but the Reds go into the derby on Saturday as favourites, which I’m assuming hasn’t been the case for a while. A £10.00 stake on a home win at 6/5 returns £22.00 with William Hill.

Match Result and Both Teams to Score

Manchester United – 15/4

Draw – 3/1

Manchester City – 5/1

Goalscorers

Where else to start than with the man (or boy) of the moment, Marcus Rashford. It seems everything he touches at the moment turns to gold. He scored a hat-trick midweek on his England U-21 debut against Norway, he netted the winner from the bench in United’s last-minute winner against Hull City last time out and also scored the only goal of the game the last time these two sides met at the Etihad last season. Having said that, there’s a real possibly that he might not even start against City on Saturday. The teenager is 12/5 to score anytime and 7/1 to grab the opening goal.

There’ll be plenty of characters on show at Old Trafford on Saturday, none more so than Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The big Swede has four goals in as many games this season since his free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. The 34-year-old is 13/10 to score anytime and is favourite to score first at 4/1.

Manchester City will be without their main goal threat as Sergio Aguero picked up a three-game ban in their last outing against West Ham United, despite their best efforts to have it overturned. The ban leaves them very light up top with Kelechi Iheanacho listed as their only out-and-out striker. The young Nigerian is 9/4 to score anytime and 13/2 to score first.

Correct Score

United are unbeaten in the last three matches against Manchester City having previously lost the last four in succession. The Reds won 1-0 the last time these two sides met, thanks to Rashford’s first half strike. The same scoreline on Saturday is priced at 13/2. Fancy more goals? Who can forget the 4-2 thrashing that United gave City during the 2014/15 season at Old Trafford? You can get odds of 66/1 for a 4-2 home win! Speaking of forgetting results, next month marks the five-year anniversary since City inflicted United’s worst home defeat since 1955. I am of course talking about the 6-1 hammering at Old Trafford in 2011. 500/1 says City replicate the scoreline on Saturday!

Enhanced Odds

Let’s take a look at some of William Hill’s enhanced odds ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off:

  • Wayne Rooney to score and Man Utd to win – 5/1
  • Nolito to score and Man City to win – 7/1
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score and Man Utd to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 6/1
  • Kevin De Bruyne to score and Man City to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 12/1
  • Paul Pogba to score, Man Utd to win and both teams to score – 9/1
  • Raheem Sterling to score, Man City to win and both teams to score – 18/1

Bet of the Day

As much as I’d love to go for a United win, I’m firmly sitting on the fence for this one. My bet of the day is for the game to finish 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 at a decent 10/3. City might be without Aguero but they do pose a strong attacking lineup, as do United. I’ll be astonished if this one finished goalless. A £10.00 stake returns £43.33 (including stake) with William Hill.

*All odds correct as of Friday 9th September and are subject to change

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