Man City v Man Utd Premier League betting preview and tips
The Manchester derby is always a big treat and this one looks no different, with City having opened in splendid fashion this season and they are massive favourites to beat their arch-rivals and stay top of the Premier League going into the international break.
City very rarely drop points at the Etihad Stadium and the only game they lost at home last season actually occurred against the Red Devils where they led 2-0 before getting overturned in the second half by an inexplicable comeback.
Pep Guardiola will remember that occasion well, especially as his team would have been crowned champions if they had succeeded that day, although City warmed up for this match by steamrollering Southampton 6-1 last weekend.
The Manchester City players barely broke a sweat considering most of the play was in the opposition half and the form of Raheem Sterling has been particularly eye-catching, with Jose Mourinho having to try and work out how to stop the blue half of Manchester on Sunday.
In truth, this could be a battering, especially if we see a repeat of the flimsy defensive performance that saw Bournemouth run United ragged last weekend, with the Cherries a goal to the good and they should have been out of sight in the opening exchanges.
Mourinho admitted after the match that he was at a loss to explain his team’s defending considering that they had worked hard on this in the lead-up to that match, although it doesn’t bode well ahead of the Manchester derby.
You also have to consider that United come into this game after a trip to the Juventus Stadium where the Red Devils are likely to be run ragged, with all things pointing to a home win.
Rather than punt on City at odds-on, we’re going to get with the champions and both teams to find the net. For all the defensive frailties of United, there’s the fact that they are capable of scoring as they demonstrated when drawing 2-2 at Chelsea.
Anthony Martial is starting to live up to the billing that was attached to the Frenchman when he signed at Old Trafford and could be scoring the consolation goal in this clash.
Man City + BTTS @ 2.60 with bet365
01David De Gea