If you missed El Clasico (and Messi’s late winner) on last Sunday, don’t worry. The Manchester Derby is here – in Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, tomorrow. It is much more than a poor man’s El Classico. The match will be bitterly contested and evenly poised. There will be rewards for both excitement of watching and online betting. This is after a long time that Manchester Derby is going to be played as a mid-week fixture. Last time it happened was in 1994. United won it then. Who is going to win it this time?
Manchester City – Preview
Man City are fourth in the EPL points table. They have played two games fewer than the third-placed Liverpool. So, if they keep winning their remaining matches, they can secure the third spot. United too will be aiming for the third spot. So, this is much more than a derby. The outcome of the match will determine who will get the third spot. City will be without Sergio Aguero and David Silva, as both are nursing minor injuries.
One player they would want to field is Gabriel Jesus. But he has not recovered from his injury fully either. That should make you ask a vital question, especially for online betting: Who is going to score for Manchester City? City won the earlier premier league fixture of this season. But they do not possess the same confidence and aura now.
Manchester United – Preview
United are undefeated since their 4-0 loss against Chelsea in October last year. That is 23 consecutive matches without a loss. United will want naturally to extend the record. But they will absolutely loath snapping that record against City. They have been playing well as a team. However, they will miss their talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for this match. Paul Pogba too is a doubtful starter. United will also find goals hard to come by. This is a chance for Marcus Rashford to further enhance his reputation.
Prediction for punting your money:
A draw is a realistic outcome. It would not be a surprise even if it is a goalless draw. United are likely to play it safe. City will not have any hesitation to attack, but they miss the personnel to do that successfully.
Odds: Best odds @12BET
City – United – Draw
1.86 – 4.25 – 3.60
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