Manchester Derby

It’s time for the Manchester Derby, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Manchester United clawed their way into the conversation of title contenders whilst Manchester City take the role of hunters as they aim to reduce the gap with Arsenal. The last time these two magnificent teams met, it was a goal fest, with the Blue half of Manchester taking the bragging rights as they defeated United 6-3. Having a frantic encounter might suit Manchester United the most as they love to hit their opponents with swift counter-attacking football. 

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Manchester United 

A very impressive performance as a whole during the festive season for Manchester United, beating Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Bournemouth, scoring seven goals and conceding none. The profiles of the teams beaten aren’t high, but judging by how the team started off the campaign, it’s a massive improvement. Now, it’s the time for a big test against a rampant Manchester City, but Erik ten Hag’s men will be confident knowing that they are playing well and that their rivals have spilled some points along the way. 

One player to keep an eye out for the Red Devils will surely be Marcus Rashford, who scored five in the last five games; he’s the talisman of this Man United squad. The Englishman is priced at 17/9 (2.90) to score anytime during the Manchester Derby. Lisandro Martinez has featured in previous games to see out the result, getting the World Cup winner up to speed again. Casemiro has become an integral cog in the Ten Hag’s machine, winning those midfield battles and setting the attacking players off.

As with every transfer window, much speculation surrounds Manchester United as the Dutch manager looks to bolster his options in attack, and Wout Weghorst looks like the man to fill that gap. In the meantime, Manchester United play Charlton in the EFL quarterfinals.

Manchester United play at Old Trafford but are well off being the favourites in the weekend’s tussle with Manchester City. United are priced at 24/7 (4.45) to win the game and at 33/20 (2.65) to score first in the game. 

Manchester City 

Form in the Premier League hasn’t been as one would come to expect from Pep Guardiola’s team, especially going on previous seasons. Losing 2-1 against Brentford and drawing 1-1 against Everton whilst struggling to break Chelsea’s defence – a blunder from Kepa Arrizabalaga got them the three points. Anyone playing against Manchester City should be wary of the squad depth that they have; it’s truly a luxury not many teams in the world possess. That is one of the reasons why Manchester City remain the favourites to be the eventual Premier League champions, despite Arsenal having a five-point buffer. City are priced at 3/5 (1.60) to win the 2022/23 Premier League title. 

Erling Haaland, who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture, is priced at 13/25 (1.52) to work his magic once again and get his name on the scoresheet, whilst another hat-trick from the Norwegian is priced at 21/2 (11.50). Another player who, when called upon, produces the goods is Riyad Mahrez, who scored a brilliant free-kick to break the deadlock in the latest game against Chelsea in the FA Cup. 

Pep Guardiola heads his team in a very testing period for them when he needs to juggle FA Cup, EFL, Premier League and Champions League games, as the team is still in contention for all four eligible competitions. An interesting statistic is that Manchester City has won three of their last five away meetings against Manchester United. 

City are favourites to come away with three points as they measure up to 3/4 (1.75) with a 3-2 correct score win for the visitors priced at 17/1 (18.00).


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