The Premier League continues this weekend, with one matchday left before the international break. For today’s betting tip, we’ll be focusing on the massive derby fixture in the Premier League this weekend between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Manchester United seemed to turn a corner last weekend when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur away from home. However, old patterns emerged on the continent against Atalanta, and without Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroics they would have left Italy with nothing. This will be the first Manchester derby for Ronaldo since his return to Old Trafford but it is against a very different Manchester City he played previously.
Sadly, Manchester United may have lost Raphael Varane again after he was substituted in Bergamo on Tuesday. Similarly, Paul Pogba has to sit out the Manchester derby due to his sending off at Liverpool.
Whilst Manchester United picked up a much-needed victory, Manchester City were shocked by Crystal Palace at the Etihad. They still sit third in the table, however, the defeat leaves them five points behind the league leaders and wanting to make up ground - and fast.
Much like Manchester United, they’ll be without a key man due to suspension. Central defender Aymeric Laporte was given a straight red against Palace and will serve the first game of his suspension in the Manchester derby. Ferran Torres continues to be sidelined.
Despite their contrasting results in previous years, Manchester United have a respectable record against Manchester City. The red side of Manchester only tasted defeat in one fixture in the last five - including three wins.
However, these are two very different sides. Cristiano Ronaldo is back for a Manchester Derby and he won’t want a repeat of the Liverpool thrashing. Whilst Manchester City need a bounceback so it is an extremely difficult derby to call.
This one is a tough fixture on paper. Manchester United have shown flashes of quality, especially on the counter attack, which is exactly what bolds well against Manchester City. Whereas Manchester City were destroying everything in their path before meeting Palace.
So we’re avoiding a result and predicting less than 3.5 goals and Cristiano Ronaldo to score at 7/2 with Ladbrokes.