Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Manchester United welcome Manchester City to Old Trafford on Sunday with the Red Devils looking to complete a league double over their local rivals for the first time since 2009/10. Both sides were in FA Cup action in midweek, reaching the quarter finals. A Manchester derby is always a tense affair and there are sure to be some surprises in store. City are also fresh from winning the Carabao Cup last weekend at Wembley with a win over Aston Villa. We’ll take a look at some of the betting action around this game here.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United team booked a place in the FA Cup sixth round with a comfortable 3-0 at Championship side Derby County on Wednesday evening. They are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches, having drawn 1-1 away at Everton last weekend. That result came on the back of a 3-0 home win over Watford and a fine 2-0 win at Chelsea. United have already beaten City in the league and EFL Cup this season, and are looking to achieve a third win in a season against them for the third campaign in their history.
Pep Guardiola’s City team have had a good week. They won the Carabao Cup at Wembley last weekend, beating Aston Villa 2-1. They also won 1-0 at Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in midweek to claim a place in the sixth round of the FA Cup. Sergio Aguero is a man to keep an eye on this weekend. The City striker has scored nine times in Manchester derbies in all competitions in his career. He is priced at odds of 1.77 with Betway to score at any time in Sunday’s game. He has scored four times in Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford too.
These two sides have faced each other in three games already this season – once in the Premier League and in the two-legged semi-final of the EFL Cup. City emerged triumphant from that semi-final clash, winning 3-2 on aggregate. Significantly, they won the first leg at Old Trafford 3-1, so have a victory on United’s ground to their credit already this season. United are looking to complete a Premier League double over City for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson was manager, back in 2009/10. That stat is a sign of how much things have changed in Manchester over the last decade or so.
The Premier League clash between the teams took place at the Etihad in December. United won the game 2-1, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, with a penalty, and Anthony Martial. Nicolas Ottomendi scored a late consolation goal for City. There were five yellow cards awarded in that game by referee Anthony Taylor. He will be the fourth official on Sunday, with Mike Dean taking charge in the middle.
Last season, it was City who dominated games in the Premier League between the teams. Gaurdiola’s team came out on top in both clashes. Back in November 2019, City won 3-1 at the Etihad. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan netted for Guardiola’s side, with Anthony Martial scoring United’s goal from the penalty spot in the second half. In April 2019 at Old Trafford the final score was 2-0 in City’s favour. Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane scored the goals, with both strikes coming in the second half.
Overall, in the entire history of the Premier League, these two sides have clashed on 45 occasions. United have won 22 of those games with City claiming victory in 15. Eight of City’s victories have come at Old Trafford, while United have won 10 Premier League derbies at home. Draws in the Premier League between these two sides are relatively rare, with just eight of those 45 matches ending all square.