Man City v Man United Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions
Manchester derby expected to be a tight affair againDecember 6th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Man City v Man Utd Betting Preview
Massive clash at the top of the Premier League with not only bragging rights up for grabs, but decisive points in the title push. It looks already as if the Premier League race is just going to be between the two Manchester Clubs and with the Red Devils holding a three point ascendancy over second placed City heading into Sunday’s clash, the picture is clear for both. A win for United opens up a big gap, but will City’s resistance and unbeaten stretch continue?
Man City v Man Utd Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Man City 6/5, Man United 12/5, Draw 5/2
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A very interesting match, as City haven’t had their own way on home soil against the Red Devils recently, winning just one of the last four at home against their bitter rivals in the Premier League. City need a win here to regain top spot on goal difference and they are favourites to do so at the bookies. This is usually a tight game as five of the last six Manchester derbies (in the league) have produced a 1-0 scoreline. The one thing that City have over Manchester United is their defence. City have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Premier League matches and in a tight derby, that really could prove the difference. City of course haven’t lost in the league this season and at home have produced six wins and two draws. They haven’t been as prolific up front as they were last season, but they have scored at a rate of 2.3 goals per game at home and their rate of conceding is just 0.75 goals per game. The organisation at the back could be the strength that City have to rely on, as well as getting a grip in the middle of the park. City had a four matches home winning streak snapped when Everton held them to a draw last weekend, but with City out of Europe now, they should go full title at their Premier League title defence, which would receive a massive boost with a win over United.
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There have actually been just five goals scored in the last six league meetings between the two sides, despite all the firepower on offer. It hints that defence could win the day, and you don’t look for United for solid defence. The Red Devils are conceding at a rate of 1.5 goals per game on the road, but their strengths going forward have usually made up for that, as they have scored at a rate of 2.25 goals per game. Only once before in Premier League history have United scored more goals after 15 games than they have managed so far already. United have recovered a league high 21 points from losing positions this season, but the amount of times they get themselves into trouble has already cost them points this season. They scraped past Reading 4-3 away from home last week and in their away match before that they were stifled and outworked by Norwich in a 1-0 defeat. That was United’s second defeat on the road this season. The Red Devils have yet to pick up a draw this season in the Premier League, so would expect a result, however narrow a margin it will come by. United have the better offence, City the better defence. Will it all cancel each other out? City won this corresponding fixture last season by a 1-0 scoreline and it could just be worth taking a City 1 Goal Winning Margin for a price of 3/1 at online bookmaker Bet Victor.
Man City WDDWDL, Man United LWWWL
Five of the last six league Manchester derbies have ended in a 1-0 scoreline
City have kept six clean sheets in the last nine Premier League matches
United have been awarded the most penalties in EPL this season (five)
City have recovered 15 pts and United 21 from losing positions this season
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