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Rich 21st Sep 2013 - 20:57

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Manchester United travel to the home of their noisy neighbours eager to prove their critics wrong, but in an ever tense local derby, David Moyes must pull out all the stops to overcome City.

United's impressive victory in midweek saw them easily surpass Bayer Leverkusen, but it follows a rather downtrodden start to the league campaign, whilst the same can be said for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

The 2011/12 champions have failed to impress since their 4-0 dismantling of Newcastle on the opening weekend. Despite a 3-2 loss to Cardiff, the 0-0 that fans suffered through last weekend can be looked upon as the low point in their season so far, and it is up to the Chilean manager to oversee a change in their fortunes.

Man City head into the fixture as 5/4 favourites, whilst it is rare you find a price as high as 5/2 on Man Utd (draw 23/10), and an argument is easily made for either side, yet, in the Etihad, the home support should prove to play a major role, and as such, City are justified in being half the price of the Red Devils.

Moyes has a deep midfield to call on after securing the signing of Marouane Fellaini, but the focus may fall on Korean winger Shinji Kagawa (6/1 anytime 16/1 first, 12/1 2 or more), who was roundly ignored in the first month of the season. His reappearance last week may signal a different game plan for the Man Utd manager, but Kagawa will have a consistent fight to start with Ashley Young and Nani.


Wayne Rooney (11/4 anytime, 8/1 first) has perhaps generated the most column inches of any English player over the past couple of months, but after returning last week, the forward is likely to play a key part in Man Utd's success, or lack thereof.

Whilst everyone is assured of Robin van Persie's brilliance, there are question marks over City new boys Alvaro Negredo (13/2 first) and Stevan Jovetic (12/1 2 or more). Yet, on the back of Sergio Aguero, it isn't difficult to see Man City going far this season. The Argentine striker is 13/2 to net first, but more appealingly, 4/1 to grab a goal in a City win.

This one seems destined to see goals, and if you fancy both teams to score, why not cover yourself on the Match Result and BTTS market, which has City to win & BTTS at 3/1, Draw/BTTS at 3/1, and Man Utd/BTTS at 9/2!

OPTA Facts & Stats

  • Manchester City have scored four of the 14 Premier League goals from outside the penalty area this season; more than any other side.
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2006, Ashley Young has won a joint-league-high 12 penalties (level with former teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor).
  • Manchester City have scored in each of their last 52 Barclays Premier League home games. The all-time record for the competition is 66 set by Man Utd last season.
  • Six of the last seven meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium have seen fewer than two goals scored.
  • Wayne Rooney has now either scored or assisted 40 goals in his last 44 Premier League games.
  • Marouane Fellaini has won five times against Man City in the Premier League (only against Sunderland - six wins - has he won more often).
  • Since the start of 2012-13, no side has kept more clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League than Manchester City (21).
  • Six of these clean sheets have come in Manchester City's last eight Premier League games.
  • Robin van Persie has hit more shots off target than any other Premier League player this season (10).
  • Yaya Toure has made 347 passes this season, 30 more than any other player in the division and 65 more than Utd's leading passer Michael Carrick (282).

Match Betting: Man City 5/4; Draw 23/10; Man Utd 5/2

Headline Offers: Sergio Aguero to score and Man City to win 4/1; Robin van Persie to score and Man Utd to Win 4/1

OPTA Offer: Man City to win and both teams to score 3/1; Man Utd to win and both teams to score 5/1

Top Tip: Over 3.5 goals 9/4

Worth a Look: Man City 3-2 28/1; Man City to win and BTTS 3/1



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