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Rupert Wyman 10th Feb 2011 - 20:47

United to be the pride of Manchester once again

Man United v Man City, Saturday 12:45, live on Sky Sports 1

There haven't been many Manchester derbies that could be classed as title six-pointers but this  one certainly will be as United host their local rivals City at Old Trafford this Saturday lunchtime.

United are 8/11 to underline their position as title favourites by getting the win, Man City are 7/2 whilst the draw is 11/4.

Just as it looked like United were running away with the title they suffered a shock setback at Molineux last weekend to breathe new life into the title race.  City meanwhile were brushing aside West Brom 3-0 to cut the gap to just five points.

United do have a game in hand though so if City are serious about mounting a challenge they will need to go looking for victory at Old Trafford.  A draw would arguably suit Alex Ferguson more than Roberto Mancini but it's unlikely his United side will be looking for anything other than the three points.

Before their defeat against Wolves the Red Devils were as low as 1/2 to regain the title they lost to Chelsea last season. However, following that reversal you can now get 4/6 which looks a good price and will certainly shorten should they win this one. Man City are still seen as big outsiders at 12/1.

United fans will have fond memories of this fixture from last season. A Michael Owen goal deep into injury time securing a remarkable 4-3 victory.  A repeat of that scoreline this weekend is 125/1.

That defeat was typical of City's awful record at Old Trafford, they have won just once in their last 26 league visits. They have also failed to score against United in four of the last five meetings. That doesn't bode well for City, especially considering United's home record this season.

United have won twelve and drawn one of their thirteen Premier League fixtures at home this season meaning Old Trafford is certainly a fortress and City will have to be at their very best to get anything.

Man City's away form hasn't been too great recently either.  They have not won on the road since Boxing Day and that includes drawing at both Leicester and Notts County in cup competitions.  Roberto Mancini's conservative style is often to blame and I wouldn't expect to see an expansive City performance at Old Trafford.

Former United hero Carlos Tevez has scored four goals in his last six appearances against his old club. He has been prolific this season scoring 20 along with a hat-trick last weekend.

If you fancy him to score in this one along with Wayne Rooney you can get a specially enhanced price of 5/1 as part of our 'Match Winner' special offer.  If the game is as high scoring as last season's match you would expect these two to be amongst the goals so that could certainly be worth an investment.

Another man always like to feature in the goals this season has been Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgarian is having the best season of his career and he is 9/2 to score first and 25/1 to score a hat-trick.

I think United are just too strong at home and I expect them to win comfortably against their bitter rivals. That makes the 8/11 odds in the 90 minute market look too good to miss.  In the correct score market I would go for 3-0 to United at 14/1.

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