By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 10th November 2018
The first edition of the Manchester Derby is set to take place on Sunday afternoon when the Red Devils head east across town to the Etihad Stadium. Jose Mourinho’s men come into the fixture fresh from their late smash and grab against Juventus on Tuesday whilst the Sky Blues dispatched Shakhtar on home turf.
Man City vs Man United: odds and projections
The William Hill traders have priced up the Sky Blues as favourites to come away with all three points with their odds of victory wagering at 4/11. A win for Manchester United is not projected to be a likely probability with those odds figured at a 13/2 pick.
A derby day draw is betting at 9/2 although our Man City vs Man United predictions and betting foresee only one outcome: a convincing victory for Manchester City without return.
Pep Guardiola dispatched Southampton last time out in the Premier League, putting six past a hapless defence that simply could not cope with the attacking extravaganza that was the City attack.
The Saints actually had more shots on target against Manchester City (4) than any other club this season but that only seemed seemed to motivate Pep Guardiola’s players to inflict more pain and misery.
Those six goals meant City have now scored 33 goals so far in the Premier League – the highest amount in the league – with an average of 3 goals per game.
Raheem Sterling caught the eye in that display in a week where he has reportedly verbally agreed a new five-year-deal with Citizens. Our Man City vs Man United predictions and betting tips forecast him to score more than once this weekend and odds of 6/1.
Manchester United meanwhile continued their Premier League recovery with a late winner against Bournemouth, securing back-to-back Premier League wins with three victories out of their last four pushing them to 7th position.
Mourinho’s men too have form in this fixture having come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 last season and last losing in the league away to City all the way back in 2014.
Jesse Lingard is back in contention whilst Marcus Rashford could keep Romelu Lukaku sidelined with the Belgian failing to score in his last eight games.
Head-to-head record (most recent first): Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United, Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City, Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United, Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City, Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City.
Man City vs Man United predictions: score, best bet, goal-scorer tips
The first instalment of our Man City vs Man United predictions and betting tips comes in the form of a score prediction where we forecast a win to nil victory for the boys in blue.
Manchester City to score and win without return is betting at enticing odds of 29/20 and is a bet that would’ve brought a return in five of City’s last six games in all competitions.
Defenders Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are the talk of town with the young duo impressing at the heart of defence has conceded a mere of four goals in the league this campaign.
Shutting down Anthony Martial – who has five goals in his last four league games – will be key to any chance of grabbing a clean sheet.
Score prediction: Man City 2-0, odds trading at a 13/2 pick
Complimenting our best bet prediction is our score projection that sees our Man City vs Man United predictions and betting tips back a 2-0 result for the Citizens.
Despite recent good form in the league, The Red Devils simply haven’t looked on par with some of their rivals with all of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool not just higher up the table but also appearing a lot more solid and potent going forward than United.
Odds of Man City winning 2-0 is wagering at 13/2.
Goal-scorer tips: Raheem Sterling to score 2 or more, odds trading at 6/1
The 23-year-old forward has never scored against Manchester United – not in 11 previous appearances for City nor Liverpool – but the final instalment of our Man City vs Man United predictions and betting tips are backing him to break his goalless streak in emphatic fashion.
With six goals and five assists in the Premier League so far this campaign, the England international is in the form of his life and can be confident of making a dent in United’s recovery.
Effective on either flank, scoring and assisting regularly and constantly popping up in dangerous positions, Sterling has proved to be a menace for Premier League sides this season.
His underlying stats too make for impressive reading with Sterling averaging 2.7 shots per game, 2.3 key passes and 3 dribbles proving he is a threat from a variety of ways. At odds of 6/1, go figure.
Man City vs Man United predictions: Opta Stats
- Manchester United, who won 3-2 at the Etihad last season despite being 0-2 down, are looking to win back to back Premier League games at the stadium for just the second time, also doing so with wins in November 2008 and April 2010.
- Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is still yet to score against Manchester United in the Premier League, attempting 19 shots in 12 games without success; among players with at least 50 Premier League goals, only Robbie Keane (22) has played more times against the Red Devils without scoring than Sterling.
- Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games against Man Utd, but has failed to score in his last three against them since.
- Anthony Martial has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for Man Utd – he could become the seventh different player to score in five or more in a row for the club in the competition.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.