By News Team
6th March 2020
Manchester United are unbeaten in nine games and booked their place in the latter stages of the FA Cup in midweek, denying former player Wayne Rooney a dream goal and win in the process.
They will have their work cut out doing the same against rivals Manchester City on Sunday, but know a win is needed both for local bragging rights and in their battle for a top-four spot.
Ighalo to bag another goal?
United’s signing of former Watford striker Odion Ighalo was met with ridicule by fans, both Red Devils and neutral, when confirmed in January, with many describing it as “desperation time.”
However, after a small coronavirus quarantine session, the Nigerian striker, who had been plying his trade in China, scored on his full debut in the Europe League trouncing of Club Brugge at Old Trafford.
He has since added to his tally twice, bagging a brace against Derby to help his side successfully through to the next round of the FA Cup with minimal fuss, taking his tally to three in three.
With Marcus Rashford’s injury still giving United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a headache, Ighalo looks set to start after gaining more fitness as they welcome their fierce City rivals to their stadium.
The 30-year-old can be backed at 2/1 to score anytime against Pep Guardiola and Co, while those expecting the hosts to hit the ground running can back him at 13/2 to open the scoring.
De Bruyne to play pivotal role
With Liverpool such a dominant force in the Premier League this campaign, there aren’t many other players that can lay a claim to being named in the division’s team of the season.
However, one player who can is City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne who has continued to shine for the Citizens even when others around him have struggled to replicate last season’s form.
The Belgian international has bagged an incredible 16 assists for his team-mates this season, four more than Liverpool’s Alexander Trent-Arnold and double that of third-placed Riyad Mahrez.
With City needing to continue that winning momentum as they head into the latter stages of the Champions League and FA Cup, the former Chelsea man will without doubt be instrumental. He’s 23/10 to score anytime.
No such thing as home comforts
You’d expect home comforts to play a huge part in any derby, not least one of the fiercest in the Premier League. However, the stats suggest otherwise when United face City.
That’s because the away side has won this clash in six of the previous seven head-to-heads, including last time out when Nemanja Matic netted in a 1-0 Carabao Cup win at the Etihad Stadium.
The exception to this rule came in November 2018 when David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan scored in a 3-1 win. But at 19/5, a home win looks unlikely here.
Instead, with both sides scoring in five of their last seven meetings and the away side scoring every time, it’s worth back both teams to score and City to win at 19/10.