SportyBet Manchester City vs Manchester United betting preview [Manchester Derby]

Manchester City host city rivals Manchester United on Thursday night in a very important match for both sides, as they aspire to finish in the top four this season.

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Manchester City host city rivals Manchester United on Thursday night in a very important match for both sides, as they aspire to finish in the top four this season.

City are currently sitting in fourth position on the log, with just a point above their opponents, who are in fifth despite a 23-game unbeaten run in the Premier league. Jose Mourinho reiterates that winning the Europa League is now his priority, because it offers an alternative route into the Champions League.

The showdown to be hosted at the Etihad Stadium is the third of its kind this season, with Pep Guardiola's men winning the reverse fixture at Old Trafford 2-1 in September. Pep could become only the fourth manager to win both home and away Manchester derbies in a debut top-flight season. SportyBet have Manchester City as favourites to win at (1.86), while a draw at (3.70) is also very likely, as both teams are almost evenly matched.

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Manchester City vs Manchester United betting preview [Manchester Derby]

 

United got a sweet revenge by knocking out their rivals in the last 16 of the EFL Cup, which they eventually became champions, after beating Southampton in the final. The Red Devils' last visit to the Etihad, which was last season in the league, ended in a win for the visitors. A win for Manchester United is available on SportyBet at (4.13).

Mourinho's record against Guardiola and City is not a good one, as the Portuguese has won just four of his 18 meetings with his Spaniard counterpart (D6 L8), failing to win any of his last four Premier League games against Manchester City (D2 L2) – this after winning six successive top-flight encounters with the Citizens between December 2005 and February 2014. Manchester United have won three, drawn one, and lost two of their last six encounters with Manchester City.

The last time these two sides met on a Thursday in the Premier League was in November 1994, with Manchester United winning 5-0 thanks to an Andrei Kanchelskis hat-trick. When the two teams last met at Old Trafford in September 2016, City won 2-1. A correct score of a 2-1 win for Manchester City is available on SportyBet at (8.55). Manchester United did win 1-0 at the Etihad in March 2016, and going for a repeat of that scoreline in this tie is available on the same sport betting platform at odds of (7.78).

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Manchester City vs Manchester United betting preview [Manchester Derby]

 

Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho assisted a goal and scored one in the reverse fixture for the Citizens, and the odds that he scores anytime in this encounter is (2.30). Sergio Aguero is the likeliest to score anytime, with odds of (1.86) on SportyBet.

The Nigerian striker Iheanacho also has the tendency to be the player to find the back of the net first at (5.18), followed by Gabriel Jesus (5.26), while the player with the most tendency to score the first goal is Aguero (3.84). With United's main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured for the rest of the season, it is likely that the striking duties will fall to Marcus Rashford. Rashford has proved he can perform in big games and will be keen to leave his mark on the Manchester derby. United's top choices are Marcus Rashford (7.26), Wayne Rooney (8.22) and Anthony Martial (9.18) for first goalscorer, and the same players are at odds of (3.10), (3.45) and (3.80) respectively to score anytime.

Argentine striker Aguero is in good goal-scoring form currently, as he has now scored in five successive Premier League appearances for City and could equal his best run in the competition with a goal in this match (six appearances in a row between April-May 2016). The 28 year old has also scored eight goals in 10 competitive Manchester derby appearances, so putting your money on the goal poacher won't be a bad idea.

City's last eight games - same as United's last six - have ended with two or more goals. Over 1.5 goals is priced at (1.25) by SportyBet, but going for over 2.5 at (1.80) could also be worth it.

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Guardiola is hopeful that both Sergio Aguero and David Silva will be fit to play after the former was susbtituted in extra-time on Sunday, with Guardiola insisting he was "dead" from a kick he received during the first half of normal time against Arsenal. Striker Gabriel Jesus was to start City's last game but it didn't happen because he only returned to training on Monday and a Thursday start is unlikely, leaving the manager with only one fully fit striker, Kelechi Iheanacho.

Fernandinho was also substituted during extra-time but he is said to have trained normally at the start of this week. John Stones has missed the last two games through injury and will be assessed ahead of Thursday night. Ilkay Gundogan remains sidelined with a serious knee injury.

United have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks and will be without several influential players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo both picked up serious knee injuries against Anderlecht last week, while Juan Mata is also out for the season after undergoing groin surgery earlier this month. Centre-backs Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are fully fit and back after injuries sustained during the last international break.

Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw were kept on the bench at Burnley on Sunday and the first three are likely to return to the side.

Mourinho suggested on Sunday that Paul Pogba may be too tired to play, though it remains likely that he will. Wayne Rooney started and scored at Turf Moor but it could be he who drops out to accommodate Rashford.

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Manchester City host city rivals Manchester United on Thursday night in a very important match for both sides, as they aspire to finish in the top four this season
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City are currently sitting in fourth position on the log, with just a point above their opponents, who are in fifth despite a 23-game unbeaten run in the Premier league. Jose Mourinho reiterates that winning the Europa League is now his priority, because it offers an alternative route into the Champions League.

The showdown to be hosted at the Etihad Stadium is the third of its kind this season, with Pep Guardiola's men winning the reverse fixture at Old Trafford 2-1 in September. Pep could become only the fourth manager to win both home and away Manchester derbies in a debut top-flight season. SportyBet have Manchester City as favourites to win

at (1.86), while a draw at (3.70) is also very likely, as both teams are almost evenly matched.

United got a sweet revenge by knocking out their rivals in the last 16 of the EFL Cup, which they eventually became champions, after beating Southampton in the final. The Red Devils' last visit to the Etihad, which was last season in the league, ended in a win for the visitors. A win for Manchester United is available on SportyBet at (4.13).

Mourinho's record against Guardiola and City is not a good one, as the Portuguese has won just four of his 18 meetings with his Spaniard counterpart (D6 L8), failing to win any of his last four Premier League games against Manchester City (D2 L2) – this after winning six successive top-flight encounters with the Citizens between December 2005 and February 2014. Manchester United have won three, drawn one, and lost two of their last six encounters with Manchester City.

The last time these two sides met on a Thursday in the Premier League was in November 1994, with Manchester United winning 5-0 thanks to an Andrei Kanchelskis hat-trick. When the two teams last met at Old Trafford in September 2016, City won 2-1. A correct score of a 2-1 win for Manchester City is available on SportyBet at (8.55). Manchester United did win 1-0 at the Etihad in March 2016, and going for a repeat of that scoreline in this tie is available on the same sport betting platform at odds of (7.78).

Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho assisted a goal and scored one in the reverse fixture for the Citizens, and the odds that he scores anytime in this encounter is (2.30). Sergio Aguero is the likeliest to score anytime, with odds of (1.86) on SportyBet.

The Nigerian striker Iheanacho also has the tendency to be the player to find the back of the net first at (5.18), followed by Gabriel Jesus (5.26), while the player with the most tendency to score the first goal is Aguero (3.84). With United's main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured for the rest of the season, it is likely that the striking duties will fall to Marcus Rashford. Rashford has proved he can perform in big games and will be keen to leave his mark on the Manchester derby. United's top choices are Marcus Rashford (7.26), Wayne Rooney (8.22) and Anthony Martial (9.18) for first goalscorer, and the same players are at odds of (3.10), (3.45) and (3.80) respectively to score anytime.

Argentine striker Aguero is in good goal-scoring form currently, as he has now scored in five successive Premier League appearances for City and could equal his best run in the competition with a goal in this match (six appearances in a row between April-May 2016). The 28 year old has also scored eight goals in 10 competitive Manchester derby appearances, so putting your money on the goal poacher won't be a bad idea.

City's last eight games - same as United's last six - have ended with two or more goals. Over 1.5 goals is priced at (1.25) by SportyBet, but going for over 2.5 at (1.80) could also be worth it.

TEAM NEWS

Guardiola is hopeful that both Sergio Aguero and David Silva will be fit to play after the former was susbtituted in extra-time on Sunday, with Guardiola insisting he was "dead" from a kick he received during the first half of normal time against Arsenal. Striker Gabriel Jesus was to start City's last game but it didn't happen because he only returned to training on Monday and a Thursday start is unlikely, leaving the manager with only one fully fit striker, Kelechi Iheanacho.

Fernandinho was also substituted during extra-time but he is said to have trained normally at the start of this week. John Stones has missed the last two games through injury and will be assessed ahead of Thursday night. Ilkay Gundogan remains sidelined with a serious knee injury.

United have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks and will be without several influential players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo both picked up serious knee injuries against Anderlecht last week, while Juan Mata is also out for the season after undergoing groin surgery earlier this month. Centre-backs Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are fully fit and back after injuries sustained during the last international break.

Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw were kept on the bench at Burnley on Sunday and the first three are likely to return to the side.

Mourinho suggested on Sunday that Paul Pogba may be too tired to play, though it remains likely that he will. Wayne Rooney started and scored at Turf Moor but it could be he who drops out to accommodate Rashford.

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