Manchester City vs Manchester United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City will be hoping to heal their wounds after a devastating evening at Anfield on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola’s machinery looked just unrecognizable on the night as they fell 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie with Liverpool. The defeat is even more spectacular if we know that the Citizens have not made a single shot towards Karius’ goal.
The hosts will thus come into Saturday’s derby with bitter city rivals Manchester United in poor spirits. The good news for Guardiola is the fact the match won’t have a huge impact on the outcome of the Premier League given that his men are 16 points above the Red Devils at the top of the standings. As the matter of fact, Man City could theoretically secure the title with a win here, but that shouldn’t be on Guardiola’s primary list given that the rematch with the Reds is on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho’s side will head into the game in a much better mood. They have managed to recover from the early Champions League exit after the home loss to Sevilla. The Red Devils have won back-to-back clashes with Brighton & Hive Albion (FA Cup) and Swansea City (league). Romelu Lukaku was the man who has inspired these victories. The Belgian forward has generally been enjoying a fantastic form lately. He has scored five in last four games and he will definitely fancy the fact Man City shipped three in mid-week’s loss to Liverpool.
Manchester City vs Manchester United: Head-to-head
The Citizens came on top in the first Manchester derby of the season. David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scored goals in a 1-2 victory at Old Trafford.
Interestingly, five of last seven head to head games have ended with less than three goals scired.-
Overall, United lead the H2H tie by 15 wins coming into 153rd clash with the Citizens.
Manchester City vs Manchester United: Prediction
Mourinho tend to park the bus against stronger teams in England and we expect him to do the same against city rivals once again this Saturday.
With City in poor spirits after the mentioned defeat to Liverpool, we do find the value in backing the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at 2.00 odds.
As for the outcome, we’ll shoot for the draw at 3.60.
Manchester City vs Manchester United: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00
Draw @ 3.60.