Manchester City suffered a huge blow this week as they lost 3-0 in the first leg of Champions League quarterfinal at Liverpool. The league leaders will be eager to do some damage-control when they host local rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The Citizens can win the league with a win against United, and doing so against their local rivals would go a long way in getting over the recent disappointment.
However, Pep Guardiola might decide to the prioritise the return leg against Liverpool and rest some of his key players in the derby. Despite their struggles in Europe, City remain on course to complete a treble this season. They enjoy a 16-point lead on United, so the league title is only a formality now.
United will be desperate to avoid the embracement of seeing their local rivals lifting the trophy. So, we expect to see a defence-first approach from Jose Mourinho’s side. The Red Devils currently occupy the second spot with 68 points, but a defeat on Saturday could see them slip down the table.
However, they are on a nice run in the league and have won their last four games. Last weekend, United claimed a 2-0 home win over Swansea City.
Earlier this season, City claimed a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, and we are backing them to complete a double over United.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Match Facts
City are currently on a 14-game winning run at home in Premier League.
The Citizens have lost only game in Premier League this season.
City are currently on a five-game winning run in Premier League.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Team News
Sergio Aguero could return to City squad after missing four games with a knee injury.
Sergio Romero and Daley Blind are sidelined for the visitors.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Match Odds
City are favourites to win, and you can back them at their best odds of 11/12 at Unibet. We are backing a home win as our prediction for this game.
A draw is available at 14/5 odds at BetVictor, and a United win can get you 17/5 odds at the same bookmaker.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Correct Score Odds
We are backing the Citizens to claim a 2-0 win this game. Our prediction is available at the best odds of 9/1 at Bet365.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Sergio Aguero is the favourite to score at 13/10 odds at Paddypower. Gabriel Jesus is also a good option at 13/8 odds at the same bookmaker. However, we are backing Raheem Sterling as our prediction in this game. Sterling is available at 15/8 odds at Paddypower.
For United, Romelu Lukaku is available at 40/17 odds at Unibet and Alexis Sanchez at 16/5 odds.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
Last three Manchester derbies at the Etihad have ended with less than 2.5 goals. We are backing the same outcome as our prediction in this market. Our pick is available at 21/20 odds at BetVictor.