Manchester City only lost two Premier League matches last season. One of them was a pulsating 4-3 defeat at Anfield and the other came in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.
That match was remarkable by virtue of the fact that the Citizens stormed into a 2-0 lead and ransacked their bitter rivals before Manchester United somehow contrived to turn the game on its head and deny their opponents the chance to celebrate the Premier League title that day.
That result will have stuck in the craw of Pep Guardiola and his team are massive favourites to gain a revenge of sorts here, with William Hill going 2/5 that the champions of England claim a derby victory and also go into the international break leading the way at the top of the table.
Champion Form Continues for City
It’s extremely hard to oppose City, especially at the Etihad Stadium where they boast a 100% record after six wins and they’re averaging four goals per game. They blew Southampton off the park last weekend and Ladbrokes chalk up an enticing 11/10 about them leading at half-time and full-time here.
We should note that this is a Manchester derby and the Red Devils have several big game players who will be massively up for this contest, with United showing signs of life under Jose Mourinho ever since they turned the game on its head against Newcastle.
Bet365 offer 15/2 that history repeats itself and the visitors are celebrating a victory at the final whistle, with the memory of last season living long in the memory and United have their own aspirations of landing a place in the top four after a recovery which has seen them record wins over Everton and Bournemouth.
Martial to Score?
Mourinho’s men also drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge and you can get 4/1 with William Hill that this clash ends all square, with the United manager making a habit of avoiding defeat in big games against other top teams. However, they will have to defensively improve on that Bournemouth showing where they were lucky to only be 1-0 down.
The form of Anthony Martial certainly provides more than crumbs of comfort, with Paddy Power going 12/1 about the Frenchman breaking the deadlock in this game and he’s sure to occupy the central striking role again.
However, City are teeming with goals and the form of Raheem Sterling has been outstanding pretty much since the campaign began, with the England forward priced at 11/2 to score the opening goal with Betfair, while Paddy Power have 33/1 that the former Liverpool man bags a hat-trick.
Big City Win and BTTS
It’s going to be a brilliant match to watch and we like the 7/4 with Ladbrokes that Manchester City win this match and both teams find the net. United have scored eleven times on the road this term and are sure to create chances against a team who have conceded three goals at home thus far.
On the correct score market, Bet365 have 40/1 about City winning the game by a 4-2 scoreline and we can see things getting ragged if the home side start the game quickly, with Mourinho having had to contend with Juventus away in the Champions League leading up to this match which certainly won’t aid their cause.