Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 11th November 2018

This was a derby Manchester United dominated in the 1990s but the resurgence of their local rivals in recent years has since seen them very much dethroned. The boys in blue are now seen as the kings of Manchester and this is something reflected in the odds for this match. Jose Mourinho’s men are priced at 13/2 for the win, showing just how far they’ve fallen.

If able to upset the odds on Sunday, the Red Devils will not only spice up an already exciting looking title race but they’ll go closer to returning to the top four. Mourinho may have had higher ambitions pre-season but the competition at the top of the Premier League is as fierce as it has been in years. No side has yet managed to beat Manchester City in the league however, so doing so will be a tall order for the visiting side.

Top Tips

Manchester United to win or draw @ 11/5

Under 2.5 goals @ 13/8

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Manchester City News: Goals keep on coming

Manchester City Match at Etihad Stadium
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Southampton faced the daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium last weekend and it didn’t take long for them to be blown away. City raced to a 3-0 lead after just 18 minutes and they continued plugging away until the very end, ending up with a six-goal tally.

Pep Guardiola’s men managed the same haul during Wednesday’s clash with Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian outfit are by no means pushovers but they had absolutely no answers to City’s attacking prowess. 12 goals in two matches shows just how incredibly talented this City side is and, moreover, that there is no risk of complacency either as they seek to improve on the many records they set last term.

De Bruyne hit by another spell on the sidelines

Kevin De Bruyne only returned to action mid-way through October but his comeback was short lived thanks to a fresh problem developed last week. A small consolation for City fans is that the latest setback does not involve the same knee that kept him out for two months at the start of the season.

Although injuries can strike at any time, Guardiola will be frustrated that it came so late on during a League Cup contest that was already won. The Spaniard admitted his side are better with the Belgian present but they have been coping well with his absence this season.

Manchester United News: Red Devils produce shock in Turin

Manchester United v Manchester City at Old Trafford
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Juventus hadn’t lost a single game all season before Manchester United paid them a visit on Wednesday night. The Old Lady did have a couple of injury issues but were still expected to maintain their perfect Champions League record. Everything was going according to plan when ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo fired the home side ahead.

United hadn’t looked like grabbing a goal of their own all game but in the final five minutes they struck twice courtesy of Juan Mata and an Alex Sandro own goal. Ever one to show class and grace, Mourinho taunted the home fans at full time, the sign of a manager who has regained some of his swagger.

Lukaku a major doubt

He’s not reached top form this season but Romelu Lukaku remains a player that Mourinho would like to have at his disposal here. The powerful striker missed out on featuring at the Juventus Stadium and his minor injury is putting his involvement this coming weekend in jeopardy. He’s been training alone as he attempts to return to full fitness but his manager said that he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Sunday. Alexis Sanchez could be given the job of replacing him but the Chilean has just the one goal to his name this season and has looked very much off the pace at times.

Analysis: A clash of two great minds

The relationship between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has improved drastically since their La Liga days, with the pair supposedly on good terms now. On a purely professional level though, there remains a real rivalry as both managers try to boost their ego by edging the other out during these tactical battles. Guardiola has the home advantage and superior form to boot but does Mourinho have a trick up his sleeve as he seeks to beat the Spaniard for a sixth time?

United capable of raising their game

As we saw in the Juventus Stadium and at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United are capable of competing with the top teams in Europe when away from home. They unexpectedly beat their local rivals when last at the Etihad Stadium so it would be foolish to write off the visiting side.

They have lacked consistency this season but the big games are often the ones where Mourinho makes a name for himself. His men will have taken an abundance of confidence from their mid-week win and they stand a decent chance of another positive result. United are being underestimated by the bookies so back them at the attractive price of 11/5 to win or draw on the double chance market.

Mourinho happy to park the bus

United will set up for this game defensively, just as they did against Juventus in mid-week. It took a true moment of magic from Ronaldo to break the deadlock in Turin so City are unlikely to be handed an easy path to goal.

Guardiola’s men have racked up some huge scorelines this season but less so during the big matches against their key rivals. The Citizens didn’t score against Liverpool and only managed one against Spurs last month as they adopted a more conservative approach. Another instance of under 2.5 goals (13/8) is well worth backing as those expecting the home side to flood men forward could well be left disappointed.

Recent Matches

Pep Guardiola has been unable to assert his authority on the Manchester derby as of yet. He’s faced United five times since taking over at City but only two of the bouts ended in victory. Will the Red Devils remain a tough foe or will the league champions begin to reign supreme and really give their title rivals something to think about?

7th April 2018: Manchester City 2 – 3 Manchester United

Manchester City approached this game knowing that a win would see them crowned champions. The chance to celebrate a league title in front of their local rivals was something Vincent Kompany described as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Initially his teammates seized the moment, racing into to a 2-0 lead. Whatever the inspirational Mourinho said at half-time did the trick though as his men staged a phenomenal comeback, forcing City to put their title celebrations on ice.

10th December 2017: Manchester United 1 – 2 Manchester City

Manchester United trailed their rivals by eight points ahead of this match which was seen as a must win in order to keep the title race alive. Jose Mourinho blamed Michael Oliver’s decision not to award his side a penalty as the reason for the loss but his negative style deserved more of the blame. The United boss named an attacking line-up but his men lacked any sense of adventure, recording the least amount of possession in a home league game since OPTA records began.

27th April 2017: Manchester City 0 – 0 Manchester United

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise at how tense this game was with the two clubs separated by just a point in the race for fourth place. Guardiola’s men had the lion’s share of possession but lacked the killer instinct when pulling the trigger. Sergio Aguero did come close when hitting the post but otherwise the Red Devils weren’t too troubled as they set up camp in their own half to claim a credible point.

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