On Sunday afternoon, the in form and outstanding Manchester City, current Champions of the Premier League will put their unbeaten record on the line at home against their most fierce rivals, Manchester United, in what promises to be the biggest and most exciting game of the weekend.
After last weekend’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton at home, City moved two points clear at the top of the table after their nearest rivals, Liverpool, could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Arsenal. That combined with Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, saw the Reds drop from second to third with the Londoners moving into second on goal difference.
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However, it is City’s performances this season which have been so imposing, they have netted a staggering 33 goals, conceding just four, and their goal difference is far superior to even their closest opponents.
In contrast, Manchester United have already been beaten three times in the Premier League this season and although recent results have been better, including 2-1 wins in their last couple of games against Everton and Bournemouth, the truth is that United are not playing particularly well at the moment.
However, it was a similar story last season, when the Red Devils travelled to face City on their home turf. City took a 2-0 lead in that game but United roared back in the second half to grab three goals and claim a stunning 3-2 victory, City’s only defeat at home in the Premier League last season.
Alongside this massive game, there’s also plenty of other big games to look forward to starting with a crucial home game for Cardiff against a Brighton side that do not have the best away record in the Premier League to say the least. Tottenham face a tricky trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, while Leicester’s home game with Burnley will certainly be an emotional occasion for all at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
This is followed on Sunday by a quartet of games featuring sides inside the top seven. It begins at Anfield where Liverpool take on a Fulham side that are bottom of the table, before the action switches to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea take on Everton. The last two games both start at 4.30 with Arsenal facing a Wolves side who have lost their last three, and of course, the Manchester Derby rounding the weekend off in style.
We’re going to focus on that big clash in Manchester this weekend for our main game this week and remember, if you fancy a flutter, bet365 Sport is a great choice. New customers can sign up with the bet365 Sport New Customer Offer, which offers you up to £100 in bet credits once you have signed up and deposited.
Manchester City v Manchester United
Sunday – 4.30pm
Manchester City – (4-3-3) – Ederson, Walker, Mendy, Laporte, Stones, Silva.D, Fernandinho, Silva.B, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.
Given how Manchester City are playing at the moment, I can’t see any reason or Pep Guardiola to want to change his side. Even with Kevin de Bruyne sidelined once again, I think City will stick with the same team that have been so dominant in recent weeks. That means Mahrez continuing instead of Sane in the wider role and Fernandinho anchoring a creative midfield that includes the two Silva’s, David and Bernardo.
Manchester United – (4-3-3) – De Gea, Young, Shaw, Smalling, Lindelof, Matic, Pogba, Fred, Rashford, Martial, Sanchez
With fitness concerns over Romelu Lukaku and with Antonio Valencia only just getting back to fitness, I can’t see Jose Mourinho making too many changes for the trip to City. Rashford’s winner against Bournemouth last week may see him start, especially if he was on the bench against Juventus in midweek. I can see Mata sitting out for Rashford as the England striker’s extra pace could cause City problems. Other than that, I’d expect Fred to start in midfield, unless Fellaini is fully fit in which case the Belgian could well get the nod.
Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 1/3
It was a shock last season when United won this fixture, and it would be an even greater shock if they were to do so this season. It is incredible to see United an 8/1 shot to win this game but that does underline the difference in quality between the two teams at the present moment in time. City are flying and are looking untouchable at the moment. As such, I would expect them to gain some revenge for that defeat last season by landing a win here.
Correct Score – Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United – 11/1
Having backed City to win, which is no great surprise, now we come to look at the score. United have been improved of late in terms of results but their performances are still nowhere near that of the top teams and while you may get away with that against Bournemouth or Everton, you won’t at City. As such, I fancy City to score at least two, more likely three goals at the rate they have been finding the net. United, I fancy, will score the one as I think defensively City are weak at set pieces, but I am expecting City to win the game handsomely.
Anytime Goalscorer – Riyadh Mahrez (Manchester City)
After something of a slow start at Manchester City, where he was in and out of the team and struggling to find the form that made him such a great player at Leicester City, it is fair to say that Riyad Mahrez has found his niche in the team. Any player capable of keeping Leroy Sane out of the team on a regular basis must be doing something good and Mahrez is bang in form at the moment. He’s also grabbed a few useful goals of late and I am backing him to be one of City’s goalscorers in the game at the weekend.
Other Premier League Tips
There’s ten games in total this weekend and nine more if you discount the Manchester derby, so we have gone through the full list of games this weekend to give you our tips on each of the other matches taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
- Cardiff City v Brighton – Home Win
- Huddersfield v West Ham – Away Win
- Leicester v Burnley – Home Win
- Newcastle v Bournemouth – Draw
- Southampton v Watford – Away Win
- Crystal Palace v Tottenham – Draw
- Liverpool v Fulham – Home Win
- Chelsea v Everton – Home Win
- Arsenal v Wolves – Home Win
Back these nine games as above, plus Manchester City to beat Manchester United in a tenfold bet at bet365 Sport and you would receive odds of 785.59/1 on the bet (as of Tue 6th November at 2.45pm). A £10 stake on this bet, if successful, would therefore see total returns of £7865.90.