Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Preview – 26/10/16

Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Preview – 26/10/16

Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Preview

In our Manchester United v Manchester City betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola lock horns for the second time this season as Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho hasn’t got off to the best of starts with The Red Devils, his side are down in seventh in the Premier League and come into this clash fresh from getting thrashed 4-0 by Chelsea. The United faithful will be demanding a big response here against their City rivals and it promises to be pulsating clash. The Citizens make the trip across Manchester at the top of the Premier League but things haven’t gone too smoothly for them in recent weeks too. City are without a win in five games but they’ve already proven they can win at Old Trafford after coming out 2-1 winners at the start of September.

Manchester United fans came into the new season full of excitement that they could compete at the top of the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. Huge amounts of money were spent in the summer luring the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the North West but things haven’t gone fully to plan for Mourinho and his stars. They’ve gone down to three defeats already in the Premier League and they haven’t tasted victory since their win over Leicester at the end of September, so there’s plenty of pressure on them.

United secured their place in the fourth round of the cup after defeating League One outfit Northampton Town. It was a difficult tie for The Red Devils but they came out 3-1 winners courtesy of goals from Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford. Mourinho named a rotated side for that clash but with their current plight and the fact he’s still searching for his strongest XI we’re not expecting many changes this time round. One change that will be enforced however will be the absence of £30m defender Eric Bailly. The Ivorian picked up a knee injury in their drubbing at Stamford Bridge and he could be out for some time.

Manchester City arrive at Old Trafford at the summit of the Premier League and after a fast start to life under their new boss Pep Guardiola, they’ve also found it tough of late. The Citizens are without a win in their last five games so there’s plenty of pressure on them coming into this clash. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, it was a game they should have gone on to win but they had to settle for a draw after Kelechi Iheanacho’s second half equaliser. The young Nigerian impressed again coming off the bench and he’s expected to start for City here.

Guardiola is expected to make some changes for this one but due to their incredible strength in depth it won’t be a weakened side. The Spaniard will have a near enough fully fit squad at his disposal with the exception of Kevin De Bruyne, who went off with a calf injury against Southampton. He scored the first goal in their win over The Red Devils back in September and his absence could lead to a re-call for Nolito in the City attack. The Citizens will be desperate to get back to winning ways and a victory here would be the perfect way to do it. Despite their recent winless run, they’re playing some of the best football in the country and if they perform to that standard then the hosts will have their work cut out.

This is the stand out tie of the round and we’re expecting plenty of drama at Old Trafford. The rivalry between these two has always been fierce but the arrivals of their new managers had added even more fire to this clash. Guardiola won the first clash back in September and we’re expecting his side to have enough to leave with a victory again this time round, but it won’t be easy. We can see this game going all the way so Manchester City to qualify at 1/1 looks like excellent value. Regardless of which side gets put out by either manager, we’re expecting it to be a fiery affair. 50 or more booking points is priced at 1/1 and looks like a banker if the previous meetings between these two are anything to go by.

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score: (Best Priced at 4/5 at bet365) BET HERE

Manchester City to qualify: (Best Priced at 1/1 at Paddy Power) BET HERE

50 or more booking points: (Best Priced at 1/1 at SkyBet) BET HERE

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Watch highlights from the last meeting between these two sides here: