Manchester City v Manchester United is a game of mammoth importance in the 2011/12 title race. With so much at stake, the eyes of the world will be focussed on the Etihad Stadium, and before that, bookmakers will pour over every statistic possible before pricing up what will be one of the biggest betting games of the year. With the bookies on red alert, are there any scraps of value to be had?



First Player booked – Yaya Toure 10/1 @Ladbrokes

The bookmakers have covered every single angle of this one, as must be expected. No stone has been unturned, and every market looks bereft of any edge whatsoever. At times like these, punters must get creative.

The ‘First player booked’ market may not be the first bet that springs to mind, but Yaya Toure looks a fair punt to see the referee’s notebook first. Having seen yellow in 4 of his last 7 competitive games, and 6 of his last 12, Toure has been no stranger to the book since returning from the African Cup of Nations. He was also booked in the Community Shield against United, and in a midfield battle that will prove key to the overall result, 10/1 offers a good price. Paul Scholes heads the market at 8/1.


Manchester City v Manchester United Betting verdict

With no value on offer in the traditional markets, it could pay to look further afield. Yaya Toure in the First Player booked market is 10/1 with Ladbrokes, that looks big given his recent disciplinary record.